I am so excited to share some news. My daughter McKay is going on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Mckay has turned in her papers into the church and will know next week where she will be assigned to serve her mission. In our religion when a young man is 18 or graduated from high school or a young woman is 19 years old they have the opportunity to serve a mission for our church. It is a choice that each worthy individual person makes and McKay has decided that she wants to serve the Lord.
The men serve for 24 months and women serve for 18 months. They leave their homes and are called to serve somewhere in the world where the Lord needs them. It is often referred to as "the Best Two Years" by those who have served. They devote all of their time, talents and efforts to serving the Lord and helping others come to know of Him.
We have no idea where she will go. It has been fun to try to guess... Seth is going March 20th to serve a mission in Mexico.
This really means alot to me personally. I did not grow up as a member of The Latter-Day Saint Church. My senior year of high school I started taking lessons from the missionaires and knew that I had found "my home." I always believed that there was life after death. I learned that families are forever and I wanted this so much. I wanted to raise my "future" family knowing Heavenly Father and living a life that was focused on having Jesus Christ as the center of our faith. This especially has comforted me when both my parents died and I KNEW I would be with them again.
This video is worth watching. I believe in it's message. Warning- you might cry. I do everytime I watch it.
This is what matters most to me- FAMILY...
We are truly thankful for each other and thankful that we have each other. I know this is going to be life changing experience for her.
She will finish her studies at Brigham Young University when she get's home from her mission. I know she will really miss her best friends.
We talk every day and she is a mama's girl. I will be writing and supporting her. She will be 19 years old in May. Right after we go to New Zealand together she will be able to go on her mission.
I feel like a very blessed mother. I am so happy she made this decision. I am so thankful that she wants to do this... that she wants to serve others. I am going to miss her (yes, I cry all the time thinking about how much I will miss her). If you would like to know more you can go here: www.mormon.org, www.mormonchannel.org or www.lds.org