Wednesday, November 24, 2010

GIVE THANKS

I have always loved the Holiday season. I love being with loved ones and eating good food. But what I love the most is the Traditions my own Family has. I look forward to the same thing year after year.

One Tradition my Family has might be thought of as strange, but instead of Turkey and the normal meal associated with Thanksgiving we have SEAFOOD. My Dad decided one year that if he was going to give thanks he might as well do it with something that he is Thankful for. So from that time on we have had crab and shrimp on Thanksgiving. That is something that I have loved and will miss this year.

Although I am long for home and many of my traditions will not be kept this year I have have been excited for the up coming Holiday. I look forward to spending time with Loved ones, although they are not my family they are loved ones.

I thank them for inviting me into their home and allowing me to partake in their Thanksgiving Traditions. I'm grateful for the love that they show me and for the friendships I have made while I have been here. They all  are on my gratitude list this year.

This year I am also Grateful for:

Companions, Friends, The Gospel, The oppertunity I have to serve a Mission, The people I have met in Michigan, the Book of Mormon, Family, The priesthood.... I think my list could go on and on. But what I am most greatful for is for the Savior and all that he sacrificed for me and for the Love of our Heavenly Father.

We have so many reasons to give thanks if we just stop and think for a moment. So admid all the Family, fun Traditions, and the food, Take the time to really focus on the blessings you have recieved this past year. Take time to recoginize all that you have been given and the spirit of the season will be felt in your home.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Renpentance: Can I be Forgiven?

I find it interesting how Satan entices people to sin. He would have one to believe that a little sin is ok.  "Eat, drink, and be merry; nevertheless, fear God—he will justify in committing a little sin; yea, lie a little, take the advantage of one because of his words, dig a pit for thy neighbor; there is no harm in this; and do all these things, for tomorrow we die; and if it so be that we are guilty, God will beat us with a few stripes, and at last we shall be saved in the kingdom of God." (2 Nephi 28:8) He wants wants us to believe that telling one little lie will not hurt us, but we all know that that one lie leads to more and more until we are trapped.  This same pattern is used for stealing, cheating, pornography and many more sins.

Once we are trapped, Satan tries to keep us bound by telling us that we cannot be forgiven. He wants us to think that we have gone to far and committed to much sin that there is no way we can be clean again. That even the Atonement can not help us, that Christ is not there and there is no hope for us. He wants us to feel it is too late.

BUT THIS IS A LIE!

Christ is always there for us. His atonement has both healing and cleansing powers. We can break the chains that bind us and become Free again as we turn to the Lord. It is not to late.

One story from the Book of Mormon illustrates this perfectly. Alma the younger and the four sons of Mosiah were the "vilest of sinners." They were idolatrous men, and lead many away to do iniquity by speaking flattering words to the people, "giving a chance for the enemy of God [Satan] to exercise his power over them." They rebelled against God and tried to destroy the church. They were very wicked men.

In the Mercy of the Lord the sons of Mosiah and Alma the younger were spared. For those who might not know the story an Angel of the Lord Appeared to them and declared unto them that the church was the Lords and also that the Power and Authority of God is real.

Alma the younger had the opportunity to repent and he explains his experience as such: "My soul was racked with eternal torment: but I am snatched, and my soul is pained no more."

Repentance for Alma the Younger was not easy  but it was possible. After the repentance process he no longer felt pained or burdened. He was healed and made clean and pure again.

Although we might not have an Angel of the Lord Appear to us, we to may repent and be healed through Christ's Atonement .

To Repent we must:

1. Recognize our Sins
2. Feel Sorrow for our sins
3. Forsake (stop) our sinning
4. Confess sin to the Lord & person we sinned Against
5. Make Restitution (Do all that is possible to make right our wrong)
6.Forgive others
7. Then keep the Commandments (Go and sin no more)

I know that we can be forgiven of our sins we have committed. I know that through the Power of the Atonement we can be made Clean and Pure and be healed. I know that Christ is there and if we turn to him he can give us strengthen to break the chains that bind us we can have our soul Pained no more.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

I BELIEVE IN CHRIST

While I was serving in Caro I came in contact with a person who thought I did not worship Jesus Christ. Even though my name tag clearly has His name on it as well she just didn't believe that I believed in Christ. I want everyone to know that he is who I worship. Please enjoy the movie.



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Friday, November 5, 2010

Seminary Donuts

I thought I would share a story I have always enjoyed:

There was a boy by the name of Steve who was attending Seminary in Utah. In this Seminary classes are held during school hours. Brother Christianson taught Seminary at this particular school. He had an open-door policy and would take in any student that had been thrown out of another class as long as they would abide by his rules. Steve had been kicked out of his sixth period and no other teacher wanted him, so he went into Brother Christianson’s Seminary class. Steve was told that he could not be late, so he arrived just seconds before the bell rang and he would sit in the very back of the room. He would also be the first to leave after the class was over. One day, Brother Christianson asked Steve to stay after class so he could talk with him. After class, Bro. Christianson pulled Steve aside and said, “You think you’re pretty tough, don’t you?” Steve’s answer was, “Yeah, I do.” Then Brother Christianson asked, “How many push-ups can you do?” Steve said, “I do about 200 every night.” “200? That’s pretty good, Steve,” Brother Christianson said. “Do you think you could do 300?” Steve replied, “I don’t know… I’ve never done 300 at a time.” “Do you think you could?” Again asked Brother Christianson. “Well, I can try,” said Steve. “Can you do 300 in sets of 10? I need you to do 300 in sets of ten for this to work. Can you do it? I need you to tell me you can do it,” Brother Christianson said. Steve said, “Well… I think I can… yeah, I can do it.” Brother Christianson said, “Good! I need you to do this on Friday.”
Friday came and Steve got to class early and sat in the front of the room. When class started, Brother Christianson pulled out a big box of donuts. Now these weren’t the normal kinds of donuts, they were the extra fancy BIG kind, with cream centers and frosting swirls. Everyone was pretty excited–it was Friday, the last class of the day, and they were going to get an early start on the weekend. Bro. Christianson went to the first girl in the first row and asked, “Cynthia, do you want a donut?” Cynthia said, “Yes.” Bro. Christianson then turned to Steve and asked, “Steve, would you do ten push-ups so that Cynthia can have a donut?” Steve said, “Sure,” and jumped down from his desk to do a quick ten.
Then Steve again sat in his desk. Bro. Christianson put a donut on Cynthia’s desk. Bro. Christianson then went to Joe, the next person, and asked, “Joe do you want a donut?” Joe said, “Yes.” Bro. Christianson asked, “Steve would you do ten push-ups so Joe can have a donut?” Steve did ten push-ups, Joe got a donut. And so it went, down the first aisle, Steve did ten push ups for every person before they got their donut. And down the second aisle, till Bro. Christianson came to Scott. Scott was captain of the football team and center of the basketball team. He was very popular and never lacking for female companionship. When Bro. Christianson asked, “Scott do you want a donut?” Scott’s reply was, “Well, can I do my own push ups?” Bro. Christianson said, “No, Steve has to do them.” Then Scott said, “Well, I don’t want one then.” Bro. Christianson then turned to Steve and asked, “Steve, would you do ten push ups so Scott can have a donut he doesn’t want?” Steve started to do ten push ups. Scott said, “HEY! I said I didn’t want one!” Bro. Christianson said, “Look, this is my classroom, my class, my desks, and my donuts. Just leave it on the desk if you don’t want it.” And he put a donut on Scott’s desk.
Now by this time, Steve had begun to slow down a little. He just stayed on the floor between sets because it took too much effort to be getting up and down. You could start to see a little perspiration coming out around his brow. Bro. Christianson started down the third row.
Now the students were beginning to get a little angry. Bro. Christianson asked Jenny, “Jenny, do you want a donut?” Jenny said, “No.” Then Bro. Christianson asked Steve, “Steve, would you do ten push ups so Jenny can have a donut that she doesn’t want?” Steve did ten, Jenny got a donut. By now, the students were beginning to say “No” and there were all these uneaten donuts on the desks. Steve was also having to really put forth a lot of effort to get these push ups done for each donut. There began to be a small pool of sweat on the floor beneath his face, his arms and brow were beginning to get red because of the physical effort involved. Bro. Christianson asked Robert to watch Steve to make sure he did ten push ups in a set because he couldn’t bear to watch all of Steve’s work for all of those uneaten donuts. So Robert began to watch Steve closely. Bro. Christianson started down the fourth row. During his class, however, some students had wandered in and sat along the heaters along the sides of the room. When Bro. Christianson realized this; he did a quick count and saw 34 students in the room. He started to worry if Steve would be able to make it. Bro. Christianson went on to the next person and the next and the next. Near the end of that row, Steve was really having a rough time. He was taking a lot more time to complete each set. Steve asked Bro. Christianson, “Do I have to make my nose touch on each one?” Bro. Christianson thought for a moment, “Well, they’re your push ups. You can do them any way that you want.” And Bro. Christianson went on.
A few moments later, Jason came to the room and was about to come in when all the students yelled, “NO! Don’t come in! Stay out!” Jason didn’t know what was going on. Steve picked up his head and said, “No, let him come.” Bro. Christianson said, “You realize that if Jason comes in you will have to do ten push ups for him.” Steve said, “Yes, let him come in.” Bro. Christianson said, “Okay, I’ll let you get Jason’s out of the way right now. Jason, do you want a donut?” “Yes.” “Steve, will you do ten push ups so that Jason can have a donut?” Steve did ten push ups very slowly and with great effort. Jason, bewildered, was handed a donut and sat down. Bro. Christianson finished the fourth row, then started on those seated on the heaters. Steve’s arms were now shaking with each push up in a struggle to lift himself against the force of gravity. Sweat was dropping off of his face and, by this time, there was not a dry eye in the room. The very last two girls in the room were cheerleaders and very popular. Bro. Christianson went to Linda, the second to last, and asked, “Linda, do you want a doughnut? Linda said, very sadly, “No, thank you.” Bro. Christianson asked Steve, “Steve, would you do ten push ups so that Linda can have a donut she doesn’t want?” Grunting from the effort, Steve did ten very slow push ups for Linda. Then Bro. Christianson turned to the last girl, Susan. “Susan, do you want a donut?” Susan, with tears flowing down her face, asked, “Bro. Christianson , can I help him?” Bro. Christianson, with tears of his own, said, “No, he has to do it alone, Steve, would you do ten push ups so Susan can have a donut?” As Steve very slowly finished his last push up, with the understanding that he had accomplished all that was required of him, having done 350 push ups, his arms buckled beneath him and he fell to the floor.
Brother Christianson turned to the room and said. “And so it was, that our Savior, Jesus Christ, plead to the Father, “Into thy hands I commend my spirit.” With the understanding that He had done everything that was required of Him, he collapsed on the cross and died. And like some of those in this room, many of us leave the gift on the desk, uneaten.”

I am So grateful for the Savior who Atoned for each and everyone of us. He truly showed us a great amount of love to suffered so that we all may have the opportunity to repent and partake of the Atonement and one day return to live with our Heavenly Father Again. It was a gift that he freely gave. So please partake in it because he suffered for you.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Eternal Life and Joy What is worth to You?

This last week I studied Alma chapter 22 in my personal study. In this chapter Aaron teaches King Lamoni's Father about our Heavenly Father and how we can gain eternal life through our Savior Jesus Christ.

Aaron taught that if you repent and follow after Christ you can inherit Eternal Life and live again with our Heavenly Father and Son Jesus Christ. However if you do not "ye shall be cast off at the last day." (Alma 22:6)

After teaching, King Lamoni's Father "said: What shall I do that I may have this eternal life of which thou hast spoken? Yea, what shall I do that I may be born of God, having this wicked spirit rooted out of my breast, and receive his Spirit, that I may be filled with joy, that I may not be cast off at the last day? Behold, said he, I will give up all that I possess, yea, I will forsake my kingdom, that I may receive this great joy. But Aaron said unto him: If thou desirest this thing, if thou wilt bow down before God, yea, if thou wilt repent of all thy sins, and will bow down before God, and call on his name in faith, believing that ye shall receive, then shalt thou receive the hope which thou desirest." (Alma 22:15-16)

As I read the story this time through it was interesting that he was willing to give up everything including his kingdom so he could obtain eternal life. It made me reflect on "What am I willing to give up for the kingdom of Heaven that I'm holding on to?"

So I pose the question to you " What are you willing to give up for Eternal Life and the happiness that our Heavenly Father has promised you?"

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

There Is Beauty All Around

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?
Do you run through each day on the fly?
When you ask "How are you?" Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done Do you lie in your bed, With the next hundred chores Running through your Head?  
Ever told your child, we'll do it tomorrow? And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch, Let a good friendship die Cause you never had time, to call and say "Hi"?
When you run so fast to get somewhere, You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day, It is like an unopened gift....Thrown away. Life is not a race. Do take it slower

I am so grateful for all the beauty around us. My advise to all is to take time and notice the beauty. Weather it is in spending some time with your children or going for an evening walk. Spend some time enjoying the beauties of life and slow down a little.

Friday, October 15, 2010

My Salute

This Sunday we went to Lansing Stake Conference and a New Convert was asked to share their own Conversion story with the congregation. She proceed to tell about several of her friends who were members and who helped to introduce her to the Church. At first she was very reluctant and said "You will not Convert me!" She proceeded to tell of how her conversion took place and later said "I stand before you today to tell you my Friends did not convert me!" That it was the Holy Ghost."

We know that it is only the "*power of the Holy Ghost [who can] carry [the truth] unto the hearts of the children of men." The Holy Ghost is the only one who will let you "**know the truth of all things". Or in other words he is the only one who can truly help to convert people.

But those who are learning the Gospel must Harken unto the feeling and promptings of the Holy Ghost. And to Harken means that we not only listen but we act upon those promptings.

So Today I Salute all of the converts who have taken a leap of Faith and have asked our Heavenly Father about the truthfulness of the the Gospel and  have acted upon those feelings. I express thanks to all the member missionaries who have acted upon the promptings of the Spirit in Faith and opened your mouth to Share the Gospel with Family members and friends. And I thank my heavenly Father who has allowed the Holy Ghost to touch so many hearts and has allowed his children to experience the Joy the Gospel Brings.

*2 Nephi 33:1  ** Moroni 10:5



Friday, October 8, 2010

"I Know exactly how you Feel"

When I was younger I would cringe at the statement "I Know exactly how you Feel." For how could anyone except for me know how I truly feel. Yes you can have empathy for me and try to understand what I'm feeling or you could have gone through a similar experience but you can not know 100% of the feeling I have.

jesus-in-gethsemaneAs I've studied the Atonement on my mission I have come to truly understand that Christ does fully understand what we go through on a daily basis. He knows exactly. In Alma Chapter 7 verses 11-13 we learn  that Christ went "forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities. Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance."

We learn that Christ took on more than just our sins, he's taken every pain, sickness, temptation, and every thing we feel. And he did this so that he can Succor us or in other words so that he can run to our aid and give us comfort and peace.

Another Scripture I've fallen in Love with on my mission is Mosiah 14: 4-5 wich reads "Surely he has borne our  griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."

Our Loving Savior SUFFERED, BLED, AND GAVE UP HIS OWN LIFE so that if we repent and Follow him we can return to live with our Heavenly Father again. He did it so he could know exactly how we feel so he could give us the comfort and peace that we all need in this life. He did it so we could all be resurrected. He did it because he Loves us.

I thought I would share the Lyrics of this song with all of you


He lived 2000 years ago…I believe
So how could he truly know me
Though the son of God, my life, my friend
Still it’s hard for me to comprehend
And I wonder
How could He know the heartache I feel
When He lived a perfect life
From Gesthemene to Calvary
Was it really for me that He died
Then the Spirit whispers
These words ringing true
From the garden to the cross
He walked a mile in my shoes
Down on His knees in the garden that night
With tear-stained eyes
He lived each moment of our lives
Every fear and insecurity
That I’ve ever known
My every fallen moment, He has atoned
Still I wonder
How could He know the heartache I feel
When He lived a perfect life
From Gesthemene to Calvary
Was it really for me that He died
Then the Spirit whispers
These words ringing true
From the garden to the cross
He walked a mile in my shoes



I am thankful for the savior and all he does for me.And I know as we turn to him we will be succored.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Parents Prayers and Faith

This Last week I finished studying Mosiah in the Book of Mormon. In Chapter 27 it tells of Alma the younger and the four sons of Mosiah and how they tried to destroy the Church. They were very wicked men who led many people astray.

As thy went "about rebelling against God, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto them... Nevertheless he cried again, saying: Alma ... why persecutest thou the church of God? For the Lord hath said:  This is my church, and I will establish it; and nothing shall overthrow it, save it is the transgression of my people. And again, the angel said: Behold, the Lord hath heard the prayers of his people, and also the prayers of his servant, Alma, who is thy father; for he has prayed with much faith concerning thee that thou mightest be brought to the knowledge of the truth; therefore, for this purpose have I come to convince thee of the power and authority of God, that the prayers of his servants might be answered according to their faith." (Mosiah 27: 11-14).

For those who don't know the rest of the story Alma the younger and the four sons of Mosiah repent of their transgressions and become some of the most amazing and successful Missionaries.

This story has always taught me several things including that it is never to late too repent. No matter how wicked you have been in your life before you can still come in to the Gospel and repent of your sins and become clean again.

This time as I read it I noticed how it spoke of the prayer of his servant and especially of his Father. His Father and the servants of the Lord prayed and had Faith that the Lord would answer their prayers.

Image of a family kneeling in prayer togetherIt made me think of my own parents and how they always prayed for their children. Before we started our day we would kneel as a family in prayer. I remember when it was my Parents turn they would pray for each of their children for our struggles we would face and blessings that we needed. I also know they prayed when I was gone for my safety and welfare because I saw the protection and blessing through out my day.

Although at times I wasn't completely worthy of the blessing I received I know because of the faith my parents and the prayers they said in my behalf that I was protected, guided and blessed.

So Mom and Dad Thank you so much for your faithfulness and faith you had to know that the Lord would answer. And to all the rest of the Parents out there Pray for your children. Even when it's discouraging and you feel like they might never return "to the path of righteousness" keep praying For the Lord does hear your prayers and answers.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Understanding Obedience

The last few days I have been studying obedience in my personal study. I know that our Heavenly Father gives us commandments for our benefit. In the Doctrine and Covenants Section 82: 9-10 we learn that commandments are "directions how [we] may act before [the Lord]." for our own salvation. We also learn that when we obey the Lord is bound or in other words must bless us.

For me, as some of you that know me well can testify, obedience is hard especially when I don't understand exactly why I must obey. Commandments like the Word of Wisdom I know will keep my body healthy and is much easier for me to obey with exactness and not complain about. Or Keeping the Sabbath day holy gives both my body and spirit a day of rest and prepares me for the upcoming week.

Although there are other commandments / rules/ laws I have a hard time obeying with out understanding. For example some of the mission rules I don't fully understand. I don't understand why we can not listen to music other than hymns, primary music, Mormon Tabernacle, and Especially for Youth. It's been a hard struggle for me because there is other music that draws my thoughts and feelings to the Savior.

This week as I studied obedience I learned that it is only through obedience that we obtain any blessing from our Heavenly Father. In Doctrine and Covenants Section 130: 20 -21 it reads "There is a  law irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—

 And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated."

So it hit me! Even though I might not not fully understand why I must obey certain commandments / rules / laws that if I want blessings I must obey. I know that when we obey we will be blessed because the Lord is bound. And now I understand. 

Friday, September 24, 2010

Have you Given Thanks Today?

Luke 17:11-19
 
  11 ¶ And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
  12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
  13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
  14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
  15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
  16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
  17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
  18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
  19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.                                                     

I Love the story of the 10 Leapers. As a Junior in high school one of my young woman's leader taught of this story and challenge to us to be more thankful the coming week. I took that challenge to heart. When I went back to school the next day I was determined to thank all of my teachers for the time and effort they spent on helping me to learn. During the week I always said Thanks before I left the classroom all but one responded back with a "You're Welcome." The one always seemed shocked when I told him thank you.

At the end of the week, as I exited his classroom he said " You know in my 30 years of teaching I have never been thanked once until the start of this week." I was shocked and he could tell as he said "it meant a lot to be thanked".

I thank my Heavenly Father for all the many blessings he pours out on me daily. And for the Savior Atonement for it is only through him that we can return to our Heavenly Father.  I am grateful for the gospel and for the knowledge I have that Families can be together forever.

So again I ask Have you Given Thanks Today?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Laughter is the best Medicine

ImageIn preparation and mostly excitement for the coming General Conference I have been rereading former Conference Talks.  This week as I read I came across a Talk I Love.  Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the October 2008 Conference gave the talk called “Come What May, and Love It.”
In the talk he tells of a tough football game lost and and how after telling his mother of the disappointment she gives him the advise to "come what may and love it".

He goes on to give some ways in which we can learn to love even through the hard times. One of these ways is to learn to laugh. "Have you ever seen an angry driver who, when someone else makes a mistake, reacts as though that person has insulted his honor, his family, his dog, and his ancestors all the way back to Adam? Or have you had an encounter with an overhanging cupboard door left open at the wrong place and the wrong time which has been cursed, condemned, and avenged by a sore-headed victim? There is an antidote for times such as these: learn to laugh."

While going through last transfer I somehow hurt my back. I was in so much pain at one point I couldn't move. I went to the doctor and was put on medication to help me relax but would make me a little drowsy. After returning to the apartment I fell asleep only to be woken up by my companion. She told me we needed to go to our dinner appointment and just kept explaining and talking to me. After what seamed forever I interrupted her and said, " I don't know what you just said but I'll get dressed."

My companion started to laugh and I asked, "why are you laughing at me?" She responded it's just a little funny, but you can either be embarrassed now and laugh later or just laugh now. I realized that she was right either way I was going to laugh. So "The next time you’re tempted to groan, you might try to laugh instead. It will extend your life and make the lives of all those around you more enjoyable"

I know as we try to laugh and look for the humor in or own lives that we will be happier and we will learn to Come What May and Love It.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Why Come on a Mission?

To be completely honest I never had the desire to serve a mission. From the Time I was in 6 grade I wanted to go to College study Nursing, work in a Hospital, find "Prince Charming", and then start my own family.  Those were my Plans and as we all know if you want to hear God laugh just tell him your plans. So as a Sophomore in High School I was able to get my patriarchal blessing. I was told during that blessing that I would have the opportunity to serve and would serve a mission. I remember thinking No Heavenly Father I don't want to serve a mission.
 Shortly after graduating form High School nothing felt right. I wanted to go to college and study but it just felt wrong. I decided that working and saving some money would be the smart thing to do. Later that year some trials come up in work and while talking to my Father one day he posed a simple question. "What do you want to do with your life?" Before I could even think I heard myself say "I want to serve a mission."

I couldn't believe what just came out of my mouth, since the day I told my Heavenly Father I wouldn't serve it hadn't even crossed my mind. In the coming weeks and months as I prayed to know if it was right it just was confirmed that I should go.

Even as I walked away form my Parents at the Airport I knew I should come, though I didn't know why. I knew I would miss my Family so much but I knew that as I took that leap of Faith and Trusted in the Lord I would be blessed.

My testimony has grown and I know that the Lord is there and watching over me daily. I am so grateful for the opportunity that I have to serve a mission. I'm grateful that I get to bear my testimony daily. I know the church is true. I know the Lord knows whats best for us. As we trust in him and he will direct us on our daily paths. I'm grateful for the gospel.

That is why I'm I came on my mission to share this amazing Gospel with others so they could experience the Joy and Happiness the gospel brings.