Thursday, May 16, 2013

appointments galore!

So this whole ‘going on a mission’ deal is a secret. i LOVE it. Nobody knows that I am going on a mission besides a few people here in West Virginia.

On April 13, 2013 I had a meeting with our wonderful, new bishop. I told him that I want to serve a mission. This day was the day I officially started my papers. It was really hard filling out the paperwork without help from a parent because I had to figure out all of that confusing insurance, deductible, parent information stuff that I had no clue about. BUT I prevailed!!! I got it all done within a week or so sneakily trying to ask my dad about how insurance works, asking my mom where she served on her mission etc. FINALLY I got the paperwork done. Now I had to get my dental work and physical.

I thought I would just FLY by on this whole thing because I heard stories after the age change about how people got their papers in by the next week. Yep, didn’t happen. After getting my dentist appointment I was told I had eight cavities. EIGHT! (Nasty, right? But I will justify my nastiness by saying I haven't been to the doctors in about 2 years :)
Yeah, so that sucked. But it was okay because I just had to have everything fixed before I go!

Next was the physical. I saw on the paperwork that it asks about your breasts and genitals. OH. MY. GOSH. Yeah, I freaked out about that. The last time I had to have a doctor check my goods it was a sneak attack. My mother took me into that doctors office when I was a youngin’ and threw me a fast ball. Next thing I knew, I was laying spread eagle on that table with the old creepy doctor all up in my bidnezz. I wasn't really down for that happening again.

So...I procrastinated. I put that off for as long as I could. BUT thankfully Sister Boekweg (serving in Morgantown waiting for her visa to go to Australia!!!) helped me! She told me they don’t check there. She said they just asked if everything was normal. WHEW! Definitely a game changer. 
p.s. Sister Boekweg is probably the coolest, sassiest and funniest person ever. I love her!

With finals coming and going, I put off making that appointment anyway. When I realized that my time left in West Virginia was short, I had to crack down and get moving. I went to four dentist appointments (meaning my mouth was numb four different times!) and my physical which ended up being like four different appointments in itself, ALL IN A WEEK. While trying to manage my social and church life, I might add. I mean it doesn't seem as stressful as I am making it sound but oh. my. gosh. lets just say I am soo glad that is over.

Miracle of the week:

The adversary was working SO hard against me this week. Everything was trying to get in the way of me having my interview with the bishop.  Just to name a few:
  • On Monday I had to find a family doctor who would accept me as a patient and give me a physical the SAME day I was calling.
  • My doctor didn't give shots at his private practice. Meaning he had to send me to the clinic that closed at 5pm and at the time it was 4:30pm.
  • While I was at the clinic his fax machine wasn't working to get my order in.
  • I peed all over the cup. hahah, I knew you were dying to know that one! :)
  • My dad found out I was going on a mission.
  • He did not react in the way I presumed he would have. He basically didn't approve/made me feel worthless.
  • I had to wait until Wednesday to get my results/physical form--a couple hours before my interview

Anyway, with all of that against me I was still able to get through it all. The Lord prepares a way and always does. Let me tell you, I was praying more in those three days than I had in another week in my life. When things in our lives aren't going the way we want them to or things come into our lives that aren't welcomed, we have to submit ourselves to the will of God. Things will then fall in place in our lives. As much as the adversary tries to defeat us, the good will always prevail.
"As one's will is increasingly submissive to the will of God, he can receive inspiration and revelation so much needed to help meet the trials of life." - Neil A. Maxwell

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