It always seemed so strange to me that Heavenly Father can care about me. That he knows where I'm going. I always knew that was true, but I KNOW that's true now. And here's how it happened ...
Every summer, I go to EFY. It's kinda the best thing that has ever happened to me. You know how Alma the Younger had a super quick conversion to the gospel -- like lightning? I sometimes compare that to my own life. The first time I went to EFY, I was able to feel so much. More than I ever had before, but I still knew that through the tears and the COWs, I was happy! And I determined since that moment that I wanted to be happy forever. ALA LIFE CHANGES!
Three years later, I sign up to go to Cincinnati, OH. This year, I didn't have a chance to go to Provo, because my dad wanted it to be within a five-hundred mile radius of Waynesville. Knowing that I didn't want to go to Columbia (which was only two-hours away! The HORROR!) I decided to go as far away from home as I possibly could. There really wasn't any spiritual prompting that led me to go there, but as I look back on my picking, I think there really was a reason why I, personally, was supposed to be at the Cincinnati EFY.
Before EFY, I really get excited. Like, I can't sleep because I anticipate how the week is going to turn out. This year, I tried to be a little more calm, cool, and collected about the whole ordeal, but I still had some anxiety spasms. During one of these spasms, I decided to write down all of the questions I wanted to have personally answered to me.
What will I do with my life? Is the Book of Mormon truly an ancient record? Does my Heavenly Father love me? What is the atonement exactly and how can I repent so that I can use it in my life?
Some of these questions I already knew, but most of them really worried me. I'm a good girl. I go to church and I have a testimony of the church, so I thought these questions were silly and petty. But when my daddy gave me a priesthood blessing right before we left he said that I had specific questions that would be answered through the experiences I had and the people I met at EFY. Proof Numero Uno that Heavenly Father knows me!
|On our way to Santa Claus!|
When we got to Xavier, I was feeling REALLY nervous. More than I think I have for any EFY ever. This was the first EFY I had been to without knowing beforehand what to expect. No one on Yahoo! Answers had ever been to Ohio for EFY. No one I knew on FB could tell me the in's and out's of Xavier's campus. Standing in line in the super heat wasn't helping my nerves either.
I met my roomie, Ashley, after we dropped Savannah off at her room. She seemed pretty darn nice, but I was intimidated because she was super outgoing! I only wish I could be half as outgoing as her. We met the girls in my group and it was lovely. I wont bore y'all with the details of every single person I met. Just know they were all lovely, especially my counselor Gena!
Everyone in my company (Direct thy Paths) is SOLID. Not to mention beautiful. We had an AWESOME group, and I am grateful that they were placed in my life. Each one of them made me want to be a better person. Each one of them made me intensely happy. Just look!
Some life changing things that happened at EFY:
ALL of my questions were answered. I am going to be home schooled next school year (SURPRISE!). I feel like I have a Heavenly Father who has a plan for me. I know my purpose in life. I met some incredible people that made me a better person. I'm going to do everything I can to be a good person.
Who knew one week could affect a lifetime!