On the 18th of December 2013, I received an abnormally large, white envelope in the mail. It was obviously not a Christmas card or random note from a friend. This was something special. This was something that I had been anticipating and one that I waited weeks for. This strategically folded piece of paper contained the letter that would tell me where I was going to spend the next 18 months of my life.
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I have the opportunity to volunteer my time in the form of serving a mission. To me, a mission means that someone gets the opportunity to forget about themselves for a time while they focus solely on serving others. Today, there are almost 60,000 members of the church who have made the commitment to make someone else's life better and that number increases steadily every day. Think of what a difference all those people are making in the world.
Upon receiving my call to serve in the Denver Colorado North Mission, I, like so many others, agreed to leave my family and friends for a little while to serve my Heavenly Father through sharing the happiness that comes from knowing the truth of His restored gospel. I am so grateful for all of the incredible opportunities I've been given in my life, but this is one that, although I am tremendously appreciative of, isn't about me. I look forward to meeting the people in Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska and ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers. They are what this is all about.
Thanks for your support. Hasta luego Grass Valley, hello Rockies! The next big adventure begins February 17th.