Today marks exactly two weeks since my mission papers were submitted by my stake president. It has not been that long so I am not really stressing. My stake president told me that it would take around 2-3 weeks but I heard from a sister missionary Facebook group that it could take up to 3 months. So I am mentally set to wait. It has not been so bad waiting, perhaps because I have only been doing it for barely two weeks but even during this time I have been rather calm about it and sometimes even forget I am waiting.
It most certainly does not mean I am not excited or anything of the sort but I just like to focus on other things going on at the time. These past weeks have consisted of spending a lot of bonding time with family, shopping (gathering some mission stuff as I can), establishing a scripture study habit, and cleaning out my room. It has been fun to reorganize my room now that I'll be leaving, taking some stuff out starting to sort some clothes that might work for missionary outfits.
I had the blessing of having a sister from my ward offer to buy me some scriptures! I was so happy because I had not bought new ones since I was like 11 or around there ages ago. I love these new ones (I got a quad) and I have started using them for my daily study. I'll make a post later on about the different approaches I take to study scriptures. Anyway, dedicating a time of the day to sit, pray, and study, has for sure been one of the biggest reasons why I can be calm and happy.
I have learned so much and mostly just keep receiving confirmations about the truthfulness of the gospel and the Book of Mormon. Also, about my calling to be a missionary of the Lord. Getting to this point has been a journey as I mentioned in my intro and that is mostly because of my parents. They were not always supportive of me going a mission. My dad is inactive and while my mom does go to church she's still scared for me. They always rejected the idea of me going away and said well "its not required of young women to go" Yes! I know its not, but God wants me to go. I have prayed about it for years now and the feeling of going has been the same from that first time I knew I would go. Now, its just my time. The time has come. The years have passed and it is my time now to spread my wings and go preach and invite and love.
So waiting 3 weeks or 3 months is nothing when I compare it to how many years I have waited for this moment. I am so excited and humbled! I know that it will be a most challenging experience but also a most humbling and blessed one.
So if you are waiting stop stressing out its OK, it really is. Focus on your relationship with Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father as much as you can at this time. It will be worth it!