I just first want to start off by saying, "This is the most fulfilling work I've ever done in my life!" The e-mails I receive, the feedback from everyone - it's everything I've ever desired. To inspire and encourage others to trust in faith that tomorrow will be better than today.
One of my many dreams is to have a positive impact on friends, family, youth - basically everyone I come in contact with. Knowing I am not always perfect, I apologize to people I have offended in my past - and I hope you find forgiveness towards me. This past Thursday, I was asked by our Ward Mission Leader to write a short 5-minute talk to prepare for the youth (på Norske) about how going on splits really influenced myself before coming on a mission. I had to think back to when I was 16-years old. Every Sunday, for about 2-months, I went out with a companionship: Elder S and Elder W, in downtown Rockford, IL. We contacted people on the streets, knocked on doors, and taught lessons. We spent the whole day meeting people with so many different backgrounds and I loved every person we spoke with, because I was able to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them. Regardless of their background or the trials they were going through, little by little the Spirit of Christ was working in me to see past what they were going through and to understand the potential that they had. Every one of us has unlimited potential. I fast forward this story to about a year ago. I was visiting my sister and brother-in-law in Las Vegas for Spring Break. A few months prior, I had gotten back in contact with Elder T S., who then was living in Henderson, NV. We spent several hours that night walking around the neighborhoods, discussing life, the Gospel, and our experiences we had when he served in Rockford for his time. He then encouraged me to serve my own mission. It was a blessing to me to be able to go on splits, so I encouraged the youth to come out with us so that they too could experience similar blessings.