Living by the scriptures

"And I give unto them a commandment that they shall go forth for a little season, and it shall be given by the power of the Spirit when they shall return.

And ye shall go forth in the power of my Spirit, preaching my gospel, two by two, in my name, lifting up your voices as with the sound of a trump, declaring my word like unto angels of God." – D&C 42:5-6

Coming on a mission is the most difficult decision I have ever had to make, as I'm sure it is with most people who finally decide it is time to sign those forms and serve the Lord.

Just before my 19th birthday, I was having serious doubts about leaving home for a mission. All my life I had taken it for granted that when the time came, I would go on a mission. However, as that time got closer, I had decided that I did not wish to serve in the mission field. I knew my parents would be very disappointed, but my mind was made up not to go.

My bishop understood my feelings and doubts, but he still encouraged me to reconsider. I had several interviews with the bishop and during all of these, he challenged me to read the scriptures and pray for guidance. After every interview I had the same thought, "Yeah, sure I'll read and pray!" I knew what the answer would be, so I never did!

One day while cleaning my room, I came across my triple combination. I started to flip through the pages and almost immediately turned to Section 42 of the Doctrine and Covenants. Verses 5 and 6 had been highlighted from a seminary lesson, and as I read them, it became quite evident what I needed to do.

Within a few weeks my signed missionary forms were on their way to Church headquarters in Salt Lake City, and shortly thereafter I was called to serve in the Iowa Des Moines Mission.

Now I know without a doubt that I have been called of God to come on this mission. God has sent me here to fulfill a specific purpose. I am grateful for these two powerful verses.