Missionary Work has always been a huge part of my life. Living in areas of the country such as CA and NC that did not have many members I was able to gain the ability to easily share my testimony of this gospel and be an example of a believer. This picture is of my boyfriend Bradley and his recent baptism in November 2012. It was one of the best moments of my life to see him progress through the gospel and make the decision to be baptized. Sharing the gospel just makes me happy. Because of this happiness, I was completely overjoyed at the announcement of the age change for sister missionaries at the most recent General Conference. I am SO excited to serve a mission when the time is right! I'd want nothing more right now than to share this incredible knowledge.
"This is my work and glory: to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man"
Do the Work!
As we have prayerfully pondered the age at which young men may begin their missionary service, we have also given consideration to the age at which a young woman might serve. Today I am pleased to announce that able, worthy young women who have the desire to serve may be recommended for missionary service beginning at age 19, instead of age 21.
Thomas S. Monson, "Welome to Conference", Oct 2012
There is absolutely nothing in this world that will provide more comfort and happiness than a testimony of the truth. -We should develop the capacity to see men not as they are but as they can become when they are members of the Church, when they have a testimony of the gospel, and when their lives are in harmony with its teachings.
Thomas S. Monson, "See Others as They May Become", Oct 2012
“This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). There is no greater gift that comes to anyone in this world than a certain, reassuring conviction that God, our Eternal Father, lives and that Jesus is the Christ. I believe that. I think it is so very, very important."
Gordon B. HInkley, "The Message: Gifts to Bring Home from the Mission Field", March 07 New Era
It would be difficult to imagine anything more exciting to do as a young man, woman, or couple in the world today than to be a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The message of the restored gospel we share is absolutely vital. It is from God our Eternal Father for every one of His children on earth and is centered in His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. When that message is understood and lived, it can replace turmoil with peace, sorrow with happiness and provide solutions to life’s persistent challenges.
Richard G. Scott, "Now is the Time to Serve a Mission!" April 06
"Young people need to commit themselves early in life to the idea of a mission. That way, when they get older and begin to face some of the world's temptations, those temptations will be less likely to penetrate their hearts or minds. They will resist the temptations because they are focused on becoming a servant of the Lord."
"You are called to represent the Savior. Your voice to testify becomes the same as His voice, your hands to lift the same as His hands. His work is to bless His Father's spirit children with the opportunity to choose eternal life. So, your calling is to bless lives. .
"Your call has eternal consequences for others and for you. In the world to come, thousands may call your name blessed, even more than the people you serve here. They will be the ancestors and the descendants of those who chose eternal life because of something you said or did, or even what you were. . .You see, there are no small callings to represent the Lord."