To those of you who are currently reading this blog, I'm sure you are probably one of three people. A friend, an aspiring missionary-to-be, or my mother. Most likely my own mother. Regardless, I am starting this blog for anyone who might want to know how the Italy Rome mission is treating yours truly. While I am in the mission field, I am going to have my mother keep this blog up to date for me. It will consist of a weekly letter, as well as contact information (email and address), and any pictures I might send home.
I received my mission call about 5 months ago, and I could hardly wait to open it. That night I had a few friends over, a few of my parents friends over, and a lot of friends and family skyping me while I opened my call. Many can understand my excitement in finding out that I was going to spend two years of my life serving the people of Italy. Many can also understand my impatience when I found out that I wouldn't be reporting to my mission until April 2nd (about 6 months!). I am still very grateful for my opportunity to serve, and cannot wait to report in a couple of weeks.
Since then, I have been slowly and steadily getting everything prepared for my mission, from purchasing suits, giving away old clothes, and serving in my church. In less than two weeks, I will be in Provo, Utah, reporting to the Missionary Training Center, where I will learn more about what I am teaching, whom I will be serving, and how to speak the language of the Italian people.
Excited is an incredible understatement. I will personally post once more, and then my mother will take over the blog work. I would like to thank everyone who has helped me to get where I am.
Please write and email if possible! I'll post addresses the day before I leave.