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The good news.

January 28, 2013
I feel like the title of that post makes it sound like I’m having a baby. I’m not.
I AM, however, going on a mission. At the end of this semester, I will be leaving to serve a 18-month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
And I’ve kept pretty mum about the process, because for me, it WAS a process. It was so personal. And so different than I thought it would be.
I wanted it to be a straight shot. I wanted to just run right for it. But He had other plans for me and my process.
It had its twists and its turns and God was in every last one of them. They were all not only important, but absolutely essential to my being ready to be a missionary. They were places I love dearly and always will, even if they felt like trials before they looked like blessings. They were the only paths that could lead me to being the person I need to become to accept the call that is coming. And I still have so much growing to do. I’m a 19 year old girl. But I feel joy about what I have accomplished. I feel surety in who I am. I’m so happy about this semester and what it holds for me. I’m so grateful for all the good people around me, who humble me by association and teach me so much by their beautiful examples. I love my Father in Heaven so much for knowing the timing that is best for me individually.
And today, as I sat across from my stake president, both our eyes filled with tears, I felt an overwhelming peace and joy. He said, “I am so proud of you and the person that you are. It just shines.” And the Spirit said, You’re here.
And even though I have so much further to go, even though I have nowhere near arrived at being the kind of person I need to be, there was so much beauty in being there, and knowing that I am going to serve the Lord. There was joy in having had to walk the extra miles it took for the timing to be right for me. My papers are submitted. It’s happening. I am going to be Sister Ballif. And wherever I am called, I will be going exactly where I need to go.
And I think the greatest miracle of that, is that this isn’t the first time the Lord has called me by name and told me where I am needed. He does so every day, through a million little things. The only difference is, this time he’ll be saying it on paper, and the assignment will be for 18 months. And it could be coming any time now. I am so, so happy.
So where am I headed, friends?! Whoever guesses correctly gets their favorite food homemade and hand-delivered… unless you live cross-country. Then I’m gonna mail it to you. Wrapped in all kinds of love.
Guess away!!

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Kira Johnson January 28, 2013 at 6:11 am

Flip, lady, make me cry my eyes out, why don't you? I've said it, and I'll keep saying it, but I'll never be able to stress it enough: You are going to be a remarkable missionary. I love you soooooo much.

I'm guessing Carbon County SOUTH mission.

Sammi Burnett January 28, 2013 at 6:26 am

Amazing. You are such an example to everyone around you!

Randi A. January 28, 2013 at 6:27 am

Shelby, you are so awesome my dear! Good for you! You will be (and are) amazing.
And for fun, I'm gonna guess Italy. Cuz that sounds pretty darn great!

Josh January 28, 2013 at 7:08 am

i get three guesses , Taiwann, australia , china

Kim January 28, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Shelby! This is the best news ever. I was grinning ear to ear as I read this post. You are so AMAZING. Really, truly amazing. And, again, I thank you so much for always entertaining me at 3 am when I can't go back to sleep. Your blog makes me so happy.

I am going to guess…the Philippines. 😉

Madison Shaneece Barney January 28, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Stop it 🙂 You're amazing bud. LITERALLY AMAZING.
Immaguess… The Philippines?

shayla. January 28, 2013 at 11:48 pm

congratulations!! that's so exciting 🙂 i don't actually know you so if i'm right you don't have to send me any treats…haha but my guess is south africa!

Meg and Mike January 29, 2013 at 2:22 am

SO thrilled about this! Ecuador–go get 'em Sister Ballif!!

Shelby January 31, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Hahaha, girlllll. If it's South Africa, I will send you treats. Blog friends are friends just the same. 🙂

Shelby January 31, 2013 at 6:29 pm

My guess is Tooele, Utah. DREAM BIG!!!

But really, I'd still love it. 🙂 So excited to let you all know!!


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