After serving an 18-month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I have decided to make a final post about my whole experience as being a missionary. I’ve been thinking a lot about the question, “What does my mission mean to me?” To be honest, I’m not sure if I can answer that question completely because it’s fairly hard to summarize my entire experience into a simple answer. But I’ll do my best.
I can’t really express how eternally grateful I am to have had the opportunity to serve my Savior, Jesus Christ. Every time I put on my nametag as a missionary, I was taking his name upon myself. What a privilege, and what a responsibility. As representatives of Jesus Christ, missionaries have one objective. Bless everyone they can with the knowledge of the gospel. Every missionary has recited their purpose: “To invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.”
Serving a mission is the hardest, yet most rewarding thing I have ever done. This is the Lord’s work. Spending 18 months talking to everyone I could in Puebla about the gospel was the absolute best thing ever. I can honestly say that I have never been as happy as I was when I was a missionary. Missionaries save lives by bringing Heavenly Father’s children back to Him, and in the process, we end up saving ourselves as well. I am so grateful for the eye-opening experience I had. I can say that I have come to know my Heavenly Father, and my Redeemer Jesus Christ. I know they love me and that they love EVERY SINGLE ONE of us. It doesn’t matter who we are, or what we have done. They love us with an unconditional love. Because they love us so much, they have provided us a way to return home to them. A way to have unending happiness. That ‘way’ is the gospel. I am so thankful to have the gospel in my life.
I have had incredible experiences teaching others about the gospel too. I have seen many miracles in my life and in the lives of others. It’s hard sharing the gospel when it’s pouring rain, or when you’re in the scorching sun, or when no one wants to accept the message. But even through all that, it’s worth it. It’s worth it to find those people who are ready, who see their lives change, who see all the blessings that come from living the gospel. It’s worth it for them. It’s worth everything to do what Jesus did, and bless others and learn and grow. I love the people of Mexico (especially those poblanos 🙂 ) and I’ so glad I was able to serve and love them.
I will never forget all the experiences I had on the short mission I was able to serve. But the mission doesn’t end after 18 months. It’s an eternal mission. A mission to live the gospel every day of our lives. It’s not an easy one either, but it’s worth it.
I know this church is true, that it’s the Lord Jesus Christ’s church here on the earth. I know that there are prophets today who lead and guide us. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that the Book of Mormon is true. Anyone who wants to know these simple truths can ask God, and He will answer them!
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