July 18, 2015
Today has been the most special day of my life so far. Today I had the opportunity to get my endowment. A lot that happens in the temple is too sacred to talk about outside the temple, but I will share what I can.
Leading up to the temple I wasn’t nervous, but Satan was trying to stop me the whole time. He would make me feel unworthy, he would make me think that I wasn’t ready, he made me think that it wasn’t for me. I had dear friends that were willing, worthy, and ready to help me in this time of need. I asked a couple friends for a priesthood blessing and that helped me feel and remember that I am a Daughter of God and I am worthy and ready for the blessings that the Savior has in store for me.
The night before I went I was so excited, so ready, and I just couldn’t wait. Then about midnight my dad text me and told he his plane was delayed and he will make it to the endowment session just not the initiatory. Okay, that’s sad but at least he’ll be there for a majority of it. A couple hour later he text me and told me his flight got cancelled and he was working on getting another flight that would be on time to the session. Then within the hour he told me there wasn’t another way of making it the session. I was absolutely devastated. I prayed to Heavenly Father to please help something work out. I so desperately wanted my dad there with me when I made this essential decision. So I did what I knew I needed to do. I got on my knees and prayed. I asked for peace, I asked for conformation that this is what I needed to be doing at the time. I asked for comfort. I got up off my knees and I knew that everything was okay. That for whatever reason my dad could be there, it was how it was suppose to be. I knew that I needed to continue to do what I already decided I would do.
So I went through. It was amazing. The part that really got to me and that I can share today, is that happiness comes through living the gospel. Let me explain. When one is truly unworthy to enter the Lord’s House then they are unable to receive the knowledge, joy, and blessing that comes from the temple. One of the greatest parts of being in the temple receiving those blessing was the Celestial Room. I entered last. I walk in and all the family that was there for me that day was standing there waiting for me, with open arms. So in reply, with open arms and tears flooding my eyes, I embraced each one of them one by one. I couldn’t imagine life without them, I couldn’t imagine Heaven not having your family and loved ones. One of my best friends parents were in the session with me and I hugged her mom when I was in the Celestial room. That’s what Heaven is about. It is about being with your family and your loved ones for eternity. It’s about being in your Heavenly Father’s and Savior’s presence.
Much like my experience getting ready for the temple, life won’t be easy. You won’t always feel good enough, and some things will be hard to do without those you know are suppose to be by your side. But as you strive to keep the commandments of God, as you make sacrifices to attend the temple, as you strive to use the Atonement daily, and as you pray and study the scriptures you will make it. You will be able to reap the rewards of Heaven because you can say you gave your all. God is merciful, He loves YOU! He wants you to be able to return to live with Him and your family forever. So my word of advice, don’t give up. Give your all even when you don’t have anything to give. There are so many blessings that come as we make sacrifices for our Father in Heaven. The church is absolutely true. It brings peace and pure, real happiness to those that strive to live the commandments set with a happy attitude.
June 20, 2015
Just to clarify, waiting for your mission call is one of the most stressful things ever!
I went on the trek the week that I thought I was suppose to get my call, with hopes that when I returned home I would have a big, white envelope from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Well, Heavenly Father had different plans. I got home and there wasn’t a mission call in sight. I honestly thought that my mom got it and hid it somewhere in the house with hopes that when I finally clean well enough that I would find it. Thank goodness that wasn’t the case either.
Saturday came and I went to check the mailbox with Emilee and Rachel. Nada. When then I decided it was a good idea to find the mail lady so that we could see if she had it… in short, she didn’t and that wasn’t a good idea.
Monday… today was the day I knew it! I was up by about 5:30 a.m. because I couldn’t sleep. I read my scriptures, I studied PMG, I cleaned the WHOLE house top to bottom, I played with the dogs, I wrote my Ma and Pa, I made rice krispy treats, went to the grocery store, visited Brother Gladden. I looked at the clock, 10:30…. Are you kidding me?! Mail comes between 2 and 4…. So I decide to watch Netflix, I fell asleep doing that.. It was about noon when I woke up. I decided to get in the shower and I did my business. I walked by the window in dining room. Mail was here, I knew it. (Mostly because I was mailing some things out and the red flag was down.) I literally started having an anxiety attack, something I’ve never had, soo that was new. I ran and got dressed, did my hair, did my make up, and just paced back and forth. I was scared to death… I finally mustard up the courage and went outside to the mailbox. I brought my ipad so I could record myself opening it. My neighbor was outside so I decided to wait until he left because I didn’t want to scare him away. Finally he was gone. I set up my ipad and went to the mailbox. IT CAME!!!! (Video will not be shown because I was hysterical.) I called my mom told her, (after we got passed most of the tears and her thinking I was in a car accident.) We arranged that it would be opened at 7:30 that night!
I fought to focus through work and it finally came time to go home and get ready to open it! I re-showered, got dressed, wondered around my house, Squid and Rachel showed up and I finally did my hair, then everyone showed up and I decided it was finally time to open it. It went a little something like this.
Dear Sister Ogle,
You are hereby called to serve a mission as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Brazil Florianópolis Mission… You should report to the Brazil Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. You will prepare to teach the gospel in the Portuguese language!
I am so stinking excited to have the opportunity to serve in Brazil! I have been dreaming of the day I get my call for years! I finally have it and it isn’t anywhere close to where I thought I was going and how blessed I am! I know that it isn’t a place you are called to serve, it is the people! I already love the people of the Brazil Florianopolis mission so much. I know that there are certain people there that I promised before coming to earth that I would find them and I would teach them the gospel. I still have a hard time believing I will be serving in Brazil but the more I think about it the more it feels like home. I know that’s where I am needed. I’ve always known it. ( A few years ago I felt like I needed to learn Portuguese so I learned it for about 3 months and I was like, “Why the heck do I need to learn this? I’ll never use it!…. little did I know…)
In mission prep all the time, Brother Webb (being a former member of the 70 and a mission president, I trust that he knows what he’s talking about) has told us that there are people dreaming dreams about you and they are waiting for you to come and touch them in a way no one else can. I was promised a while ago that there will be people only I can touch and I am grateful for that. I love these people and I am so happy that I get to serve them!
Those preparing to serve, remember you are not called to a place, you are called in place of the Savior. You have a sacred responsibility to at least try it. You promised people in the life before this one that you would find them and teach them the gospel. You promised them that you wouldn’t let them be lost their whole life, you promised you wouldn’t give up on them.
Different feelings will come with receiving your mission call. Some will be excited, some will be happy, some will be scared, some will feel inadequate, and some may feel sick that they are going where they are going. My advice is Satan is working hard on stopping you. He will do everything he can until you’re set apart and even when you’re a missionary to stop you from going and destroying his kingdom. Don’t let him. As women, we are not required to serve a mission, but if you once felt it was right and you get your call and decide it isn’t right, you need to be 100% positive that it isn’t right. Satan knows how much good you can do and he doesn’t want that to happen. Pray… A LOT. A mission may not be right for you but you have to know. A really good talk that helped me a lot is below. This talk is brilliant and beautiful!
May 31, 2015
Today was a beautiful day!! Today I was able to have the opportunity to meet with President Farnsworth and attend Nathan Isaacson’s farewell!
Just to clear a couple things up before we begin, I was supposed to meet with President last week up things came up so it got changed to today and I was so nervous/excited that I only got about 4 1/2 hours of sleep.
I was sitting in the waiting area waiting for my meeting when President Harris came out and asked me if I was waiting for a meeting with President Farnsworth and I said yes! He said Oh great! He’s an amazing man and probably one of the most spiritual man I’ve ever met! him saying this eased my fears when finally President Farnsworth came out and said he was ready! That meeting has some very sacred meaning to me now it something’s I can say and I’m willing to saying. First of all. president is truly a man called of God to bring souls into Christ. There is no other man on earth rather I’d rather have had that interview with. He’s one of the kindest people I’ve ever met and one of the most spiritual. It was amazing! It was also beautiful to know that I am worthy and ready to serve a mission for my Savior, Jesus Christ! This Man has sacrificed everything for me and He is allowing me to do a little bit for Him!
Coming out of the interview, Nathan Isaacson was sitting on the couch. Nathan is an amazing friend of mine who was called to the Sofia Bulgaria Mission! Over the years he has truly been an example and a true friend to me. He was going in for his exit interview with president. It was so nice to be in such great company of people who are willing to sacrifice a lot for 18 to 24 months of their life for such a great cause.
So at the end of the day, I have submitted my mission papers and I had to say goodbye to such a great person for 2 years but I wouldn’t trade any of it.
April 25, 2015
HOLY COW! I submit my papers in less than a month!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have a couple things to do before I meet with my bishop then I will be able to turn them in! I am so excited to have this opportunity!
April 15, 2015
Satan is real. Satan is an actual power from the unseen world trying to stop any good choice you make.
Recently, I’ve been filling out my papers because I have almost a month until I turn them in and it has been getting harder and harder. Doubts are creeping up in my mind. Feelings of inadequacy. Feelings of fear for my family. Money issue fears. Fears that weren’t there 3 years ago when I decided I needed to serve a mission. I don’t want them there. I didn’t ask for them. Or so I thought?
About a month ago when I started filling out my paper, I waged a full out war with Satan. A war to stop any progress he will ever make, and a war to help myself and all those I can to come unto Christ.
About a month ago, I asked Satan to hit, I asked him to fight back, I asked for something to try to shake my testimony, and he delivered.
So I will stand. I will stand by my Savior. I will fight head on with Satan to do everything I can do, with the Savior to beat Satan, to win this war with him.
Today I will stand, I will chose to fight harder. I choose to keep pushing through and today I will win the war. Tomorrow I will win. I will continue to win until the last day when the war is over and the Savior reigns again.
Fight on. Press on. Win with the Savior.
March 21, 2015
So today… I went and looked at the calendar and I have 2 months exactly until I can submit my papers…. I went to the Stake Calendar and I learned that I would have an interview with the stake president on May 13th and the next week on May 21st, my papers will be in and they have the very high potential of being assigned that day. They First Presidency assigns the calls on Thursdays. That day is a Thursday and my papers will be submitted Thursday in the morning. I cannot believe that this is happening. My heart can’t hardly handle it. I am so excited for this opportunity to prepare to serve a mission and I am so excited that in the near future I will have my mission call!!!!!!!!!!
March 10, 2015
Sunday I had the longest interview and the best interview of my life! I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with my bishop to start my mission papers!! So many emotions were built up within a few hours. I was excited, nervous, I felt inadequate. I felt a pure love from my Father in Heaven and I felt the strongest feeling I’ve ever felt that a mission is what I need to be doing!!! My avaliblity to date is September 19th, 2015!! I am so excited for this soon-to-be opportunity! I pray that I can one day become the missionary I dream of being. I don’t know where I want to serve all I know is that I have to go and I’m already feeling an overwhelming love for the people Heavenly Father is preparing me for and preparing them for me.
March 7, 2015
So I start my mission papers tomorrow! I am also excited for tonight because Cardena is getting baptized tonight! I helped the sister missionaries teach her a few times and it has been my honor of getting to know her and see her grow and tonight at 6 she is getting baptized. She is getting a new start, she is able to receive the Holy Ghost and start on her path of making and keeping more sacred covenants.
March 2, 2015
I START MY MISSION PAPERS ON SUNDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been waiting for this day for about 2.99 years and it will now be here in 5 days!!! I will finally be able to begin that papers that will determine my next year and a half (from September)! I speak on the 8th at a sister missionary’s homecoming (Tayla Harmon). I don’t know her but I am so excited that the day I start my mission papers I get to speak at a homecoming of a sister missionary who served where Lexi Hansen is currently serving! I’ve heard wonderful things about Tayla and I am honored to share that day with her! I am so stinking excited!!!!!
February 21, 2015
I start my mission papers in about 2 weeks. I am so excited! I submit my papers on May 9th. I will hopefully get my call by May 20th. The earliest I can leave in September 9th (my nineteenth birthday). This blog is here to show that journey of starting my papers, fulfilling my papers, submitting them, waiting for my call, getting my call, opening my call, waiting to leave, on my mission and life after my mission. This blog will be all things related to my mission. Thanks for being along the journey with me! 🙂 Below is the announcement that changed my life in October 2012. When President Monson announced this I knew my prayers were answered. This was announced soon after I found my testimony and knew I wanted to do something about it. Heavenly Father knew I needed to serve and helped me find for myself that I need to serve. Here I am, about two years and five months later I am about to start my papers and change others lives. I know this is what I need to do and I am grateful for modern day revelation and prophets that through them we receive the Lord’s will.
Here we go!