Thursday, November 15, 2012
So I have my call. I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was when I opened my mailbox and the letter was sitting there. I have to let you know, I am honored to have been found worthy to serve a mission for the Lord. Honored to see "Sister Ellen Rose Ervin" on the very front of the call. I don't think anything has ever made me more proud in my life. I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt I know this is the right place for me. I can feel it.
"Dear Sister Ervin:
You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Italy Milan Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months.
You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Italian language.
Thomas S. Monson
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Now that my mission papers have been submitted, everything seems so much more real. I, Ellen Rose Ervin, will leave my home, my family, and my friends for eighteen months. I'm terrified, completely and totally terrified. But I know everything will be just fine. I cannot wait to receive my call, to know where I'm going to serve. I know it's going to be difficult, without a doubt the most difficult thing I've ever done. But I also know it's going to be worth it. Because I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. Jesus Christ is the Son of God; he is my Savior and my Redeemer. This is the only thing that makes sense to me, and I'm grateful the Gospel is in my life.
As far as the blog goes, you probably know the drill. My mom will post letters and pictures from my mission here for you to read. Whether you are a frequent visitor or just an occasional passerby, know that I love you. I love all of you. You have given me the strength to do this, and I cannot thank you enough for that gift. Soon I will let you all know where I am going. I eagerly look forward to the chance to share that with you. -Ellen