Hi! I served a mission in the Sweden Stockholm mission several years ago and am now married to a returned missionary and starting a family.
Please share this blog with others so we can help as many future missionaries as possible. Feel free to add your own advice. I hope this can help many young people preparing to go on a mission, but most specifically, sisters.
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Last week my husband, our kids, and I were able to go to the beach. Yay! Since we're from Utah, we haven't had that many opportunities to go to the beach. It was wonderful. My husband played in the water with the 2 year old while I watched with the baby. A lady, who was also watching her family in the water, came up and started talking to me. It started with the usual stuff - babies, the beach, where we're from, etc. Then she asked if we were Christian. I, of course, said yes. This started a conversation about what we believed in. She said she and her family were looking for a Christian church to attend. I gave a very brief summary of our beliefs and asked her if I could give her information to the missionaries. She said yes! She also said that she believed in prayer and personal revelation and would pray about what the missionaries said to see for herself if it was true. Isn't missionary work amazing?! I don't really feel like I did much... that opportunity pretty much just dropped from the sky and landed in my lap. But, I was in the right place at the right time and was able to answer her questions. This is what missionary work usually is. Have a desire and pray for opportunities. Be in the right place at the right time and be prepared to help with whatever they are seeking. Listen to the Spirit and trust yourself! You can do it. :) My husband and I were pretty bummed that we didn't have a copy of the Book of Mormon to give her. We have given her information to the missionaries though so now we just pray that everything will work out. Missionary work makes me so happy! There's nothing in the world like it.
"Why are there so many Mormon Temples? What goes on inside them anyways? Why are you guys always so 'secretive' about it? Why can't I go inside?"
If you haven't been asked these questions yet, I'm sure you will some time in your life, especially as a missionary. How do you answer these questions? What can you talk about when it comes to temples? Most members of the church have a hard time with this. The Church just came out with this wonderful little video answering all of these questions. Whether you are wondering these questions yourself, or wondering how to answer them for others, I recommend watching it.
I want each of you to know that I have a strong testimony of temples. I know that because my husband and I were married in the temple, we will be together forever. My beautiful little family will be mine forever! What a wonderful blessing! I love the gospel.
A few days ago, my family and I moved. Again. We move a lot for my husband's job. Anyways, when the sister missionaries in our ward found out we were moving, they offered to come help me pack. This really meant a lot to me. My husband works a lot and we are thousands of miles away from family and most of our friends. They came over for about an hour and a half and helped pack up the kitchen and the kids' clothes. They helped us pack, yes, but more than that, they brought such a wonderful Spirit into our home. It just gave me such hope and such peace that everything would work out. Missionaries can be so powerful. Never forget that. We try to keep the Spirit in our home with appropriate media, scripture study, prayer, etc, but I don't think there's anything quite like the power of a full-time missionary. As a representative of Jesus Christ, you'll spread His light wherever you go.