Thursday, February 7, 2013

Called to Serve

I knew when President Monson made the announcement that mission ages were lowering that Jenessa would go on a mission. I almost had an insta-cry moment even though I knew the departure date was months or even years away. Jenessa who repeatedly denied that a mission was a guarantee said simply that she would pray about a mission while on her study abroad in Jerusalem (like going to the Holy Land and walking where Jesus walked would make someone less inclined to serve the Lord :) ). Jewels told her in no uncertain terms not to pray while she was there (Jewels was only half kidding).  And now it's official, Jenessa is working on her papers, getting blood work done at Palestinian hospitals, and preparing to be Sister Hutchins somewhere in this crazy world.
(Jenessa at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem)
 I would be lying if I said I wasn't dreading Jenessa's announcement, despite the fact that I know Jenessa makes no decisions lightly...and if she decided to go, it would be the best decision for her. And I may or may not have been in a slightly cranky mood for the last two weeks because of the email that came with the official declaration that a mission was in the immediate future. That said, this morning, I saw on my Facebook newsfeed a video from the Deseret News. I have no idea how that was in my newsfeed. I don't follow the Deseret News. I honestly don't even like it as a real news source, but watching this video of Olympus High School graduates from the class of 2012 opening their mission calls was the first time I grasped the possibility of Jenessa's decision. I still will need therapy when Jenessa leaves, and Jewels may need to move to California as a sanity saver for us both, but this sister is finally genuinely excited for the youngest member of the J-team to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Stay tuned for the official call - fingers crossed that it comes soon.


Karla said...

Serving a mission was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Both in the experience itself and in the life lessons/breadth and depth of understanding that it gave me for the rest of my life.

Whenever I have dropped off my children (all three served) at the MTC, I see these mothers crying all over the place. That has never been me. I am nothing but thrilled when we drop them off -- because I know what awaits them and I am almost giddy about what they are about to experience.

When Pres. Monson made the announcement about the age change, I sobbed and sobbed... out of pure happiness.

I'm so glad you are excited for her.

Jenessa Hutchins said...

I love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love you. Thanks for the support from 8000 miles away. I adore you more than you will ever know.

Lauren said...

I love that you and Juliann have ceased all prayer (not reeeeeally) for the next two years. Equally love Juliann declaring "We don't pray in this house anymore" at dinner.