I am 19, and serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Philippines Cauayan Mission! I will be speaking the Tagalog language. I’ve got similar interests to many my age–I love hiking, doing things with friends, going running, going on dates, coming up with Indie band names, learning about anything I can, soccer, going to school, lacrosse, singing, jazz, and piano. My family is awesome. My life is in a great place.
But for the next 18 months, I am leaving my family. I am leaving my friends, dating life, sports, most music, school, and other opportunities completely behind for He that I love most: the Lord. I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ more than anything else. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to serve them wholeheartedly for 18 months. Nothing I am leaving behind is truly a sacrifice, because I have been blessed infinitely more than I could ever repay. People need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. I want to tell them. Too much happiness, too much joy, too many blessings have come to my life from having this gospel in my life for me to not share it. Come learn. It will change your life for the better. It has changed mine.