Ok, so I lied. It wasn't my last post. It's 8:02am right now. I've showered, dressed (half way), and slipped into my mom's office for one last post. I just wanted to tell you all what happened last night.
Yesterday I spent the morning lugging box after box of my stuff up the stairs for my mom to bring to her house to put in storage. We'd planned to go to the temple at 2pm but needed to be there at 1:30. It was 1pm and I was still in my PJs and sweatey from all the work I'd done. I jumped into the shower and my mom left. She came back just in time for me to grab my temple bag and we drove to the temple. We quickly changed and ran towards the elevator in hopes my friend Jean wasn't there already and going to leave. Just as the elevator doors were closing I saw Jean running to the dressing room. I waved to her and we got out and followed. The 2pm endowment session had left but it was ok because they did a session every 30 minutes.
The spirit was SO strong that day in the temple! My heart was at a constant burn. :) hehe! At one point I even broke into tears. We lingered for a good 30 minutes talking and I got to see Sister Fraughten again! She'd actually gone to the same session but sat in the back. :) Anna Barbera Herrenecth - born in 1640's has her work done! :) I remember her name because I had the hardest time pronouncing it. :P
After the temple Susan and I watched one last show on TV and then I burned 2 warts off her hand for her. TEE HEE! Odd service, but I did it.
At 6:45pm Shauna, Sarah, Sharon, Susan and I jumped into the car and went to the church. When I got there the high councel room was already open. I popped my head in to see and people were already there! Bishop Richards, Bishop Baggly, Jean, Brother Stone, my mom and my dad. I pulled my head out and giggled then came back in. :) I shook everyone's hands and then went in to my interview with the Stake President - President Welch. I told him how I was a tad bit nervous but I figured as soon as I got to the MTC I'd be ok.
We went back to the high councel room and I chose all of us to sing "Praise To The Man". :) I like that song! I like Joseph Smith! :D
President Welch asked people to bare their testimony and then I'd end with mine. My mom and dad spoke, Jean, Shauna, Bishop Baggley, Bishop Richards, and then it was my turn. By the time Jean spoke I'd started crying so my mind wasn't focusing on a testimony at the moment. I did my best while sucking up tears.
When I finished President Welch pulled up a chair and all the men in the room gathered to help. They placed their hands on my head and President Welch set me apart as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'm and ordained minister and the hands of God! :D YEAY! When they finished I jumped out of my chair and did a little victory dance "I'm a missionary!" to break all the tears with a little laugh. :)
I shook everyone's hands and hugged my dad. Susan took pictures while I cried. I was sure my face was a big red blob at that point. :) I said goodbye to everyone and then went to dinner with Shauna, Susan, Sarah, and Sharon. We stopped by the house so I could get my suit coat since I forgot it.
After dinner we drove by the MTC and Shauna parked inside so we could get a picture of me by the sign. People honked and waved at me - I looked like a missionary except for no name badge. :P I waved back. It was 10pm and teachers were leaving so we walked back to our car. At one point a car stopped in the middle of the exit and watched me. I'm sure they thought I was a run-away missionary. Lights out at 10pm so a missionary out in the parking lot with "visitors" is against the rules. You're actually not even supposed to have visitors so I broke a lot of rules! Haha! When I got in Shauna's car the car that was watching me waited a little while longer and then left. Everyone was laughing at this point.
On the way home I started singing songs and everyone joined in. At one point I came up with:
"My mission has a first name, it's M-I-S-S-O-U-R-I! My mission has a second name, it's I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-C-E! 'Cause Heavenly Father has a way with M-I-S-S-I-O-N-A-R-I-E-AND-S!"
We were in tears laughing so hard! Believe me, no one could figure out how to spell past Missouri. haha!
We drove back to the house, picked up the last of my things, and went over to my parents. Susan and Sarah slept over. At 6:45am we all woke up and Susan and Sarah left to go to work and school. We said goodbye and I jumped in the shower and here I am.
It's 8:23am and I'm reporting to the MTC at 1pm. My tummy is rumbling and I feel a little sick. I can't believe it! I'm a missionary, RIGHT NOW! :) YEAY! I've done the easy part - getting set apart as one. Now I have to report to the MTC and work like one. I feel exactly the same as I did before but I feel the spirit now with full force! It's an awesome feeling! YEAY FOR MISSIONARIES!
Sister Marie Christine Zamora
Missouri Indepenence Mission
Missionary Training Center
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604