Monday, February 27, 2012

A Day To Remember

February 25th, 2012 I went through the Oakland Temple to receive my own endowment. What an amazing experience it was. It was a hard decision whether I should go through the temple out here in California or if I should fly home and go through in Salt Lake. What ended up making the most sense was just to go through out here, that way I could save more money, and go through faster and more. Even though only two of my sisters and my Aunt Nancy and Uncle David were the only ones that could make it, it was such an amazing, beautiful experience. I know that there were many of my loved ones who have passed to the other side that were there supporting me as well. I could truly feel of their spirits in the temple and it was such a neat experience.
Going through the temple for the first time was such an amazing experience. It is hard to articulate what it was like and how it felt. It was both foreign, yet familiar. It was simple, yet so complex. It was beautiful. I'm excited to be able to return to the house of the lord and learn more about his perfect plan for each of us. I am so grateful for the temple and for the covenants I have made with my father in heaven. I still have a lot to learn but I have a testimony of the reality of the gospel and that through the ordinances in the temple we can be eternal families. I am so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life and for my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What a privilege it is to take part in such an amazing gospel.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Called To Serve

A complete unexpected surprise came in the mail today. I officially submitted my papers exactly 10 days ago and was anticipating receiving my call in about 2 more weeks. I had joked that it would be awesome if it would come while my mom was in town visiting and sure enough.. It did!
(I tried a couple of times to upload the video of me opening my call but it wouldn't work.. I'll work on getting it uploaded.)

Sister Goates,

You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are are assigned to labor in the Washington DC South Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months.

You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the English language.

I can't believe it!!! I'm really going to be a missionary... for reals! It's not something I'm saying that I may do or that I'm thinking about doing... I'm really doing it MAY 2ND 2012!!! I cannot tell you the feeling I have had all day! It's hard to articulate but it's a feeling of a little bit of everything at the same time. I feel so honored to be a servant of the lord for the next 18 months and know that my call to the Washington DC South Mission is inspired and that is where the lord needs me. I'm totally stoked!!

Sister Goates