Should I serve a Mission?

I have a daughter.  Sometimes she says she wants to serve a mission, sometimes she says she doesn’t want to serve a mission.  Sometimes I want her to serve a mission and sometimes I don’t.  Sometimes I don’t care either way.  I really liked the bullet points in the new era article to Young Women on making the choice whether or not to serve a mission.

In answers to thought and prayer on whether to serve, here are some possible responses:

  • Yes, you want to serve, and now you’re called to the work (see D&C 4:3).
  • Yes, even though you never thought you’d serve a full-time mission, it feels like it’s Heavenly Father’s plan for you at this time in your life.
  • Yes, it will be right to serve in the near future, so prepare diligently, but wait a little longer for the right timing.
  • No, it’s not right at this time, but it may be in a few years.
  • No, Heavenly Father has a different plan for you, even if serving a full-time mission is something you’d like to do.
  • No, you don’t want to serve a full-time mission, and you don’t need to.
  • No response at all—perhaps this is one of those times when Heavenly Father is leaving the decision up to you because He trusts your choice.

The sister missionaries from our ward came over last night for dinner.  It reminded me of when I was on my mission and how much I enjoyed having sister missionaries in my district.  They brought a maturity and grace that we learned from.  So, to my daughter I won’t give any advice other than make sure you are ready and completely certain that you should go.

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