Wow. I absolutely cannot believe that my seven month waiting period is finally completed! I feel like every decision I have made in my life has accumulated to this moment and I couldn't feel more prepared. Although I am nervous about my Spanish and about being placed in the advanced/native speaking class at the MTC... I know that I will be blessed and that the Lord will guide my thoughts and words. As I complete some last minute preparations today, I can't help but think about all of the people that have led me to this point. I am in awe at the love and continual support I have felt from my family, ward, and other friends. I can't believe that for the next year and a half I will be serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a young girl I dreamed about serving a mission, but never imagined it becoming a reality. It is now safe to say that this is getting EXTREMELY real. I don't know what the next year and a half will hold... I am super nervous, excited, anxious and about every other emotion, BUT, what I do know is that my Savior loves me. He is well pleased with my decision to serve a mission. Although it will be hard and there will be days where all I want to do is give up... I know He will be there to push me through. I know that He is my brother and that my Heavenly Father loves His children and wants the absolute best for them. I know that this journey over the next 18 months will teach me things and show me things I could have never imagined. I know that I will miss my family... but I also know that it is the sacrifices we make that allow greater things to come to pass. So, everyone... wherever you may be... THIS IS IT. I am ready. I am worthy. I am prepared. And I couldn't be more excited.
Until next week...
MTC Mailing address:
Hermana Erica Pierce
JUL 14 CO-DENS
2023 N 900 E Unit 861
Provo, UT 84602
Mission home address (after July 14):
999 E Tufts Avenue
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Wow! It seems that the two months I've had to relax and prepare to leave for my mission are quickly slipping away. As May came to a close, I had the opportunity to give my "Farewell" address to my church congregation on the weekend of my sister's wedding. It was wonderful to have my immediate, extended, and ward family smiling back at me during such an emotional and vulnerable time.
Due to vacations and other festivities on Memorial Day weekend, several have asked if I could record my talk. For those of you that missed it and (for some reason I have yet to comprehend) want to listen to the talk I gave in our services, here it is! Special thanks to my brother Steven for diverting to major stealth mode to attain this recording.
|May 25th - Farewell Talk|
16 DAYS until I report to the Provo Missionary Training Center and begin my journey as a servant of the Lord for the next year and a half! I can't even begin to explain all of the emotions I am feeling... anxious, excited, nervous, sad, happy and everything else far and in between. Let the real countdown begin!