Sunday, September 14, 2014

Adiós Mis Amigos

Warning: This post is a major departure from what I normally talk about.

I mentioned in my last blog post, that I’m jetting off to Spain to go live like a nomad with no technology. I suppose you deserve some sort of explanation as to why I’m leaving you:

Let me explain. I’m a Mormon. Or, in more accurate terms, I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Additionally, I decided I’ll be a missionary for my church starting in September.

You know those people who run around in conservative suits and dresses, black name tags, big smiles, and a navy blue book titled “The Book of Mormon”? The creators of South Park made a musical about us. For 18 months, I’m going to be one of those.

Some of you might think I’m crazy, and to tell you the truth, I don’t blame you. I feel like I’ve gone a little nuts myself. I never thought that I would do something like this, but I feel like God has called me personally to do this work. I’m scared to leave my life and family for 18 months, but I feel peace and happiness to know I’m doing what God has asked of me.

I’m half-way tempted to tell you about missionary clothing requirements and show you the skirts I’ve been making, but I want to take this post to tell you about something more important: My testimony of Jesus Christ.

Despite my skeptical nature, I know there is a God, and He loves us. I know that because of that deep, undying love, He has provided a savior for us. Because of Jesus Christ and His sacrifices, we will live again; we will be reunited with our families; we can repent of our sins. I know that our savior knows each of us personally and loves us. He has felt what we have felt, and, with faith, He can guide us through this life.

Thanks for reading. I’ll be back in 18 months. If you want to keep up with me on my mission, you can read my blog here.