La mia chiamata per la missione di Milano

Well, first of all, my world kinda flipped upside down when this announcement was made.  I didn’t know how to react. I remember saying, “Is he kidding?  Is this real life?”  And then for weeks, the idea became more of a reality.  It seemed too good to be true.  Could I really go now?  Is a mission what the Lord wanted me to do?
Every time I watch this video, I get the chills. Tears fill my eyes. I am so excited.
Quite honestly, I’ve always wanted to serve a mission and bring the world His truth.  I just didn’t know if the timing would be right, or if that was the Lord’s plan for me.
I believe in personal revelation.  I know that as I turn to Him, He will provide answers to my prayers and give me direction in my life.  As I started working on my papers, the decision felt more and more right.  (I didn’t faint when I had my blood drawn, and that had to be a sign :).)
But, of course I would serve a mission.  Why did it take me so long to figure it out?  I wanted to be sure.  I wanted to do what the Lord wanted me to do.  And you know what He told me?  If I wanted to go, I should go.  And heck yes, I wanted to go.  So here I go.
My Stake President asked me “if there was anywhere I wanted to go, where would it be?”
  “Wherever the Lord wants me to go,” I said.
“Yes, of course.  But, you must have a place you dream about going.”
“Well…Italy. I would love to go to Italy.”
Last Wednesday, I found out my call had been mailed.  Probably the longest day of my life.  I started crying when I told my mom it might be coming that day. And all day, I kept waiting for a text from my Grammie that it had arrived.  My dad texted me every hour, saying “so?”  And at 5:00, it arrived, a time for  a Google plus hangout was set, and the waiting began.
I have to say, I have watched this video a few times. I’m quite dramatic. But I’m Emma, I freak out and get dramatic 🙂 Please watch, and share in my excitement.
Italy, Milan. 
May 1st.
We had a huge Google hangout going.  So much fun.  I wish my family could have been there with me, but it was so fun for all my cousins and my grandparents to share in the moment with me.
My best friends were there! And seriously, these girls are my best friends.  I don’t know where I’d be without them.
4 of us are serving missions.
Ellie: Poland, Warsaw
Jasmine: France, Paris
Karina: Argentina, Cordoba.
Watch out world.
My cousins from Salt Lake came down.
Andrew is serving a mission in Oklahoma right now.
Thanks for coming 🙂 It means a lot.
I couldn’t be happier.
I know this will be the hardest thing I will have ever done in my entire life.
But I have a testimony of this gospel.  I love my Savior.
Feed my sheep, He said. I will serve those around me by serving a mission. As I study the missions of the apostles after Christ left the Earth, I strive to feed His sheep.
I want to tell the people of Italy that they have a Savior who loves them and who died for them.
I want to tell them that Christ’s gospel is restored upon this Earth.
I want to tell them that they can be with their families forever.
I want to share with them my knowledge that The Book of Mormon is the word of God.
I can’t wait to share this in Italy.
(Remember how 8 months ago I was blogging all about how I’d be in Italy in a year, and how I was trying to learn Italian?)
May 1st.  96 days left and counting!
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