I never wanted to serve a mission. It always sounded lonely to me. But I am a singer and I love to perform. During the summer of last year, I decided that I wanted to audition to be a young performance missionary in Nauvoo Illinois. As I prepared, I began to reason with the Lord, explaining why I knew that this would be a good opportunity for me. At some point, I realized that I only had credibility if I really was willing to be obedient. So I changed my prayers, and told the Lord what I wanted for myself, but that if He wanted something better for me, I would listen; particularly that if the Lord wanted me to serve a full-time mission, if He would simply give me the desire, I would go.
The day that I was supposed to turn in my audition for Nauvoo, I had a knot in my stomach and I knew that the Lord had something in mind for me. That was in November, and by January of this year (2017) I had started my mission papers.
That semester was the hardest time of my life and I leaned on the Lord more than I had ever known how. I’m so grateful for the experience I had during that time of my life. In May I submitted my papers, keeping it a total secret from everyone, apart from my immediate family.
I took Spanish in high school, so while expecting my call, I realized how desperately I wanted to go Spanish-speaking. I prayed for the Lord to take away that desire and help me to be willing, but needless to say, when I opened my call I was ecstatic. Regardless of how it turned out, I learned how to be honest my Heavenly Father and show him my weaknesses.
My Grandma and Grandpa surprised me by coming all the way from
Mexico (where they are serving a mission) to be here
for my farewell! It was SO fun!