Only two more days in this place!!
Only two more days in this place!!
Hi there 🙂
If you were wondering why I’ve been pretty inactive over here and on Instagram it’s because 1) I just honestly needed a break. 2) Becuase I have been preparing to serve a mission!!!
I never really thought of myself as someone who would serve a mission until I got my patriarchal blessing. That changed it all. It made it very clear that I was to serve a mission and from then on I knew that I would be going. It always seemed far enough away that I didn’t really have to worry about it. Until I came to BYU and everyone started to receive their mission calls. Then the doubts and worries started creeping in. I didn’t want to go to some random place for 18 months where I couldn’t call home. And as dumb as it sounds I didn’t want people to think I was simply going because that’s what everyone else was doing. I wanted to make sure people knew that I going because I LOVE this gospel, not because I wanted to. I loved the college life and would have been perfectly happy with staying where I was at.
But I still knew I had to go despite my worries and so I started my papers. Every day was different for me. One day I would be so excited to go and the next I would just assume not go. But I went forth with faith knowing that the Lord had a plan. As soon as I submitted my papers I felt nothing but excitement to receive my call and serve the Lord I loved so much. Each day while waiting for my call the excitement levels just grew.
Finally, I got the notification that I had a package to pick up and IT WAS HERE!!! The moment I had waited for.
“Dear Sister Albrecht:
You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Nebraska Omaha Mission. Your primary assignment is to labor in the Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters as a visitors’ center missionary.”
Never have I been so relieved in my entire life. I didn’t have to learn a language (heaven knows I can barely speak English) and I didn’t have to leave this great country. Needless to say, I was and am pumped!
I’ve been pondering a lot about why I’ve chosen to serve a mission.
I’m serving a mission so that someday I can be a better mother to my children. A better wife to my husband. A better friend to those around me. And so I can be a better me. I’ve chosen to serve a mission so that I can be a better disciple of Christ.
But more importantly, I’ve chosen to serve a mission because I love my Savior, Jesus Christ, & His gospel. There is nothing that brings me greater joy or peace than this gospel. I am leaving everything for 18 months so that I can serve Him & share His glorious message with the people of Nebraska. I will do everything I can to spread the good word so that everyone will know of the joy & peace that the gospel brings. ❤
And because this will probably be my last post for 18 months I’d just like to share my testimony with all of you. I KNOW that Christ lives. I know that it is only because and through Him that we can return to our Father in Heaven someday. I know that as we do our best to keep the commandments that we will prosper in the land, meaning that we will be OKAY. I know that life is rough and is far from easy but I know life with Christ is so much better. I know that He has a plan for each one of us and it is far greater than what we could ever imagine for ourselves. Learning to trust His plan isn’t easy but it is SO worth it. I know that He does hear and answer our sincere prayers. I’ve seen it in my life too many times to deny it. It isn’t always in the way or time we want but He answers. I know that the blessings of the temple are REAL and that as we strive to keep the covenants we have made there we will be blessed. I am so incredibly grateful for the knowledge that families can and will be together forever if we do our part and follow Him. I know that we are sons & daughters of God. We have divine royalty and a special purpose here on Earth. I know that we are of infinite value and are oh so special to our Heavenly Father. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that when we take the time to read and ponder the messages, there is a power that comes into our lives. I know that Joesph Smith was a prophet of God and that God and Jesus Christ did appear to Him in the Sacred Grove. I know that Russell M. Nelson is the prophet of God on the earth today. I know that as we heed his counsel that we will be okay and that everything will work out. I could go on and on but know that I know that this is the true and living church on the earth today and I am oh so grateful for it.
I wish everyone could understand how much JOY & PEACE came from truly living the gospel of Jesus Christ. Life is hard, no doubt, but life with Christ is SO much better! I can not imagine my life without it. There is nothing I want more than to help others come to understand this for themselves which is why I am dedicating 18 months of my life to serve the people of Nebraska.
If you have ANY questions about what I believe, want a free Book of Mormon, or are just wanting to know more please see mormon.org. Or if you’d like you can email me at email@example.com and I would love to help you.
See my post on Sister Missionary Tips here.
much love & I will see you all in a quick 1.5!
*Also, my sister will be posting my weekly email updates on here, not me. 🙂
A while ago I shared on my Instagram stories asking for advice for those of us leaving on missions soon! I had a lot of you ask me to share that advice with you so here it is!! Also at the end, I added links to every blog post and website that I found useful so check those out too. 🙂
“- follow your mission’s FB page (basically everyone has one)
– shop at TARGET (that’s where I’ve found allll the good stuff- luggage, clothes, etc.)
– get in contact with someone who just returned from there
– duolingo, freshly.com, and YouTube language sites”
“Know that it will be hard. No matter how strong your testimony is, there will be hard times where going home seems a lot easier. But enduring to the end of the mission and finding joy in the little things is so worth it! Focus on the people. Find durable but comfortable shoes. They don’t have to be ugly, cliche missionary shoes. You can find good ones for less at places like Nordstrom Rack and through online sales.
Bring exercise ideas because if you’re stuck inside during workouts, it can get repetitive and boring! Take pictures with people. Those are the most treasured ones afterwards! Also, be super diligent with journaling every day. Sadly after you come home, you forget people’s names and little things that happened. If you can in your mission, take a variety of efy songs and Motab. Every mission is different about that, but the music gets pretty bland after a few months of listening to the same songs
This is so long sorry 😂 also! Don’t forget to just love your companions. It’s hard to live with a random stranger who might not have a similar background or opinion. The only way for your companionship to have the Spirit is to stop looking for bad things that annoy you and serve them everyday and pray to love them more. Hugging and saying I love you helps too! Just remember that you were called to that mission because the Savior needs you there. You’re not called to a place, but you’re called in place of the Savior. Everything will work out! Love every second! It goes by soooo fast.”
“Just love the people and the Lord with ALL of you that you possibly can. Serve hard when you don’t feel like you can anymore. Pray it out. Serve your companion every day. And when you look back at the end (and every day) offer it as your sacred offering to God. Remember that you won’t be perfect- ya repenting is the most precious thing to our Savior, so if you mess up, don’t get discouraged, just trust the Savior, take His hand, and step forward.”
Links to Blogs/Blog posts that I’ve found helpful:
LDS Mission Index (Click on your mission and there is tons of videos, blogs, and stuff about your particular mission!)
My Mission Pinterest Board— Full of outfit ideas, advice, links, and much more!
Places I’ve found good mission clothes:
–MIKAROSE!! I couldn’t find any skirts I liked or the colors I wanted but I went into Mikarose and got four! Highly recommend.
–Downeast. Great for dress slips and undershirts.
-Thrift Shopping!!!! Seriously, go to DI, Savers, Plato’s Closet, etc. They really have some good things for cheap!
-Check FB Marketplace. EEspeciallyif you are in the Utah area. There are LOTS of good skirts and dresses on there!
-Join “Many are called but few are Sisters” Facebook page. This page has been so helpful. So many of those little questions you have are answered on here as well as many other helpful tips and tricks! And don’t forget to join your missions FB page!!
I will be adding to this post as I find helpful things so be sure to check back 🙂