Sunday, June 26, 2011


On Friday my family drove to Utah county with a big white envelope from the Church headquarters.
I was not nervous about the next 18 months of my life until I saw it.
I worried about a lot of things once it was in my hands like:
-what if I couldn't do this?
-what if I couldn't adapt to the culture/food/people?
-what if's
I even joked about driving to the church office in Salt Lake handing them my envelope and saying "Changed my mind."
But surrounded by the most important people to me (some via cell phone) I opened my mission call and read the following words:
"Dear Sister Perkins: You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint. You are assigned to labor in the Canada Montreal Mission. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Spanish language."
With those few words I became all sorts of emotion.
Mostly shock.
Then came joy.
Then absolute gratitude.

I can't possibly explain how but I already feel a love for those people in the Montreal.
I can think of no other explanation than that of the love of Christ which stems from His Gospel.
I am so grateful for the testimony I have of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that the atonement is real. I know that Joseph Smith saw the Father and the Son and that he restored the true and living gospel. I know that man will know no great joy than coming unto the Savior.

And that is what I plan to share with the people of Montreal.


Monday, June 6, 2011

FHE Mama

I have a pretty good track record of not attending FHE since I've moved away from home.
If you are unfamiliar with FHE, it stands for Family Home Evening.
FHE is held on Monday nights and it's a time for families in our church to spend together.
College wards, like the one I attend, have little FHE groups and I was lucky enough to land a calling as an FHE mom.
I know this is karma paying me back for the past 3 years of avoidant behavior.
Tonight was my first go at being an FHE mom.
Lucky for me I was paired with another FHE mom and we decided to play games and she volunteered to bring a watermelon.
* it should be noted that I had a dream last night that I learned how to carve watermelons like you would carve a pumpkin at Halloween. So you can imagine my excitement?

We did the usual
.Prayer, spiritual thought, etc.
Once I had sufficiently dominated everyone in Mad Gab we decided to slice the watermelon open.
I'm not going to lie I was pretty excited.
I. Love. Watermelon.
My dear roommates began slicing the beast open and like opening flood gates the watermelon spewed water all over our counter top.
Then we split the beast open and the insides reminded me of the turkey on Christmas Vacation. See image below.

It was sad indeed.
I had to send all of my little FHE children home without watermelon.
Luckily, one of the children made this wonderful watermelon carving.
See image below.

Behold! The waterbeast!


P.s. I am still craving watermelon.