What He Gave Me

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Blinking through tears, I looked down at the yellow card in my hands. Only fifteen minutes before, I'd stood on the sidewalk of the Missionary Training Center, saying final goodbyes to people I could hardly bear to leave, feeling like my heart was breaking 

Deciding to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was the hardest thing I've ever done. It took everything in me not to drop by bags and go running back into the arms of those who I wouldn't see for 18 months.

Instead, I swallowed hard and forced my feet one after the other. I was handed a yellow card, which told me my classroom location, apartment number.......and the name of my companion. As I looked down at the card, my heart jumped at the sight of the name printed in bold. Surrounded by people, places, instructions, manuals, and directors that were completely unfamiliar to me.......I knew that name!!

Mattie Butler!!! 

licking the cream soda tree:)
I knew I loved her already:) Turns out, we'd friended each other on FB weeks before, when we both found out we'd be serving in Chicago at the same time. And in a truly miraculous way.....we ended up as companions!!! Sure enough, we met our first day.....both shell shocked and looking like deer in headlights.....but we managed to make it through our first 24 hours in the Missionary Training Center, and from the start, I knew we'd be best friends.

In the days and difficulties of class room instruction, teaching, homesickness, doubt, happiness, and learning that was clear that we needed each other. We became so close.....SO close! We had girl talks under the stars at night, cried over missing our familieshugged after spiritually-incredible lessonsshared Altoid mints to stay awake in class, splurged on BYU creamery ice cream, and did round-offs down the hallways to kill energy:)!


I love that girl!!!  And since her leaving to go home, I miss her like C.R.A.Z.Y.!!!

Looking back on my decision to serve--the struggle, heartache, goodbyes, and sacrifice it required-- yea, it was hard....but God is grateful for every effort we take to follow and serve Him so he rewards us in return.

 It's been a year since Mattie and I became friends, and I'm still in awe of God's goodness to me in returning me with blessings for serving a mission......

He gave me a best friend:)

<3 you Mattie!!!!

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