You thought, since I’ve been eloquent in the past, that I’d have some grand entrance to this post?
I have been called to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the San Fernando, California mission. I report to the Provo, Utah Missionary Training Center on August 28, 2013.
I was really blessed to be surrounded by friends and family, and to have my mom and sister on the phone, and not to mention the loads of people anticipating the announcement of my call.
It is strange to think that after months of anticipation and waiting, it all culminated in a few moments, the tearing of an envelope, tears, exclamations, and the promise of not only 18 months as a missionary, but the rest of my life.
I had no idea how to open my call, all the videos of friends opening it looked so suave and easy. Instead I bumbled around, and finally got to reading it. I accidentally read ahead (sorry guys, I know that must have been killing you). The moment I saw “California, San Fernando mission,” I knew it was the place. I have prayed, morning and night, for weeks that I would receive a confirmation from my Heavenly Father that where I was called was where I belonged. I am overjoyed to say that I know with all my heart that San Fernando is for me.
But I have to say, California never really crossed my mind – it’s were the cool sisters got called, like Sister Broadbent and Sister Ikegami. I was banking on Arizona, honestly!
I am so happy to be able to put a home to the people I’ve been praying for all these months, to know where they live. I am eager to serve and get to know them. I know that San Fernando is where the Lord needs me, and where I personally need to be. I have already seen the blessings of missionary work in my life, and am so very thankful for that. I know it will be challenging, I know it will not come naturally, but I know also that the Lord will be at my side every step of the way.
Thank you for all of your support, love, and encouragement. I have needed it, and will surely need it in the days/weeks/months to come. I am excited to share my journey.
Sister Redner xx
PS – want to know another thing that blew my mind? The Lord’s prophet signed my call. What the what???