What we wish we'd known before we served a Mormon mission
- You are going to learn and grow, and so is your family.
- Your family will be watched over. They will find new ways to manage their own lives. Often, siblings will grow closer to each other.
- You will receive divine help and strength as you rely on the Lord and ask for his help. You will also feel the strength of other people's prayers for you.
- You will be an inspiration to your children and grandchildren and others. You will have opportunities to build their faith through sharing your missionary experiences with them.
- Your knowledge and understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ will increase.
- Your faith in God and trust in his plan for you will increase.
- Endless tender mercies will help you achieve success in your assignments.
- Working with a variety of people and personalities will provide you with a great opportunity to expand your comfort zone and your confidence. You will meet and make some fabulous new friends and establish eternal friendships.
- You will feel great peace and joy at times. You will recognize God's hand in your life.
- You will have the satisfaction of spending some of your retirement years making the world a better place.
- The world will get smaller as you make friends from many nations. You will have compassion for the circumstances of others.
- Spiritual gifts will strengthen you — such as a greater ability to discern needs, to memorize, to speak in public, to love and to endure.
- You will have the time you want to study the scriptures and focus on spiritual things.
- You will marvel as you see (very personally) the effect and influence that the gospel of Jesus Christ has on the lives of those who find it and embrace it.
- You will learn the worth of a soul.
- You will learn to love the people you serve and work with — deeply. You will wrap your heart around the people and places where you serve.
Senior missions are hard work. There’s no doubt about it. They are filled with highs and lows. They are a time of joy, growth (sometimes fun, sometimes painful), love, hard work, more hard work, and many, many miracles and blessings. What a grand privilege.
Editor's note: This post by Patricia Carpenter originally appeared on DonandPat.blogspot.com. It has been reprinted here with permission.
Don and Patricia Carpenter have served in the London England Temple Visitors' Center for two years, and they will be returning to their home in Draper, Utah, next week. Prior to their time in England, they served a CES mission in the Washington, D.C., South Mission.
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