The next time I experience a Tuesday at 3:31 pm…I will be in KOREA! According to my travel plans, at 3:30 next Tuesday I will be landing at the Seoul airport. My fellow missionaries also heading to the Daejeon Mission and I will leave the MTC on Monday at 3:00 am. That’s right, I will be missing out on 36 hours of life, but I think it’s a fair trade to be able to go to Korea and serve the wonderful people there. So from now on all your snail mail to me will be more expensive and will take way longer, but trust me, it’ll still be worth it!
Yesterday morning after my companion and I swept and mopped the two bathrooms on our res hall floor for our weekly service assignment, we also got to do another service assignment which was much more up my alley. We got to welcome the new senior missionaries to the MTC and help them move into their rooms. It was AWESOME! I had to refrain from jumping up and down while screaming and bestowing on them a high five. Actually, we welcomed one of the largest numbers of new senior missionaries thus far in church history! There are two types of senior missionaries: sisters and couples. They don’t necessarily have to be old either, but senior just denotes that they are more superior in their years and wisdom than missionaries like me under 26 for elders and under 40 for sisters. My dad’s parents have actually served several missions, so senior missionary couples who serve as husband and wife aren’t that foreign to me. But I’ve never before met a senior sister missionary, so that was very exciting! These couples and sisters can serve all over the world as member missionaries, office specialists, humanitarian aid coordinators, mission presidents, temple presidents, visitor center workers, etc. The opportunities are endless to help build up the Lord’s kingdom on earth. I’m actually really excited to serve with my husband one day…and I haven’t even made it out of the MTC the first time yet!
I met three sisters yesterday while helping them move in, and they were all amazing. The first two are actually roommates for their ten day training here. The first was an elementary school librarian for over 30 years and has been widowed for the last ten years. She said when she retired in May she didn’t want to sit around in her empty house but instead go on an adventure! The other has been widowed for 11 years and her Bishop (the head ecclesiastical leader over her congregation) said to her, “it’s time.” So she accepted a call to serve. The sisters were instantly friends and didn’t even think to ask each others’ names until we’d showed them the room for their orientation 10 minutes later. The last sister we helped was a convert to the gospel, and she said all she ever wanted to do was repay the service the missionaries did for her. This is her second mission! These sisters were such a testament to me that no matter your circumstances, serving others, whether it be in Texas, Hawaii, or South Africa, will bring so much joy and light into your life.
I, too, am so thankful for this opportunity to serve my Heavenly Father. No matter how much service I do, I know that it’ll never make up for the blessings he has given me in my life. But I do know that as I fulfill my call to Korea and serve His children there, I will be serving Him as well (Matthew 25:40, Mosiah 2:17).
I want each of you reading this to know that I have not gone on a mission for my own benefit, but to bless the lives of others, and that includes you. I have been blessed with truth in my life, an understanding of Heavenly Father’s plan and his love for each one of us, and an incomprehensible joy because of it! All I want to do is share that joy, just like the Book of Mormon prophet Alma (Alma 36:24). Every story I tell, every promise I make, every scripture I share can be applied to your life. This is why heavenly Father gives us teachers, prayer, church, and scriptures, so that we can learn and have the greatest light and joy in each of our lives, so that we can learn for ourselves as we apply the lessons we learn to our lives.
So whenever you read my stories, remember that my message isn’t just for the Korean people, it’s for you, too.