Because I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and I love my Heavenly Father!
As I prepare for my mission I have realized that many of my social media friends and followers may not know what the heck I am doing over in Perú, why I am spending 18 months of my life in a foreign country where I know no one and I don’t speak the language, why I am putting my life and education on hold, why I am giving up family, friends, social media, and pretty much all contact with the outside world, and most of all, why I am doing all this voluntarily? Well, here’s my answer!
I have been blessed with so much: my wonderful family, my parents, my sisters, health, a sound mind; the list could go on and on and on. But I am especially blessed with the knowledge of the restored gospel and membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. With all these blessings that I enjoy, how can I not feel the need to thank my Heavenly Father? Because I have been given much, I too must give.
My mission will undoubtedly be the hardest, most trying year and a half of my life: I will cry, I will sweat, I will be stretched, I will feel homesick, I will be rejected, and my heart will be broken. But it will also be the most rewarding thing I have ever done: I will grow, I will love, I will serve, I will cry tears of joy, I will truly know my Savior better than I ever have before. I will begin to understand Him and His Atonement. I will catch a glimpse of what He went through during His earthly ministry, of both its joys and its sorrows. I will grow closer to Him and I will become more like Him and for that I am so excited! I am serving an 18-month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Trujillo, Perú because I want everyone to feel the joy and the peace that the gospel brings me. I want to know my Savior better and what better way to learn of Him than to do as He did, preaching among His children?