One of my very best friends is going on a mission, on Wednesday in fact. I was one of her youth leaders about 6 years ago and now she’s all done growing up and ready to face the big scary world. 🙂 She will spend 3 weeks at the missionary training center in Provo, UT and then will be shipped to Guatamala.
5. Mormon Missionaries lives strict rules. They have a white handbook that pretty much tells them everything they can, and can not do. They can’t hold babies/kids. They can’t be on the internet, they can’t watch TV, they can’t listen to most popular music (exceptions for classical and some church music).
6. Missionaries are all about service. Each week they have to give some hours to service. They’re good hard workers. We had ours help put in a sprinkler system, but they also find ways to help out in the community, ours recently helped a lot with the local “Mormon Helping Hands” day.
So, why on earth would you do it? I can testify that going on a mission changes you. Boys leave, men come home. They are working hard, they are dedicated to the service of their God and they are helping others. They come home with amazing skills, a new language (which is part of why the Salt Lake City Olympics were so successful), an ability to communicate better, and an ability to be on their own.
So, next time you see them riding their bikes, or walking by — give them a smile. They’re working hard to bring people happiness, and their moms will thank you!
** I will add, that I didn’t go on a mission. I was considering it when I had very strong feelings that I should get married instead. I don’t look forward to the time my boys serve a mission (when they are 19) but I know it’s a refining fire that will help them (even if it makes me miserable to think about).