Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I love to see the Temple: I went there today

Dear Future Missionaries,
On October 11th 2013 I had the honor of going into the Lord's house for the very first time to receive my endowments.
Do not be scared!
The temple is not a scary place but it is beautiful and I can honestly say there is no where else in the world where I feel my Heavenly Father's love for me more than I do in the Temple.
I received my endowments at the Newport Beach Temple, my family are not members so they were not there. My escort was my Bishop from my singles ward's wife: Sister Anderson. I can not explain to you how much peace it gave me to have here there, she helped me feel comfortable and special. I would also like to claim Sister Lockhart to be my escort as well, she helped me so much while I was preparing to enter the Temple and I am so grateful for her. Along with those beautiful women, their husbands were there, Sister Lockhart's sister Allison (Who took me to church the first time), and one of my Missionaries who taught me (Elder Szabo) were there.
It was such an unbelievable happiness I felt when I saw them all waiting for me in the celestial room.
Don't be scared, be excited!
That is my word's of advice.
Also, via my friend Kenneth don't try to take everything in the first time just breath and feel the spirit. That helped me so much my first time.
Sense then I have started working in the temple and I feel so blessed for this opportunity I have. First, only at a few temples can you be an ordinance worker so young. 2nd, not everyone is as fortunate to live twenty minutes from the temple. 3rd, some people only get to go once or twice before they leave, and some will not even have a temple in their missions. TAKE ADVANTAGE BROTHERS AND SISTERS! If you have a temple and can work in it.. do it. The things I have learned in the short few weeks will carry with me on my mission and throughout my entire life and for that I feel so grateful and extremely blessed.
One thing I have learned is you are nothing I mean NOTHING without the spirit.
I love you all and wish you the best!
Love,
Future Sister Juarez

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Mission Call :)

Hello everyone! :D
It's been so long sence my last post, I'm sorry. Well I did finally have my stake president interview, it was so amazing. Two things I wanted to share about that experience. First, The first thing president Silva said to me was "Sister Juarez are you prepared to be called to Russia in the middle of winter?" I was caught a little off gaurd, but after pondering this for a second I looked at him and said YES! I knew that Russia was extreme but I also knew that my desire to serve a mission was so strong, and my love for my savior was so strong that even if I was called to Russia I'd still be extremely excited and ready to serve. Second, we were talking and president Silva asked me of I had a boyfriend who could be a distraction, I was so happy to be able to tell him no I did not. I felt so much peace and I knew my father in heaven was proud of me. I knew I was really doing the right thing.
Anyways, a week later I was at yougert land with the sister Missionaries and they kept telling me I was going to get my call in a few days and I was like no it hasn't even been sentyet. Then I text my bishop to ask when he thought it would be sent to Salt Lake. He reaponds and tells me that my missin call had been assigned earlier in the day. I was so shocked. I ran around my house screaming "I have a mission!!" "I HAVE A MISSION PRESIDENT! !"
One week later I got my mission call in the mail.
I opened it the next day at my mission prep teachers home. I was surrounded by some family, a few friends, and a tun of Missionaries. The elders who taught me were there and my best friend was on the phone. Of course it was hard to go through this time of my life without a few of my bestfriends, them being on missions, but I felt their love and support.
I was called to serve in the Utah Salt Lake City Mission. I report on my avalibility date. January 1st 2014. Provo MTC. English speaking.
I can not be more thrilled. :)
Love you all,
Future sister Juarez