Almost There!

     In less than two days, I will be a full time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have waited for this day for the past 4 1/2 months, I have prepared my entire life.

Who am I, and what am I doing?

     All my life I have grown up as part of the LDS faith. In our church we send willing and able young men at the age of 19, and young women at the age of 21, out on mission to spread our gospel. These missionaries leave everything behind and sacrifice 2 years (18 months for the sisters) of their lives. While on a mission, you are put in a situation where you don’t have cell phones, you can’t call home, you can only email and write letters. It is hard but it helps you to draw closer to the Lord and ask for his assistance. In November 2011 I received my call to serve in the China, Hong Kong mission. I will enter a missionary training center in Provo, Utah on April 11. Then on June 27 I leave for China. I decided to serve because I want to share with everyone the joy this church has brought to me. 

So it’s almost time…

     I am getting pretty nervous, except it is more of a “nervous for the unknown” instead of a “nervous because of what I am doing”. I know what I am doing is right for me at this time. Missions aren’t for everyone, but for me, I feel like I am right where I am supposed to be. I know this is going to be the hardest thing that I will ever do in my life, but I don’t give up and I know the Lord will help me through all of my struggles. I have started my goodbyes, and that is tough. The only reason it is manageable, is because every single person I know is supporting me in this decision. Once I leave, I wont have access to a computer so my family will be updating posts via letters and emails I will send to them.
     So before I leave I want to thank all of the people in my life who have helped me, and who have supported my decision to serve. I love my family, I don’t know what I would do without them. I know that the LDS church is the true church. I am so grateful to have that knowledge. I will see you all in two years!