Well, big news today. :) Christian and I went in tonight for our final interview before being issued a mission call! The logistical process of "becoming a missionary" is fairly simple, but it is very structured. It involves multiple meetings with various church leadership to establish recommendations, completing physical and dental examinations, and filling out a personal contact information and an interests/leadership section (KIND OF like what you would see on a college application). And so we've done all we were asked to, and the very last step is to meet with the stake president for a final interview. And tonight we did!
Not only was today the last step of the paperwork process, but we got a little bit of a surprise. President Hall said that he was going to try to submit our paperwork TOMORROW so that we can get be in the cue to be issued a mission call by the General Authorities NEXT THURSDAY, which means we might have our mission calls before the end of August!! Before we all get too excited: because of when our availability date is (Christian's birthday! December 17), we might have to wait until August 17 (120 days before we are available to serve) to actually turn them in. But Pres. Hall told us that he wanted to try to get them in tomorrow, so there is a small chance that we could get our call a few weeks earlier than we had anticipated. It's crazy! It's a small chance, but it's there nonetheless. :)
What an adventure it has been! How crazy is it that this is just the beginning? Well, maybe crazy is not the right word. It's unexpected, and it's different. Definitely happier than anything I could've come up with myself. I sure am grateful for that. :)
Anyway, we have to do some little odds and ends with our medical forms tomorrow morning, and then we will keep you posted on the status of our papers from there. Holy cow--we'll know where we're serving so soon.
Holy cow. It's real.
It's a funny thing to not know anything about where I am going to spend an 18 month chunk of my life--I've told you before I really love my plans, and now my plans are to not have plans...at least not like I am used to. I feel like I should be more nervous, but I'm not. I just want to GO. It's hard to not want to when it just feels right. So I say to myself, "Self, why make it hard?" :)
So anyway, we are excited. :) Thanks for being supportive and interested in our little journey--it's important to us, and we really want to be just where ever we are called. Whatever this experience is--crazy, unexpected, different--it's our life, and we are grateful that it is the way it is right now. We are just happy to be in the midst of a truly joyful adventure. :) We love it! And, most likely, we love you too!! :) Thanks for sharing such a special time with us. :)