Why Serve a mission?

When I was 15 years old I listened to the mother of a close friend talk about serving a mission. For the first time I remember really wanting to serve a mission when I turned 21. I just had to hear hundreds of missionaries sing "Called to Serve" in the MTC! Time went on, and I prepared for the different eventualities of life. When the age sister missionaries could serve dropped to 19, I was super stoked! I was 19, almost 20! I could go early! Well, it turned out that wasn't the time for me. November of 2013, I felt strongly like I should reconsider the mission idea. I did, and the pieces of the puzzle fell into place :) This is all really nice, but it's not really the WHY, it's more of the HOW.

So WHY am I choosing to dedicate 18 months of my life away from my family, friends, school, and a closet full of clothes to talk to people in Missouri? Well, 33 years ago, 2 male missionaries started talking to my dear sweet Momma. The message they shared with her changed the course of her existence, and our family. I'm so grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ and the knowledge I have of who He is, and what His plan for His children is. I can't help feeling like if I choose not to share this message with others that I'll be ungrateful for the amazing gift that I've been given. I've also been blessed with some talents that I'd like to give back to the Lord. As much as I love my family and the other things listed above, I love my Heavenly Father and Savior more. They have called, so I'm answering.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Letter to her Daddy

Hi Daddio,

I sent you a package, but it sounds like it hasn't arrived yet. They told me it should arrive today sometime, so hopefully it does :) I sure love you!

So at first I was bummed that I had to wait an extra day to email, but then I realized I could email you on your Birthday! What a tender Mercy! I can kinda be a part of it! I hope you have a great day! I love you mucho grande!

I love to read your letters. You are just such a great example to me. I'm glad you had a positive experience with Keenan and Michael. They are good boys. That's awesome about the investigators in church!! We had 1 (and 3 less actives we've been working with) and I was just excited for that!

I'm glad you're learning how to balance everything with being Bishop and everything else. It's kinda nice being set apart full time because that's one thing I don't have to worry about! I can devote my whole self to the work. I still am learning how to thrust in my sickle with ALL my might. Have you read D&C 4 recently? It really applies to all of us! I don't know if I shared this before, but before my mission I was super excited to sing "Called to Serve" in the MTC. Everyone talks about how it's awesome hearing all the missionaries sing it together. Well, we sang it in the MTC and guess what? It was awesome, but just as awesome as hearing everyone sing it at Stake Conference. It made me realize that the song isn't just for missionaries: We've ALL been called to serve! We can ALL receive the power from Heaven to fulfill these responsibilities. It just so happens missionaries are set apart specifically to have this as our only focus. It should be everyone's focus though. Just thought I'd share that with ya :)

Guess what Daddy? I learned how to work a weed wacker this week! Another happy birthday gift to you! There were a TON of spiders in our weeds AND A SNAKE! I'm becoming so tough. You would be proud. Also I still screamed when I saw the snake. Some things don't change. A SNAKE IN OUR YARD! Yup I'm still freaking out about that. But I'm tough. I am. I think.... A tough princess. Does that work? haha

I hope you like the pictures I sent Momma. They were an extra bonus for your Birthday! I hope it's great :) Guess what, I love you! Have a super day!

Lots of love,
Sister Edge

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