Dates Serving

Serving November 2014 to May 2016. This is a collection of letters e-mailed home from Sister Berry.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Call to Serve

I don't really think of myself as a patient person, but after the experience of waiting for a mission call, I could actually say that I was pretty patient. I was very impatient to turn them in, but after that I was okay. I decided not to worry about it anymore (because I had worried about it for the previous 6 months) and just put it in the Lord's hands. I received my call exactly 2 weeks after sending them. I was super excited and grateful to have it so quick, when others had waited closer to a month or more for their calls. Now, even though I am patient, my mother is not. I opened my call as soon as I got it, waiting only for nearby family to come to open it. And, boy, was it a shocker. 
Dear Sister Berry 
You are hereby called to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Brazil São Paulo East Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months. 
You should report to the Brazil Missionary Training Center on Wednesday November 5, 2014. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Portuguese language.
 I definitely had not expected to go somewhere so far away from home. I had expected to go stateside, and even wanted to a little. I also would have the privilege of learning Portuguese, which was also very unexpected to me. Living in southern Arizona I know a lot of Spanish speakers, and I had hoped that Spanish is what I would speak on my mission. That being said, this call might not have been what I hoped for, I am convinced that this is exactly what I need. Even though all this was unexpected, I am so grateful for this call to serve. I know that Heavenly Father knows who I am and where I am supposed to be, even if I don't know or understand everything. I cannot wait to go and serve the people of Brazil, and I know that God will help me every step of the way.