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Over the past months, I have been preparing to serve a mission for my church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This means leaving my family, friends, school, and everything else behind for two years to share with complete strangers what I know to be true about Jesus Christ.
When a missionary sends in their application, there are 418 different locations around the world where they can be sent. They don’t know where they are going, and don’t really have a say in expressing any preference on a location. So when you receive your assignment, it is a pretty big moment. We believe missionaries are called by God, so where they are assigned to serve is where the Lord wants them to be. It is not random or coincidence.
The night I received my call, I had just returned home from an awards ceremony where I was recognized for my ability to speak Spanish. I’ve worked hard over the last five years to become fluent in Spanish, so I thought I might go to a Spanish speaking country. My family and I arrived home later than expected to a house full of family and friends excited to share this moment with me.
I received my call to serve in the Singapore Mission. I will have the opportunity to serve the people of Singapore and Malaysia in the Mandarin Chinese language. After spending several weeks in Provo learning the language, I will spend two years in Singapore preaching the Gospel and serving those that I meet.
It’s thanks to my family and friends that I have reached this point in my life. I know that as I embark on my mission, I will grow closer to my Heavenly Father. Serving a mission will help me in many other aspects of my life, such as at school, work, in becoming a husband and father, and so many other ways.
I know that there are people in Singapore and in Malaysia who are waiting for me to find them, and I can’t wait to get out there!