Monday, October 15, 2012

Time Warp

Almost a week after writing my last post about missionaries, I experienced a time warp.  I was sitting in front of the TV watching President Monson give the first talk of General Conference.  He announced that Young Men would now be able to leave for their missions at the age of 18.  Young Women would be able to leave for their missions at age 19.  More details on this here.
photo found at lds.org
I was so excited and my mind starting rolling through what this meant for me and for all the youth that I know.  My sons will now be able to go right after High School Graduation.  My daughters will now more likely go than not go.  Then I thought.  I could of gone on a mission.  I would have been able to serve at the same time that my husband went.  But then, I thought my life would have turned out so differently.  Every revelation that comes from the lord is all in good timing.  It was not in the plans for me to go on a mission.  This is ok.  I think my life has still followed a path that has been set out for me.
I knew this was BIG and had to look at FB to see what people were saying.  Everyone was excited and some anxious parents were adding up the months at how quick they can send in the papers. Many mom's out there just lost a year to prepare.  All in all it is good news.
The mission prep has been put into overdrive for this household.  I need to get some extra good lessons planned for Family Home Evening.  Oh, heaven help me!

Monday, October 1, 2012

I Hope They Call Me On Mission

Yesterday, in Church the talks were on preparing our son's to go on missions.  The couple who gave the talks are sending their 19 year old boy out on his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  This Young Man also spoke to us about what he did to prepare himself for a mission.   I was very impressed with the Faith that they all displayed.
Why do LDS people(Mormon's) get so excited about these young men(or women) going on missions?  We send them away from home for two years to a different place and the only phone calls are on Christmas and Mother's day. Why? This is what I think or KNOW... 
 The LDS Church has over 50,000 missionaries through out the world spreading the word about our savior Jesus Christ.  Either by teaching or example the message is the same, 'Come Unto Christ'.  There is something to be said about a person who will sacrifice their time and substance and give it to others.  When these young people have prepared themselves spiritually and temporally to serve the Lord, their is reason to rejoice.  It shows faith, humility, stamina, and courage.  This is a very focused time is to serve others.  It is not easy either.  These missionaries follow a rigid schedule and do get scrutinized by those who do not understand.  However, the reward is great.  Those who return from their missions have learned patience, understanding, perspective, and for some a new language.  They are able to learn life skills that will help them through out the rest of their lives.
It is the most exciting time to wait for the mission call to come in the mail.  When my brothers and sister received their calls we held our breath until the place of where they were to go was announced.  I did write a letter to a missionary every week for two years.  When he returned home we got married six months later.
I love this clip with David Archuleta(I am an archie), my sister, Allison made the comment, "It's too bad that every young man doesn't get a standing ovation when he announces his decision to serve a mission."  She is right.  Everyone may not get a standing ovation but they do get the satisfaction in knowing they are doing right by the Lord.  If the clip does not work you can watch it here.