Taylor (Arizona Scottsdale Mission)
–Paraphrased from Taylor’s mission interview–
For Future Missionaries
For those who are planning on serving a mission, particularly those who have been called the greatest mission on earth ( the Arizona Scottsdale Mission), there’s a few things you should keep in mind. The first is what you’ve been called to do. Most people may want to focus on numbers and baptisms, but you have been called to represent Christ. Even though I as a missionary kept a lot of lists, I don’t think Christ did that; I think He focused on the people. The Savior didn’t have a set schedule. Though you will as a missionary, you shouldn’t follow it 100% of the time, especially when things fall through. You have to be open to the spirit
Secondly, I would encourage you to be flexible. With so much stress, or even anxiety like the kind I have, it can be hard to let go and adapt to the difficult environment of the mission. Listen to the spirit and make those important changes in your life.
My third piece of advice is to pray always. I made the mistake of not praying very much on my mission because I was sick all the time. That is a very important habit to develop: pray every morning and every evening. Pray when you need something and when you are grateful. You can’t bare testimony of that or teach it if you haven’t experienced it
Immerse yourself in the scriptures. Learn about the teachings, and learn how to direct people to certain verses or chapters as you teach doctrine. As you do so, you will gain a stronger testimony and come to understand the nuances of your own testimony.
Finally, my last piece of advice is to love everyday. I am not the best at this, but that is essential. But the gospel is a gospel of happiness. It brings both joy and pain, and sometimes it hurts to be a member of the church. But God promises to keep “his end of the bargain,” and bring us peace and joy, and it will get better.
For those of you who may be experiencing delays or might be in limbo, know that you are doing what God wants right now. This may seem like a deviation form the plan, but consider what you are learning and get down on your knees and acknowledge that. Finding joy in the journey is the thing to do. I know that as we seek to be happy, we will have the spirit with us, and those things will go hand in hand. I know that the savior is the one who brings joy to us, and that we can have that through hard experiences. Whether we be on the mission, or preparing to serve one, or if we’re off the mission and have six kids, it’s an important skill to have each day.