Tuesday, August 11, 2015

When I opened my call I cheated and read ahead. I was looking for two words, Dutch and Netherlands.  Just a brief background that is my mother in that photo and she is from the Netherlands. She moved to the states when she was 22 and was instantly introduced to the church and soon baptized. She is still the only one from her family who lives in the states and is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have grown up with my moms dutch influence in my life.  When we were first learning how to talk my dad would talk to us in English but my mom would also talk to us in Dutch.  So as a kid I used to beagle to speak Dutch fluently. But then we stopped using it and the skill was lost. Since then I have been wanting to learn so I could speak to my family members in Holland.  My Opa (Grandpa in dutch), does not speak english.  So it is hard to communicate with him.  I prayed overnight asking if I could speak dutch but that I would also be fine with whatever language I speak and wherever I go.  I trust him. But then I would sneak in this sentence, but I think it would be best if I could learn to speak dutch.  So back to my mission call opening. I read ahead and saw the words dutch speaking and I broke down. I was so happy,beyond happy that I get the chance to teach in my family language! But when I started reading my call I was a little confused. I was expecting it to say I was serving in the Netherlands but instead it said a place I never knew existed! I read "Dear sister Parker, you are hear by called to serve as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Trinidad, Port of Spain Mission. I was thinking of so I'm serving in Spain? But then I looked on the map and turns out Trinidad is in the Caribbean's.  I am so grateful to be serving there and I know heavenly father sends us where he thinks we will touch people the best and I can't lis if I say my mission is pretty awesome.

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