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Sunday, March 14, 2010
Suspense.... Then Bam! Really?!
So three weeks ago Wednesday I turned my papers in. The secretary of the stake presidency said that it should take two to three weeks but probably three cuz of the day I turned them up. Well a week passed and I was straight trippin because I wanted my call immediately. I had like fifty dreams the whole first week and I was going insane waiting. Then last Tuesday my dad was talking to my Bishop and he told him he had looked online and saw that my papers had been sent from Salt Lake. Well they almost always send calls to the mail place on a Fridays. So he made an educated guess from experience from previous missionaries he has sent out and told my father it would be here on Thursday and my pops told me. So Wednesday couldn't go through fast enough and I was again freaking out having to wait. So Thursday finally came but I had work... When eleven came I told my sister to check the mail for me and she responded with a depressing no it had not. By this time I was in a very sad. I got over it pretty quick and told my self it would come the next day. On Thursday night I had a dream that I walked out to check the mail box at the same time the mail man drove up. He asked me if I was Elder Tyler Pete Arnett. I said why yes I am and he handed me a large envelope. I was so excited and ran inside to open it. Just as I pulled the paper out I awoke from that lovely dream to my sister needing me to take her to school. I thought after that dream it had to come today. So I took her to school and went home and kinda chilled till about nine thirty then I went out and checked the mail... nothing yet. Then I went inside my home and went to my bed and opened my blinds which have a view of the street so I could see the mail man come. I started to get tired so I decided to take a little nap till eleven and then I would go check. I fell asleep and then maybe ten minutes later my sister came into my room saying Look what came! I was sooo excited until I realized I couldn't even open it to at least later in the day but I wasn't too bummed. I figured out a good time of when I could open it when friends and some family could come watch which was late enough for high school kids to come but not to late for me to go on my camp out with the priests. I decided to open it at three fifteen and let me tell ya it could not come soon enough. Friends and family started to arrive at about two fifty and thats when I started to get nervous. Every time I looked at the map and saw all the guesses from people I kept thinking New Zealand or Japan. I honestly thought I would go to one of those two places. I really wanted to go foreign and learn a language. So when everyone got to my house by three twenty I started to open. My face got all hot and everyone was watching and waiting in anticipation. I started to read and as I started my eyes jumped straight to it but I didn't say it out loud. As I read aloud the Dear Elder Arnett, I kept thinking "really?! Thats where I'm going?!" the one state I told myself I did not want to go. Then when I got to it I read out loud The California Sacramento Mission and Immediately when those words came from my mouth and everyone started to cheer I felt the spirit come over me and I knew that is where the Lord wants me to go. I hadn't even thought about Sacramento. I always said oh it would suck to go to Cali cuz of the beach and the people there but as I started thinking about Sacramento and I realized how inland it was and how different it would be than the coast and I started getting excited. As everyone cheered I kept thinking ok shut up now I want to see if I would get the second thing I wanted... a foreign language. Once everyone quieted down I kept reading and it said I should anticipate to preach the gospel in the English language... really?... English. State Side and English... but then when I started thinking about it more i realized how much a blessing it will be. I will only be in the MTC for three to four weeks which will give me a whole lot more time out in the field to experience real missionary life... but there was a third thing I wanted out of my Mission Call as well. To leave as soon as possible. I kept reading and as I read you should report to the Provo MTC on May 12th... I started getting real excited! May 12th! Then I realized it was March 12th that day... I have two months! Since I report so much earlier than most my friends and i'm not learning a language I probably won't see most of them in the MTC which will be a bit of a bummer but I know i'll make new awesome friends. I'm excited. I am counting down the days. 58... Dang that's close. Its funny cuz you think you know what you want, but then something like this happens and you realize the Lord knows you better than you do yourself. I never once thought about the blessings going to Sacramento and speaking English can be for me. I am so excited to go and I have talked to a couple of people who have lived there and am getting more and more excited the more I hear. I am sooo thankful for a Savior who loves me and knows me so well. Getting my mission call has strengthened my testimony so much.