It’s hard to believe that it’s been just over a month since I left home! Time seriously flies, I’m in the Mexico City Missionary Training Centre (CCM) until Monday night and then i’m off to Ecuador! There’s no place like the CCM. It’s so special and a living definition of “being in the world but not of the world.” It located in the middle of the city and you can hear policer sirens, cars honking and fireworks going off constantly. But in the CCM it’s a completely different atmosphere. It’s like a safe haven from the world and it’s because of the Spirit that’s here. And i’m going to miss that.
I remember when I first arrived. I felt like Mily cyrus in her ‘Party in the USA.’ And this is why: *cue the music*
I hopped of the plan at Mexico City with a dream and suitcases. Welcome to the land of tacos and desserts. AM i going to fit in? Hoped on the bus headed to the CCM, this all so crazy everyone’s a missionary!… So i put my tag on, the gyms start playing, the crazy fades away. Praying on my knees like year! Proselyting like yeah! It’s great being a missionary!”
I have moment when I think to myself, “is this real life? Am i actually here and a missionary? Am i really doing this for the next eighteen months?” Before becoming a missionary i’d think, “Someday i’ll serve a mission.” And once I got my call, I kept thinking the same thing. And then “someday” cam suddenly. It still feels surreal.
You never forgot the first time you teach at the CCM. We taught our second day. Yup, not second week… DAY. And I thought why so soon? I barely know Spanish I grew up learning French! Why couldn’t we learn a bit first THEN teach. My first lesson is a whole other story for another day. But the thing I realized is. I AM a missionary. I don’t have to wait to teach. I can do this NOW. Someday is today.
Happiness and joy is a real things. I also believe that it’s a way of life. It’s so easy to think “i’ll be happy once I”m done school….once i get this…. when this happens….” and so on. We don’t have to wait or prepare ourselves for happiness. That someday is today. God has given us agency; the ability to choose and act for ourselves. And it’s power. We have power to choose and act for ourselves. In 2 Nephi, the prophet Lehi teaches his sons about the power of agency and counsels them to choose the way of the Lord. In verse 28 it says:
“And now, my sons, I would that ye should look to the great Mediator, and hearken unto his great commandments; and be faithful unto his words, and choose eternal life, according to the will of his Holy Spirit;”
I know that God and Jesus live and that the want us to be happy. And we can through HIs gospel and Atonement all our guilt, pain, and challenges we face can be lifted through Christ. He is always there inviting us to a happier way of life, back to our Heavenly Father.
I am just so pumped and excited for Ecuador! Monday can’t come soon enough! I know I have a long way to go, and that there will be hard times and challenges ahead. But know that I will be okay because I know that my Saviour loves me and will be with me. I choose HIm. I choose to be happy. Because someday is today.
So what are you waiting for? The choice is yours. What will it be?
xx Hermana Leah Hidalgo