Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Long Story.

Welcome to my blog! :)

Here is the secret you've been dying to know ;) For months, I've told people that I need to wait to serve a mission because of "medical issues." So I'll just throw it out there: I struggled with depression between the ages of 10 and 16 as a result of being bullied. In addition, during my senior year, I had an eating disorder and lost 30 lbs. I haven't had any major problems with either in over a year.

Also, I had a hard time deciding how to share this information...people are generally curious, and I don't have a problem opening up. However, I don't want to come off as wanting attention. I'm a very happy girl and I've been given far more blessings than I deserve! (Especially my parents, who have been my biggest fans since day 1.)

Anyway...

When I submitted mission papers in February, I had to get a psychological evaluation from LDS Family Services. My doctor cleared me of all past challenges and said that I was ready for missionary service. After waiting for five or six weeks, the Mission Department told me that because of the eating disorder I needed to wait until January 2014 to submit mission papers. The Mission Department also advised meeting with a counselor from LDS Family Services again.

I met with a second counselor in May, and he gave me a similar recommendation, saying that I was ready to serve. I brought both recommendations before my Bishop and Stake President. We decided that the best thing to do was to resubmit my papers. They went in on July 5. On July 26, after three weeks of waiting, I was informed that I would be receiving my call. Today, August 1, I received my call in the mail!!!

I am incredibly grateful for my doctors, Bishop, and Stake President. (Right now my Bishop is in the hospital being treated for a serious motorcycle accident. Please pray for his quick recovery!) I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to serve as a missionary for the restored Church of Jesus Christ. I know that he is my Savior. I don't have to be perfect because he is. :)

And I love you all for cheering me on. :)

so much happiness.

is this really happening???

:)

cute faces I sometimes make.

5 comments:

  1. Hey, I love you. I am so excited for you! You really are the best, Sarah!

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  2. You are just the sweetest girl and will rock the mission field!! So...where are you headed???? Much love from us and best of luck and good things ahead!!

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  3. Like I've always said... weaknesses can become strengths!

    <3 Mommy

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  4. That's super! You will be a wonderful missionary!

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  5. You're an amazing sister. God speed Sarah!

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