Wednesday, October 30, 2013

"Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength."

                On September 21, 2013 I received my mission call to the Utah Salt Lake City West mission.  I have to admit, when I first read the lines I couldn’t believe it.  I was disappointed that I wasn’t going somewhere I had never been, rather I was going to a place I was very familiar with.  I was born in Salt Lake City and lived there for four years.  Practically my whole extended family is in Utah and Idaho, with one family inside my mission and two five minutes away.  I accepted the call, but I think I hadn’t posted here about receiving my call because I wasn’t excited about it.  If I had been going to Argentina or Belgium or Russia I would have been ecstatic, reminding everyone every day that I was going somewhere across the globe.  However, I was assigned to boring Salt Lake where I fly into every semester to go to school and have stay for Holidays while visiting family.
                However, now I’m getting excited to go.  It took quite the paradigm shift for me to understand that I’m going to teach the gospel not be a tourist.  It’s actually a blessing going to a familiar place because I will be able to dive right into teaching without having to worry about a language or culture to wrap my head around.  Because of this assignment I will be able to achieve so much more than if I was assigned anywhere else.  With the Lord’s help I’ll be able to attune myself to him and influence lives.  Now that I understand my purpose I’m excited to start teaching.
                I’ll update you via my mom or other family members who will record the letters I write to them.  Also, if you want to send me packages (I will be either in the MTC or my first assignment on Christmas) while I am in the Missionary Training Center (MTC) you can send it to:

Sister Annah Kirsten Despain
2009 N 900 E Unit 131Provo UT 84602

You can also email me at

When my P.O. box will be sent to me right before I head out for the MTC I will post it on here and facebook.