I've been neglecting my blog. Poor dear.
I recently had a discussion with one of my friends. I expressed my excitement in order to go on a mission when I turn 19, and she, though trying to respect my decision, stated that she had decided not to go. When I inquired why, she said it was because her patriarchal blessing had focused a lot on her life as a wife and mother. I said I understood and said no more of it, but I couldn't help pondering her lack of enthusiasm.
You see, everybody else I've talked to is SUPER excited to go on a mission, myself included. It was strange in the least to find someone who considers herself so strong in the Church not excited. Not. One. Freaking. Whit.
It kept irking me until a couple days later, when I was in Seminary. Brother Larsen (Best male Seminary teacher I've ever had. Plus, he looks strangely like my dad o.O) talked about how awesome his mission was. He pointed out that we have to get ready for our missions even earlier now, preparing while we're in high school. He got so riled up that he started shouting, telling us that we should be EXCITED for our missions!
But the best part about the entire discussion is that he pointed out, girls, that if you leave when you're 19, you'll get back when you're 20-21. Most people don't even get married until they're 21 or 22, leaving you with plenty of time.And guess what? It will leave you a better person.
It proved to me that my friend was, at least, partially wrong. A mission will be a wonderful experience for you, and will help you raise your children in the gospel.
Girls, I don't know about you, but I'm going on a mission. And if you feel like you shouldn't, pray again, because whether or not the prophet commands it, a mission is for every young man and woman.
(In the name of Jesus Christ, amen)
"A desire to serve (a mission) is a natural outcome of one’s conversion, worthiness, and preparation." -Russell M. Nelson
What does that say about you?