Friday, January 18, 2013

Called to Serve

It's here!!!!!

Sister Crandall,
You are hereby called as a Missionary for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Finland Helsinki Mission.

Yes folks, this really happened. I was shaking before I opened it and I'm still shaking a couple days later just from the thought.

I will be speaking the Finnish language. Which, of course, is the hardest language to learn. Literally. Ever. On the entire planet. Well at least that's what I've heard. And this is seriously the scariest part of the entire experience. I type in simple words into Google Translate everyday and then stare in awe at the fact that I'm supposed to (and eventually will) be able to understand that.

And of course I already feel like I know everything there is to know about Finland just from reading blogs and talking to people/former missionaries, but if anyone knows ANYTHING, seriously anything, that would help me, let me know!! I'd love to talk/hear experiences!
Here's a great Finnish blog my sister showed me:

And here's a list of sister missionary blogs that I read for fun/advice:

Well, I would just like to thank all of my family, friends, bishops, leaders, and EVERYONE for being such a great support for me and at my opening and just through this entire process!

Guys, this is crazy. Just from some of my best friends/family from high school/college, the gospel is being spread to Chile, Korea, Sierra Leone, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Italy, Argentina, Philippines, Paraguay, Japan, Ukraine, Columbia, Brazil, and of course FINLAND!

In the words of my roommate Caroline, "The Church is TRUE!" I can't wait to serve!!