of the Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder Day Saints.
This is an account of my life for the
next 18 months!
A little background about how the whole mission thing came about:
I had never before wanted to serve a mission. The desire wasn't there and
the thought never crossed my mind. My mom would bring up going on a mission
constantly but I would just shut the idea down. It wasn't happening!
Then I walked into my new seminary class and everything changed. My new
seminary teacher was Sister Peebles. She was new and young so I knew right away
I was going to like her and relate to her stories. That year in seminary, missionary work
was a big part of all of our lessons and Sister Peebs would tell us stories about her mission
experiences all of the time and for whatever reason they impacted me and stuck in my head more
than anything else did. I talked to her about not wanting to serve even though pretty much
everyone else wanted me to. She told me that it was my choice and not to go because
it was expected but to go because I wanted to. So I decided that I would stop ignoring the
promptings I had been having practically every day in class and get an answer. It just happened
to be my turn to give the devotional in class and we were supposed to be reading in Doctrine and Covenants 98. So I sat down with my scriptures and said a prayer that I would find something to share in class. I read the chapter and didn't feel anything. And I knew why. I prayed for the wrong thing. So frustrated, I said another prayer and asked my Heavenly Father to help me make my decision. Was I supposed to serve a mission or not? Then the craziest thing happened! I flipped my scriptures back open to Doctrine and Covenants 99. I read it and was overwhelmed with the spirit. I got my answer! I had to serve. I had to go where the Lord needed me and "proclaim his everlasting gospel". I had never has such a strong feeling about something in my whole life. I immediately wrote my mom and dad a letter, seeing as how it was midnight, explaining to them what had happened. I went to school the next day and shared my scripture with the class and once again felt the same spirit I had felt before, confirming to me that I really did get my answer. I have no doubt in my mind that I am supposed to serve and I really can't wait for that chapter of my life to begin. I have so many things to be grateful for helping others come to Christ is the least I can do! I will be forever grateful for my wonderful mom for keeping the idea in my mind and not giving up or losing hope. I can't thank
Sister Peebs enough for caring about me enough to help guide me along the way to find the answer I needed. Her example to me has forever changed my life and strengthened my testimony of this gospel. I can't wait to be able to finish my papers and find out where I will be serving for a year and a half. Thank you all so much for the love and support throughout my whole life and especially during this chapter of my life.