Monday, July 7, 2014

Peru, My Love.

Dear Sister Hill,

"Aaaah I'm so excited!"

You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

You are assigned to labor in the PERU CUSCO MISSION!!
(caps and exclamation points added cause I'm so stinking excited.)

New Scriptures! 

It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months.

You should report to the Peru Missionary Training Center
(That's AWESOME! Am I right? Yes, yes I am. Promise.)
on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

I'm that head my dad is hugging.
You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Spanish language.

Peru, my love.


My goodness what a WONDERFUL day that was.

I loved opening my call.
I loved reading words straight from the First Presidency letting me know where Heavenly Father wants me to serve for a short (but ever so long) 18 months.

The rest of the letter was amazing too. 
Wow! I tell you what, wow!
(bonus points if you can name that movie)

I especially loved that I was surrounded by some of my closest family members and one of my best friends.
They all made the trip SUPER short notice to watch me open my call.
We were convinced it wasn't coming that week.
(problems with the online system, I guess.)
And SURPRISE, it came!

Best. Surprise. Ever.
I burst into tears in the middle of Walmart when I got my mom's text.
And I wasn't even embarrassed

So thanks, everyone who was able to make it!
And those of you who were on Skype and phones.

You're all amazing people and I love you and I'm so glad you were a part of that day!

Also, I can't stop quoting The Emperor's New Groove in my head.
You know. 
The name is Kuzco. Emperor Kuzco. 
He gets turned into a llama.
He's the kid emperor of the Incan Empire?

Think about it.

Guesses. Which were all wrong.

Love me some Landrum girls and Uncle Mike.
Callie Hansen.
(Also crying. So much crying.)

My Jacker Cracker.
He'll be bigger than me when I get back.

Our relationship in one picture.

Two of my cute step sibs.
 I can't wait to serve the people of Peru.
All that's been on my mind every minute since I opened my call is
"How can I adequately prepare to serve them?!"

From struggling to learn Spanish
buying cute mission clothing, 
studying, living, and breathing the scriptures and the gospel,
pinteresting what my beautiful Peru and its beautiful people look like,
to learning random facts like one American dollar is worth 2.77 Peruvian Sols.

I'm doing my best.
I know that Heavenly Father called me to Cusco for a reason.
The more I learn about Peru, the more I realize how perfect it seems to be for me.
I can't wait to share the most important thing in my life with the people in Cusco, Peru.

I can't wait.
And I'm in love with Peru already.

Love from,
The Llama Hermana

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