Mission papers are in
Interviewed with the bishop on Sunday and the stake president on Thursday. Three words: It's on, baby! I may be in the MTC as early as mid-June.
I'll let you all know when I find out where I'm going. I indicated a strong preference for learning a new language, in part because I've had facility with that sort of thing in the past and I feel like I ought to put that talent at the Church's disposal, and in part as a sort of cop-out: mastering a new language would be an attainable secondary goal, giving me something to focus on besides the much more difficult primary goal of convincing others that there is truth in what I'll be preaching.
I must admit that the idea of spending two years preaching the gospel, and thus exposing myself to the elements, the scorn of others, and possibly worse, has gotten me a bit nervous. At the same time, however, there have been very strong and clear signs that this is what the Lord would like me to do, and that He will sustain me in this calling. I also know that if I put forth enough effort, the experience will likely be a "refiner's fire" that will help me grow personally and spiritually.
Anyway, I have a few questions for all of you who have served missions. If you could go back to the time just before your missions, how would you prepare yourselves? What would you study - scripturally or otherwise? What activities would you engage in? What would you pray for? Any other general advice?
All comments will be appreciated!