Go, Elder and Sister: A message to hesitant pre-missionaries

I have often wondered what would have happened if the missionaries that baptized my family decided not to serve a mission.
Luckily, they did.
And tears of gratitude come to my eyes because of it.
Behind every missionary is a life, a legacy they have touched.
And though not every touched life ends in a dripping wet white jumpsuit, hearts will be changed.
My friend, Kayla blogs over at All Our Lemmony Things. Today, she posted about the missionaries that changed her life. She gives some poignant advice to men and women thinking about serving.
Thanks, Kayla, and happy 5-year anniversary.

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Today is my 5th birthday.

Not “birth” birthday, of course–I’m 23, not 5.

No, five years ago today I left the old Kayla behind and became someone different. Someone trying to be a little better.

I became a Latter-day-Saint.

A few weeks leading up to today I told my husband we should have cake to celebrate (kind of a silly tradition). He made cookies instead–and I sure don’t mind since sugar is sugar *and his cookies rock*. I also spent some time flipping though my old journal, remembering entries I wrote while I was being taught by my missionaries and looking over pictures from the day I was baptized alongside my family.

And now that I’m settled down from a sugar rush that I managed to get before lunchtime and my husband is off running an errand, I got the desire to write to you–the 18, 19, 20-something-year-old young…

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“Don’t you dare come home”

I would like to start this post by saying that I recognize that there are some situations revolving around pains, injuries and illness that merit an honorable release from a mission. There are other situations where pain becomes an excuse. With that being said, here is a letter I wrote to a missionary today. This … Continue reading “Don’t you dare come home”

God’s prepared you for this mission: I’ll prove it

Good morning. Or whatever the proper salutation is for 3 a.m. blogging. I couldn't sleep. Naturally, I found myself thinking of you. As well as every other thought ever conceived. I'm sitting in my bedroom, propped up against a wall, a goose feather pillow behind my back. #weddinggift The walls behind me are painted the … Continue reading God’s prepared you for this mission: I’ll prove it

Here’s what a ropes course taught me about the Atonement

Let's take a trip back to the summer after I graduated from high school. Like, six years ago. #thatslikeforever My ward was having a stake youth conference and word on the street was it was going to be the bees knees. I felt relatively neutral about the entire ordeal. And by neutral, I meant there … Continue reading Here’s what a ropes course taught me about the Atonement

Go on.

Maybe you’ve realized this, but right before something good—I mean real good— happens, life totally sucks.Oh, you’ve noticed this too? How charming. #hellofriendRight before my mission, life sucked.I’m about to get married. Life sometimes sucks.But I have found/let’sbehonest I’m still learning that the most rewarding bits of life are filled with these moments of suckage.But … Continue reading Go on.