Hello! Guess what happened this week! On Monday evening I found out that I had been reassigned to the Salt Lake City South, Utah Mission and that I would be serving there until my visa arrived! Needless to say, this was stressful news. I was the first of the Czech Missionaries to find out I was reassigned, then my companion and two others discovered they had been too. I instantly started trying to figure out what went wrong and what my chances were for still getting my visa in time. Then I started trying to figure out if there was something I was supposed to learn from this.For those of you who know me well, you might have noticed that I am very much a “planner”. By this I mean I LOVE to have a plan and looking forward to things. After a little more thought, I reflected on all the events leading up to my mission. I applied to leave early summer, I left in fall. And all sorts of random little plans I had went completely different from what I had originally envisioned. And now, I wasn’t going to the Czech republic for even longer. Through all this I’ve thought the lesson was patience. And I’m sure that was part of it, but then Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella Of the Seventy came and gave a talk on faith and hope. What he said about faith and hope was great, but throughout his message, the spirit was emphasizing a different point, Trust. That was what I am supposed to be learning! Through all these experiences, sure I was practicing patience, but I was supposed to be learning to trust in God and His perfect plan for me. I later came across a scripture that really helped me realize this point.
It was Doctrine and Covenants 84:116 which says:
Let him trust in me and he shall not be confounded; and a hair of his head shall not fall to the ground unnoticed.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t notice or even care when one of my own hairs fall. But God is watching over us to that extreme of a detail. He cares about EVERYTHING that has anything to do with us. He loves us more than we can even comprehend! He cares about what we want just as much as he cares about what He wants for us. He wants us to be happy. This made me realize, Salt Lake City might not be Prague, but if that is where God wants me to go for the next little bit, than that means a few things. One, that there is something I can gain from going there. Two, there is something I can give there. Three, I am going to LOVE it there! As I realized this, and put my trust in His plan, my fears were gone! I was excited! Then I was notified that my visa arrived and I’m not going to Salt Lake anymore! Talk about an emotional roller coaster! At that point, I was honestly just really confused. Why would He reassign me if He knew my visa would come? Then I realized, now that I had been reassigned, and un-reassigned, I now knew that I was for sure going to the Czech Republic on Wednesday, and I had gained a testimony of trusting His plan! Isn’t His plan perfect? I’m so glad that we have a loving God who cares enough about us to have such a detailed and thoughtful plan for each of us. I can’t wait to see what else He has waiting for me!
See you in Europe!