I made some cupcakes all morning with the help of my mom, sister, niece and nephews :) We tried making them look like the world for the world theme of my opening call party later. It took forever but we got that done and then we fixed up the house. I bought a cute banner from an etsy shop as well as cupcake toppers that could be downloaded and printed. I cut those out the night before and decorated the banner with colorful paper behind the letters. I got the "where in the world?" idea from this blog! I loved the theme! Everything came out really cute. Im grateful for my family's willingness to help because without them I would not have been able to do it by myself.
We had mothers's day celebration + opening my call this night and it worked out because all my family was there and we had food. Anyway, some of my dear friends came and my boyfriend was there too but mostly my family and Im glad because this was mostly for them to be there as I opened the call. I wanted especially the kids to be there so they would get excited to maybe serve a mission some day.
My family is so loud but I love them! we played a game of guessing before I acutally opened the packet. It was fun to see their guesses even the little kids participated. We used tab sticky notes to mark the guesses on the maps. oh yea also my sister had the great idea to project a map instead since I did not have time to buy one and other than the funny shadows it worked out well!
Right after when they were all done marking their guesses we settled sort of haha and I began to open my letter!!! It was an exciting moment mostly for my family and friends; I had previously opened it that week but no one knew because well I wanted them to have that chance of me opening it for them. It was even exciting for me to open it with them! I felt once again a great love for Bolivia and I felt another confirmation that my calling came from my loving Heavenly Father. everyone was so excited and many guessed really close to the place but only one sticky was on Bolivia and it was my little nephew Sami that guessed it!! He was so excited he didn't even read the country's name he just said the green one that's my guess :) Overall I had such a fun time with them and opening it with people you love is definitely a great experience. I think that If I hadn't received my call a week away from this party I would have waited to open it but a week was too long to wait. In the end it does not matter when or where you open it because it's your calling and its a personal thing between your Heavenly Father and you.
I am so grateful for everyone that came and that shared this moment with me. For my aw some friend that was so kind to take beautiful pictures of the whole thing as well as my sister that helped project the map and saved the day as well as my other sister for hosting the party and of course my parents for their unconditional love and support of me going on a mission even if they are scared and I know they would rather me not go. Bolivia aqui voy! Here I come!
Here are some more photos!
Ahhh! When I least expected it I got mail! Wow, I could not believe it at all! Finally here! I had just asked my bishop about the status of my calling on Sunday but he was not able to find more information other than knowing it was assigned, which I already knew. I had begun to feel a bit impatient on Sunday and had prayed and decided that I was going to stop thinking about it all together to avoid getting anxious. Then today, I literally did nothing I wish I had spent my day being more productive and things that brought the spirit, but oh well.
So, it was like 4pm and my dad had just gotten home from work. I was sitting on the couch about to read when I saw him carrying in the mail, I noticed a big white envelope!!!! I jumped off the couch and ran to him to get it haha he didn't realize that he was carrying my calling. I could not contain my excitement and neither could my little sister or my mom. We all jumped and did "woohoo's" and funny little dances, very embarrassing, but I was glad that they were just as excited as I was. My dad he never shows any emotion but it's ok we had enough excitement for him too! Even though I had the calling in my hands I could not believe I was really going on a mission! I couldn't hold it so I left it on the table.
I came back a few minutes later for it and asked my little sister if she could help me out by taking some pictures by the mail box. Yea, still I could not believe it. Also, I was not yet sure when to open it. My parents wanted me to open it right away because even though they were nervous they wanted to know where I was going. I had a feeling that I should open it with them, but for a second I was scared that I was assigned a place they would deem too dangerous. I did not want them to worry and all I wanted was for them to feel good and peaceful and know that I would be okay. So, I prayed in my room and then we prayed as a family.
It seemed unreal when I finally was opening it. I began reading and was filled by the spirit. The words were not so common because I had it printed in Spanish so my parents would understand. The moment I read where I was assigned before I said it aloud, I had a second I couldn't speak . I wanted to cry and my heart was so grateful that I had been given the opportunity to serve where one of my closest friends was serving. It was a moment of personal revelation and right away I knew that indeed that was where I was supposed to go, and the Lord had trusted me to go teach and serve there. Sorry, I haven't said the place exactly. I plan to open my calling Sunday at church and with family so I didn't want to spoil it before then. I'll post on Sunday about that!
I however would like to end this post by bearing my testimony of the church and the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know in my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only true church upon the Earth for it has the Restored Gospel that Jesus once taught when he walked upon the Earth. It contains all the truths and principles necessary for our salvation. I know that Jesus Christ lives. He came into the world to teach and bear the sins of all the world, he died for us and rose from the dead, breaking the bands of death that we too someday will rise from the dead. Because of him we have life and have a way to return to our Heavenly Father and to be with out families forever. We don't have to fear death or sin or our daily trials because there is repentance and baptism where we can leave our sins behind and follow Him. We have His grace and Holy Ghost to comfort us as we go through hard things. We have the scriptures to lead us in the right path, teach us, and comfort us. Just like times of old we have a prophet here on Earth this very moment, who loves us and receives revelation from God to lead his people. We are blessed beyond measure when we open our hearts to receive Him and his gospel. I know these things are true and I bear my testimony in the name of brother and Savior Jesus Christ, amen.