Date

October 7, 2014

Area

Sixth Area Bathgate, Scotland

Companion

Sister Womack

Shelbys response to the wards Questions about her mission

To be honest the decision to come on a mission was a really hard decision for me. I was extremely afraid. I didn't feel like I knew the gospel enough. I didn't think I would be able to go anywhere in the world. I didn't really know what to expect. And it was just a really big fear for me. I always told myself I was never going to go on a mission but deep inside I knew it is what the Lord wanted me to do. Even when the age change was announced I was pushing it and wasn't planning on going. I rememeber having it in the back of my mind and I went to a YSA fireside in Mesa that Elder Cook (from the quorrum of the 12) came and spoke. I remember slipping in the back of that chapel a little late and the speaker before him ending his talk with " We are all so blessed to hear from an apostle of the Lord tonight. I promise you as you intently listen to what he has to say and to what the Spirit has to say to you tonight a question of yours will be answered." I being real immature had the mindset of "okay...bring it on." That night the Lord answered every single one of my questions and concerns and I just knew I needed to serve a mission. Not one doubt. I went home that night and started my mission papers. I came on a mission because I knew it is exactly where the Lord wanted me to be regardless of how hard it was going to be or how scary or how much it was going to cost or all the exscuses I could come up with. The Lord wanted me here and so I did it. There is no better feeling than knowing you are exactly where the Lord wants you to be. I have such a testimony of that and that the Lord knows best, so listen to Him. One of the biggest things I have learned on my mission is to love. To love God, all of his children and myself. I have been able to feel his love for so many of His children here in Scotland and Ireland and there is no feeling like it. It is unexpainable. The purest love. When we love God we are obedient and obedience is so important. Through our obedience we come close to Him and can help carry out his work which is truly what makes us and everyone around us happy. My mission has changed me. It has helped me in more ways than I could physically explain. I have a testimony of missionary work and of this gospel. I know this is Christ's church. I know that it was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that Christ lives and that our Heavenly Father loves us. There is power in prayer and the scriptures. The best thing you could do to prepare to come on a mission is really learn to pray and study the scriptures. Missions are truly the best! I will forever thank Heavenly Father for the wonderful opportunity He gave me to come on a mission.




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