Okay, so you’ve decided to go on a mission. What next? The first step is to talk with your bishop. He is the one who will be able to open up the online recommendation system, enabling you to begin filling out your papers online.
Since many people find the waiting period to be the most frustrating part of preparing to serve a mission, and this is an experience common to all who choose to serve—regardless of where he or she is sent—I think it is a fitting subject for our first preparation post.
Not knowing where a missionary will be sent, when they will leave, or what language they will be speaking is enough to make anyone nervous. The inability to visualize and conceptualize the next eighteen months of our lives makes even the most patient people anxious. For the next eighteen months, we could literally be serving just about anywhere. Talk about ambiguity! (Speaking from personal experience, I just submitted my papers on Wednesday, January 23rd so I’m in the Waiting Club as well).
That being said, this is an incredible time. For the next three weeks, with papers finished and no call assigned, relish in knowing that you could be sent anywhere (anywhere!). For three weeks, the entire world is at our fingertips with limitless potential and unimaginable possibilities for us to discover. Once the call comes, all those other endless possibilities will come to a close. There will only be one place we are called to serve. Now, those three weeks don’t seem so bad, do they?