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