This moment forever changed my life. I had always thought about serving a mission. When people would ask me if I would ever serve a mission I would always say: " Well, if I am 21, not married, or involved in a program I would totally go!" As I got to college I met so many amazing returned maissionaries and I LOVED listening to stories of their missions, both guys and girls. I remember praying for any kind of missionary experience because I wasn't sure if I was going to serve a mission. Luckily the Lord put quite a few missionary experiences in my life at that time! Some that I could handle and some that brought me to tears! My desire to serve a mission grew so much every day.
There have been a two major experiences in my life that have sparked my interest and desire to serve a mission.
Here they are.
Fast forward all the way to Sunday Morning October 2012 general conference. There I was, sitting on my Aunt Susie's couch when the Prophet looked into the camera and announced that I could serve a mission at 19 years old. My jaw dropped, my heart started racing, and tears ran down my face.
This was the moment I will never forget. Susie, my Brother Zach, My parents, and I started planning right away. I was dating another great guy and so I had to pray about either continuing to date him, or serving a mission. I got the answer almost instantly and made an appointment to talk to my bishop! I began my papers and, well, the rest is history....
As of January 8th my Mission papers were submitted and ready to be assigned. Doctrine And Covenants 4:3 says ". . . if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work;"
So here I am, writing yet another blog post, biting my time until I finally get to read: Dear Sister Sites, you are hereby called to serve.....
I don't care where the Lord calls me. I want to serve a mission more than I have ever wanted anything in my life. I Love the Lord and this Gospel more than dating, school, chocolate, and anything else that I love.
So to all future or returned sister and elder missionaries I want to hear of your similar experiences! I want to know why you want to serve a mission and what experiences you have had! feel free to comment or e-mail me! your examples, stories, and testimonies strengthen my testimony and desire everyday!