Sister Sarah Schuerman has been called to serve in the Colorado Denver North Mission!
When did you decide to serve?
I can’t give you an exact date, but it’s been a long process. When I was young I always thought I would be married before I would be old enough to serve a mission. I decided that if the time came and I was able, I would go. Well, that time came about two years earlier than I ever dreamed it would. The famous announcement, I remember exactly what I was doing. I was in Rexburg, Idaho making pancakes. Some friends and I had just flipped on the TV, and before we knew it we were all screaming and crying. We couldn’t believe it. We could serve missions at 19. Right then I made my decision. I was going on a mission! After the initial excitement wore off and I started thinking about the reality of it, I didn’t think it was possible. No way could I make it happen. I would just finish college, whatever. That mission life wasn’t for me. I accepted that, but the Lord was not happy with that decision. It was around July when I decided to just go for it. And I have never been happier.
Why are you serving?
I’m going because I know that it’s what my Heavenly Father wants for me. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true and I want to share it with everyone. I want everyone to be able to feel the spirit that I get to feel at church, at home, and everywhere else that I go. The joy that I have knowing I can be with my family forever. That’s something every single person on this earth deserves to know.
What process did you go through?
Paperwork. So. Much. Paperwork. Doctor visits, dentist visits, information from my physical therapist and allergist. Seriously medical records from forever ago. Then I have to be found ready and worthy to go. They ask about seminary and church attendance, about my mental health. They find out how I plan on paying for the mission. Once I filled out all of that information and got the ohkay from all of my doctors, men at church had to review. After they agree to all of the information they interview me. Once they think I’m ready, they send me to someone else. Once they think I’m ready, they send all of my information to Salt Lake City, Utah where the members of the church presidency look at the information and my picture. They pray about me, and they decide where the Lord wants me to serve. Once the decision is made they mail me a big white envelope that contains some of the most exciting information in it ever: where I’m going.
How long will you be gone?
It is estimated that I will serve for a period of 18 months. So, that’s the plan. The Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah for about 2 weeks and then it’s off to Colorado for the rest of the time.
What about family?
I get to email them once a week, they’ll be fine! Hahah. Yeah.. I get to call/skype them on Mother’s Day and on Christmas. Other than that it’s those once a week emails and hand-written letters. It’s going to be weird. I’m a mama’s girl, oh gosh I’m going to miss her.