It wouldn't be a mission if I didn't attach this song to it ;)
I served in the Great White North from 2007 - 2009.
It certainly wasn't an easy time but to me, those times have been some of the happiest times of my life. I felt like I could for once put my sexual identity behind me and serve the Lord with all my heart, might, mind and strength.
I had all sorts of companions;
-weird, diligent, amazing, annoying, socially awkward, faithful, funny, etc etc... you catch my drift! I love them all (by the end of it)
It was such an amazing opportunity to put things behind you and just focus on sharing the Gospel. Although some of my views may have changed a little bit, I still don't regret serving a mission and am grateful for everything the mission taught me. I don't think I would be the person I am today if I didn't serve a mission. I met some of the most amazing people and even though we haven't kept in touch as much as I would've liked, some have changed my life so much.
I've forgotten a lot of my mission... it has been about 5 years ago! WOAH!
Sitting here writing this blog I've tried to think of some memories and some of it is coming back... I think going through my mission journals is due!
As wonderful and amazing as my mission was, like all good things, they have to come to an end.
I really wanted to move to Utah after my mission and study at BYU - sometimes I wonder if my life would be any different now if I had chosen that path. I didn't though. I went back to University in Australia and continued my degree.