Every Morning I look in the mirror while I put on my name tag. A name tag that I never knew that could impact my life and who I am becoming. That would take me places, bringing me to new people that I have never met before. New challenges that I would face while feeling complete all at once. Who knew that my journey would take me here to the place where I become something more?

When I made the choice to serve a mission for 18 months I had no clue what was waiting for me. I knew what was behind me but I couldn’t see what was in front of me. The path that would lead to new memories was unknown. I had first questioned if this was something that I wanted to do. Was it something that God needed me to do? 

Know I can look back on that day when I wasn’t sure what to do. When it seemed like I had way too many options to pick from but yet my heart yearned for just one. These words were spoken to me ” You know what’s in your heart, don’t doubt it”. These simple words are so powerful. We sometimes get caught up in all the “what if’s” that shutting out what our hearts are trying to say. 

As I have followed my heart all the way to the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission I have been given an opportunity to become something greater than what I ever thought possible. Grodon B. Hinckley says this perfectly: “Know that the Lord, in His time, will bring about all your righteous desires- Sometimes in ways we could not have possibly foreseen. What a beautiful recipe for happiness and peace”. My desire to serve a mission was something that I didn’t quite understand until now.

As 11 months have gone by I understand why I needed to be on a mission. The person that I have always wanted to become would have otherwise been unachievable and I say that because God knows our desires. He knew who I desired to become and that desire was the greatest desire my heart has. 

The challenges that I have faced on my mission and even thought out my life have a part to play in creating who I am. The things that I did before my mission and the ups and downs gave me the change to be where I am today. If I wouldn’t have taken the next step in my life I wouldn’t have been here but what I have seen and learned would be gone. 

All of our challenges of the past and even the ones today impact us but what we chose to do with them either gives us the power to become something great or they can have the power to hold us back. ” There are two ways of evolving; deliberately and accidentally. You can either decide who you want to become and deliberately work towards that end, or you can just go with the flow and become whatever life makes of you. In that event, you will become whatever the fickle circumstances and forces and Society will make of you; whatever is currently considered to be popular or in; whatever is easiest. But, whatever you become accidently it will not be nearly the full measure of our potential. You will become just someone in the middle” ( Lawrence E. Corbridge).

Our greatest desire is who we want to become. But, how do we then archive this? I have asked my sled this question over and over my whole life. Is it even possible to make that desire come true or will always just stay a desire? 

It is possible and let me tell you how it’s possible! We first have to know who we want to be. So the question is who would you like to be? This is a loaded question but when we know who we want to become we can then take the next step to accomplishing it. To be able to become something more We can’t do it on our own. We have to be willing to allow God to help us to become something more.

 “Think of those things you truly need. Bring your goals and your hopes and your dreams to the Lord and set them before Him. Heavenly Father wants us to approach Him and ask for His divine aid. Explain to Him the trials you are facing. Set before Him your righteous desires.” ( Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin). When we know who we desire to become we then can bring them to God. We then are allowing Him to take the next step. That next step sometimes leads to our trials and even the best times of our lives.

I never truly thought of our struggles in life as a blessing but now I can say that I do. That may sound crazy right? Well just these past few months I went from being outside talking to people and feeling like a normal person but then when covid hit all of that was taken away from me. I became the person just like the rest of the world, someone who was stuck inside their homes. How would I be able to find joy or even have happiness in my life like I did then? Would it ever go back to the same or what we would say is “ normal”. If I would have known that this is what I would have to face I don’t know that I would have taken that step. I believe that God doesn’t tell us everything because then what would we learn? Would we really become something more if we didn’t have times that pushed to grow?

“Every challenge you face, every hard thing you confront, every bad thing that happens to you, every unfairness, every conflict, every sadness, tragedy, every disappointment and heartache, every temptation and every opposition happens for one purpose only: to give you opportunity to respond by applying in your life the teaching of Jesus. As you do so you are changed to become more..”( Lawrence E. Corbridge) Our life will always give us the opportunity to grow and become more but that’s up to us to decide if it will. I made the choice to come on a mission and do I regret it? No, I am grateful for it. I have grown in ways that I never thought was possible. I am becoming something more because I decided that I won’t let the circumstances decide what I should be but that I make the decision how it will change me!

Always remember that life is changing, you are always changing but God does not. He will alway be there to help you reach your full potential. He walks with you along your journey to become something more, someone great!

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