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The Near-Future




So, I've kinda been holding out on you all for at least half a year now.

There's been a reason why I didn't jump at the opportunity to join Dichotomy, and I'll admit that the limited posts I made about it were not 100% truthful.

Basically, I knew that I likely wouldn't be around the Pit Stop for a very long time soon, and I didn't want to slow things down for everyone.
I also didn't want to mention this much, because I didn't want everyone to be worried or anything, or be bummed as our days slowly counted down. Plus, I figured it would just be better to mention it when we were closer to the time I'd be gone and such, when everything is more set in stone and figured out. I wasn't even going to post this now, but wait a little longer, but I kinda let it slip in my art stream(s) the other day, and I'm really just excited and hyped for it, and I guess now is as good a time as ever. (Also, you guys might want to participate in this week's fun!)


I will be serving a mission for my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.


Usually when people think of church missions, they think of a few weeks or so in some country that they can choose. Well, Mormon missions are not like that. For starters, we do not choose where we go. We send in paperwork (Identity info, physical exam, dental exam, that sort of stuff) and have interviews, and then, if approved from the local area, our 'papers' get sent to the church headquarters in Utah. There, after careful consideration and prayer, where missionaries are sent is revealed to church leaders. A 'call' is then sent back to the missionary, saying where they will go and things they will need for that area and such.

While on a mission, I will not be allowed to check the internet (or at least have incredibly limited internet access). So, I'll be away from all my social media sites, including the Pit Stop. Here's a link to Mormon.org's FAQ, for any information I've forgotten to cover, or if you just want to see some things I believe strongly enough to try to share with the world.

I've already submitted the paperwork and jazz, and, in fact, as of today, my 'call' has been assigned! Now I just have to wait to get it in the mail! As you can imagine, this wait is exciting, but also sort of scary! I have no idea where I will be spending the next 18 months (once I leave home, most likely at the start of January). (Women spend 18 months, whereas Men spend a full 2 years)

However, this is also a fun time, where friends and family can guess as to where I will go!

So, do any of you fellows have guesses as to where I might go? Here's a list of the available missions at this time, if you want to look over it or anything! Or you could just suggest "State-side" (any specific US state you can think of?), a continent, or country. :) I'm marking guesses on some maps!

I'm expecting to get my call in the mail anytime this week or next week, maybe. I'll definitely let you guys know where I'll be going!

I'm also thinking about setting up a blog to email updates on how I'm doing and share some of my mission stories. If I'm allowed to on my mission (apparently not all missions allow this), would any of you guys be interested? I'd be linking it in my sig if I could.
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Post on 30th October 2016, 10:03 pm by Orcapon

Ah, one of my friends did that :V

He would show up during special times when he was allowed to go online (gave us an interesting description of a girl he liked "she's playing chess while I'm connect 4")

So guess we'll see ya in around 2 and a halfish years?

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Post on 30th October 2016, 10:11 pm by Burnin' Bunnies

Well, I'm not leaving yet! I still have a few months ahead of me, but probably around the new year, I'll be leaving you guys for a year and a half, yeah.

But yeah, I am allowed a video call with my family on Christmas, and I can call my mom on Mother's Day, so there's that.
My sister did call home one day because her wallet was stollen one day, though. :V

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Post on 30th October 2016, 10:19 pm by jokool

*was there during the art stream* I'm so excited for you! I know this is a huge moment in your life, and I wish you all the best! I'll keep you in my prayers as well!

Hopefully, you get someplace nice, buuuuut...is it bad that I want to guess Oklahoma City? Sorry

I wouldn't want you to get in trouble or anything, but I'm sure that, if it is possible, we would love to hear from you while you're away. I know I would at least...

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Post on 30th October 2016, 10:27 pm by Burnin' Bunnies

I'll be honest in saying that I've definitely thought, "yo, what if I get the chance to meet someone from the Pit Stop in real life while on my mission? How crazy would that be?"

I'll make a note of it! ;)

I'm pretty sure most missions allow blog posts. I don't see why not (unless I went to, like, Russia or something?) So I'll definitely set one up and tell you all how I'm doing! During the mission, there is a day each week called a "P-Day" (Preparation Day), and I'd be able to send emails to peeps (and the blog? I'll have to ask my sister how she did that) about how the week went.

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Post on 30th October 2016, 10:34 pm by jokool

...honestly though, Oklahoma City is about 100 miles away from me, and we rarely, if ever, go there, so I have no idea if we could actually meet if you somehow did get sent to Oklahoma... Still is a nice thought though. ;)

...hopefully, you don't get sent to Russia. I hear in Soviet Russia, blogs post you. Rimshot

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Post on 30th October 2016, 10:37 pm by Burnin' Bunnies

Laughing

Well, I imagine, since it appears that the Oklahoma City mission is the only mission in Oklahoma, that it has a large area for the mission. There are multiple "zones" in mission areas, so I wouldn't doubt that there are missionaries in your area now. It's still a possibility! ;)

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Post on 30th October 2016, 10:44 pm by jokool

Praise feathers!

I did mention that there was a Mormon Temple down the road from me. I'm always seeing missionaries at Walmart. That would be awesome and hilarious if I just randomly ran into you at my local Walmart. Laughing

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Post on 31st October 2016, 3:57 pm by TheCapsFan

are there any mission areas near DC? :3

*checks list*

OOH there are TWO! I have twice the chance of meeting Nanna than Joe! :P


In all seriousness, that's really cool and I'm super excited for you. :D

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Post on 31st October 2016, 3:59 pm by Burnin' Bunnies

There are two DC missions, and another in the Baltimore area. Noted~

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Post on 31st October 2016, 6:03 pm by Truthseeker4449

I'm miss you!




our numbers are slowly dwindling

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Post on 1st November 2016, 1:05 am by Greece

I'LL MISS U FAM

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Post on 8th November 2016, 2:40 pm by Burnin' Bunnies

IT. IS. HERE!! Oh Boy! Oh Boy!

I just have to wait to find out when I can open it! :o

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Post on 8th November 2016, 6:22 pm by jokool

Excited

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Post on 26th November 2016, 4:04 am by Princess

Yes, please email updates when possible.

I had a Mormon friend who I completely lost contact with because of his mission (we were online friends). If your mission is in Los Angeles or in SoCal, let me know (if possible).

Also, fun fact about me that is somewhat related to this. My descendants are directly related to the original Mormons who migrated to Utah. I learned that this year, and I think that was around 5-6 generations ago in my history.

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