It's been a while since I posted. The reason why I didn't post is because I was waiting for a specific package.
3 months ago I prayed and received an answer (well 2 answers) to my prayers. First I prayed for whether or not I should serve a mission and I also prayed about my future career path. In one night I got the answer to both. I have decided to pursue accounting and I also decided to serve on a mission. This was back in January, around the same time as my Mom's birthday. At this time, I had a decision... should I tell the world? or keep it to myself till my call? I chose the latter. You guys know me! Of course I would always take the opportunity to mess with my parents. But before I talk about that process, let's talk about accounting.
Guys accounting is such a sexy topic. (Yes I do mean that). Accounting is the manifestation of OCD in a subject with the complete understanding of how a business work. It's probably why you might've heard the cliché, "accounting is the language of business" and it's true! By understanding accounting, you can understand how every other business process work (at least on paper). Plus it's very stable... which is a rare commodity in my life.
Now back on topic. I decided to lie to my parents for 3 months. Don't worry though it's just a small lie. So I decided to drop hints or blatantly tell my parents that I'm not serving a mission and that it's dumb. All the while church leaders texted me or called me whether or not I would serve a mission. I told them I am but to keep it a secret from my parents. My young men's president knew, my sisters knew, my bishop knew, my stake president knew, the only one who didn't are my parents and my little brother. All good things. So I decided to let my parents stay in
that stressful time
, sorry I meant *testimony building time* and let them marinate in wholesome stress while they believe that their son is going through some iniquitous times and losing faith. All good things.
I kept this up. I even faked some toothache and a Cambridge program to get my dental/immunization records and passport information. OKAY THOSE AREN'T TECHNICALLY LIES. I would like to go to Cambridge and I did apply for Cambridge. I simply revoked my application because I'm planning to go there 3 years from now rather than this year. Therefore, when I told my parents I'm going to Cambridge, THAT IS TRUE... but 3 years from now rather than this summer. I did have to pay for my own medical and dental without insurance though (it was okay) and it wasn't too bad. Provo had a lot of resources and businesses that lets you lie to your parents for mission papers.
Soon I finished all of the paperwork and submitted them in late march. I had my last interview with my stake president and bishop on March 5th, and on that day my papers were finalized and sent to church headquarters. At this point I decided to wait and not post anything on this blog till my call arrived. Little did I know, it would take 4 and a half weeks for my call to arrive from SLC to Provo...