SAN DIEGO — So let's pretend like I posted this 4 days ago and I finally am only one month away from going on my mission! I am so excited; I don't even know how to describe it. On one hand I'm thinking about all the different things I'm going to be doing and wondering if I'm even thinking of the important things that I should be. There's all the packing that I need to do, things that I'm going to learn, ways I'm going to find out that I was so unprepared despite all my preparations, people I'm going meet, culture shock to be had and random little stuff (like, I hope my haircut doesn't look weird. Ha). And on the other hand I almost feel like it's just never gonna come and I'm going to be waiting forever to leave! ...Patience is a virtue, my friends.
I hope you all know that I know that me going on a mission is what God wants me to be doing at this time in my life. I will be spreading the fullness of the Gospel to anybody and everybody I am able to come in contact with. I know that God will prepare a way for me to be able to be a mouthpiece for Him if I am true and faithful to all the commandments He has given and all the covenants I have made with Him. I know that the only way I will be able to be successful is through the prayers and faith of myself foremost and also the members of the church and all my friends and family. God works miracles based on our faith and if we righteously ask with sincere hearts and contrite spirits, our prayers will be answered. Please pray for me to find people to teach or even just talk to and to be able to feel the spirit so that I may know the things that I should say them.
I have been lucky to have recieved positive feedback from my non-member friends and acquaintances but there are those out there who would say why waste two years of your life when you could be getting an education, moving up in the world and gaining experience. Well, I am gaining an education. A gospel education. I may be going to teach others, but we all know that the teacher is the one who learns the most. Also, what better way to move up in the world than by performing service to others for two years along with daily interaction with people. All the skills used on a mission are lifelong skills that I will be able to have with me forever and help me "move up in the world."
For all those who have not yet gone on a mission or know of someone who will be going on a mission: Be a worker in the temple before you leave! Working in the temple has been one of the greatest experiences and learning opportunities of my life. I love going to the temple and helping others get closer to Celestial glory. My favorite thing is to smile at someone as they receive blessings that cannot be received anywhere else in the world. The joy that it brings me and the joy that I can see in their faces is beautiful. There is no denying the Holy Ghost after the experiences that I have had at the temple. My experiences may not have been huge for other people but for me, they were just what I needed.
God knows us each individually and He knows what we need. He loves us because we are His creations. That is why he made the Plan of Happiness so that we could gain the knowledge that comes with receiving a body of flesh and bones to be able to return and live with Him by his side in all His glory.
I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.