Today was my missionary farewell at church. It went super well! All of my family was there and some friends and just the people from the ward. Sister Allen (who was my seminary teacher for TWO years, and is very special to me) spoke first, then Sister Rice (who was one of my primary teachers, YW president for a bit, and my Laurel class teacher) and I was last. Afterwards we went back to our house for lunch with the whole family and then at 3:45 I will go back to the church to be set apart! Its crazy that it has come up so fast! And I'll officially be a missionary tonight!
Check out my mission farewell talk here.
And here is the audio version.
Today I got to go through the temple. It was quite the experience. It was peaceful and beautiful. I didn't really have a ton of prep going into it so I really had no idea what to expect. But it was such a good experience to be with my family, learn many new things, feel the peace and happiness of being in the temple, and (my favorite) finally getting to see how absolutely stunning it looks on the inside:)
Something that really touched me was afterwards when we went out to dinner with the whole clan, my uncle TJ came up to me while we were there and said how truly proud of me he was and how he is thankful for the great example that I set for my little cousins, especially the older boys who will also be going on missions in the next few years. I am so grateful to be able to set this example to them and I know they will (and are) setting a good example to the ones younger than them. I'm gonna miss my family so much when I leave but I know its for the best, and its only 18 months...thats hardly no time at all. Nothing will change when I'm gone, right?? 😉
"Dear Sister Griffiths:
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 INDIANA INDIANAPOLIS 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, JANUARY 13, 2016. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the English language."
I'm feeling nervous excited scared and everything in between. Never in a million years would I guess that I would go to Indiana, but here I am, accepting my call to Indiana!
At first when I was sliding the paper down the page I saw the capital I's and immediately thought it was Indonesia! So I freaked! Then I pulled it the rest of the way down and saw Indiana. I had no idea what to think! Indiana? What the heck? That is so random. I secretly wanted to go to a different country, or at least somewhere more exotic than Indiana. But as I started to talk about it and just accept it in my mind I knew it was right. I have no idea why it's right, but I do trust in the lord and his plan for me and I know that my call was inspired. And I can't wait to serve the people of Indiana!!!!
The other thing that caught me off guard was the day I leave! January 13! That's so soon! It's 54 days from today, just short of 2 months! That is so soon, but I am so ready! And Heavenly Father knew that.
On top of all this it is my birthday today and in my mission prep class to get to teach part of a discussion! Yay for progress, learning, and a very VERRY good week:)
Chick here to watch the video of me opening my call!
MY CALL IS FINALLY HERE!!!!
It was the best feeling in the world to open up the mailbox and see a big white packet waiting for me! I wanted to rip it open right then and there and just see where I was going but I knew I had to wait till wednesday so my family could all watch. All night on tuesday and all day wednesday all I could think about was my call and where in the world I would be called to serve.
Stay tuned to see where I will be going!
Well it has been about 3 weeks since I turned in my papers. And about 2 since my call has been assigned, and I still haven't gotten it!!!
I'm definitely still trying to be patient but it is so hard when I've been looking forward to this every single day. My roommates and I go and check the mail every single day hoping we will see a nice white envelope in there waiting for me! I can not wait to find out where I will serve and the people I get to serve! I already know that I will be looking up everything about that area that I can before I leave (not that I will truly know what it's actually like when I get there).
Every time I go to my Mission Prep class I learn so many new things and I am becoming more and more ready to serve the Lord and teach people about Him. "Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongue be loosed; then, if you desire, you shall have my Spirit and my word, yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men."
My mission call has been assigned as of this afternoon!
Today at approximately 3:30 I was calmly sitting at my desk in ASL class, minding my own business. I got up to go to the bathroom and naturally checked my phone. I had a message from bishop that said my call has been assigned! I was freaking out! When I came back into class I told some of the girls around me as I was hyperventilating. It was quite an exciting moment!
Of course the first think I do is text my mom, then my family and close friends including my roommates:) I decided that there was no way I would be able to concentrate till 7 in the library studying so I just went home.
I am so excited to serve the Lord for 18 months. I dont even know where the heck im going but im still excited to serve those people! I never thought that I would make the decision to go on a mission, but I guess thats just what I gotta do. And im so dang excited for it!
I have created (and will be updating) the map that has all of the guesses I’ve received! Its so cool to see all the different places you guys think I’m going! Thanks for the guesses! Keep em coming!
Mail me a letter:
Sister Emily Griffiths
2301 E 2nd Street Apt 14
Bloomington IN 47401
Mission Office address:
Sister Emily Griffiths
Indiana Indianapolis Mission
777 Sunblest Blvd
Fishers IN 46038