As I’ve gone through the process of getting my papers in and even before when I was telling people what I wanted to do after high school the question always came forward of why. Why would I want to put my life on pause for two years and spend thousands of dollars to teach absolute strangers what I know? Well I can give lots of reasons but I find it best to go back to the very beginning. When I was very young, I don’t remember the exact age, the very fist memory I have of being with my extended family was when we went to meet my Uncle Christian at the airport as he came home from his mission. Now there’s not a whole lot that I completely remember about that experience but the over whelming aspect of it was the feeling. I didn’t know what it was at that age and it took me a long while more to recognize it but it was throughout the experience whenever I was with him. It was a marvelous feeling that made it so I never wanted to leave his side the entire time we where there. It filled me up and made me want to feel like that all the time and it engrave in my young mind a respect and admiration for him that has continued through today. But like said it took me a while to recognize that the feeling that I felt was a powerful presence of the spirit that surrounded someone who had dedicated two years of their lives to obedience, faith, and trust in the Lord. It dawned on me at a very young age that I wanted this feeling all my life and I have continued to strive toward this goal. The eventual choice to turn in my papers and turn those two years toward service was a simple one. In fact if you asked me when I decided to do this I would tell you that I don’t exactly know. There was no single defining moment that set the wheels turning but a life of planning to strive to grow closer to Christ and our Heavenly Father, and that planning has led me to a few simple and powerful truths. That Jesus Christ lives, he suffered and died on the cross and in Gethsemane to provide a way for us to truly join our Father in Heaven, the one and only true and living God, after the trials and experiences of this mortal existence. That through the prophet Joseph Smith he restored the true church of Christ to the earth in these latter days. The Book Of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and that with the Bible and the teachings of modern-day prophets we can receive guidance back to our Father and live throughout the eternities with our families. All throughout the Bible, The Book Of Mormon, D&C, Pearl of Great Price, all of them testify of these things. They also testify of one other very important truth, that through prayers of faith, we can know the truths of all things. I have found this meaningful in my life. I have found the truth that is in the gospel of Jesus Christ through his restored church The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have accepted the challenge of James, Moroni, modern-day prophets, and the Savior himself to find the truth. And now I challenge you with all my heart to take up this challenge. To search your soul and the scriptures and ask God in mighty prayer with lowliness of heart and you will know that He is there. That you are the children of A loving Heavenly Father that provided a way through Jesus Christ to return and live with him. If you do this I promise that he will answer. He has answered me and now I am forever in his debt. So back to the beginning, why serve a mission? To tell the truth.