Deciding to serve a full time mission has always been a desire of mine. However, timing never felt 100% completely right. The summer after I received my Bachelor’s degree, I went on a solo soul searching backpacking trip through Central America. Crazy? Probably. At least my mom and most of my friends think so. Six months prior to my solo backpacking trip through Central America, Puerto Rico, southeastern states and west coast, I experienced the most tragic and painful trial I have ever gone through! I felt depths of pain I didn’t even know existed. I felt a very literal piece of me had been taken from me as well as a future that was no longer available. For some odd reason, I never experienced anger toward God, but I did experience a desire to understand why things happened the way they did and what it was the Lord wanted me to learn.
It was during this time that my relationship with my loving Heavenly Father and Savior was at its strongest. I’ve been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints my entire life but it wasn’t until after this trial that I was truly converted to the gospel. I knew I was not alone in my grieving and that my Heavenly Father and Savior were aware of the pain I endured. Jesus Christ is not only our Savior because he saves us from our weaknesses and sins but also because he saves us from our anxieties, troubles and seemingly hopeless moments.
Scientists once informed us that if we could position ourselves right in the center (the eye) of a hurricane, with fierce turbulence all around us, we could sit quietly reading the day’s newspaper because it is perfectly calm at the center. Same analogy can be applied to us. The world is getting worse and I’m curious to see how much worse it will be when I get home from my mission in eighteen months. However, I know that if we keep the Savior at the center of our lives and turn to him when we experience uncertainty, pain, grief, or even challenges the world presents to us, we can feel perfect serenity, his kind of peace, immediately around us.
I decided to serve a mission because I learned how crucial it is to have the Savior in the center of our lives. Through my trials and experiences, I have felt the Savior’s love and unfailing arms around me. Sometimes the greatest trials are those that seem the most unfair, but I hope to convey to the people I serve while on my mission that there is One who understands with perfect empathy. Through the Atonement, all of life’s contradictions, all injustices and all unfair circumstances will be made up to us; they will all be put right-if we remain faithful to the Savior. THERE IS AN ETERNAL PURPOSE TO EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IN THIS LIFE.
The most reoccurring advice I’ve been given pre-mission is to LOVE THE PEOPLE. I can agree that it is the relationships we develop in this life that matter most. Our assignment in this life is not to see how much we can accomplish but to see how much of an impact we have in the lives of others.
I encourage each of you to reach out and develop your personal and sacred relationship with your Heavenly Father and Savior as well as love the people in your life and find ways to let them know you care.
I look forward to serving the people of the Philippines and I will see you all in a quick 18 months!
Sister Taylor Moyes
“Believe in God, believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth, believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend” (Mosiah 4:9)