Well, I'm off to the airport to fly to the Guatemala MTC in a couple hours. I have so many emotions right now I am not quite sure what to do with them all. The past 10 days I spent camping in Kolob, Utah. It really helped keep my mind off leaving so soon and allowed me to spend time with close friends and my family. Sunday, I gave my farewell talk. I can't exactly remember what I said I just remember that it was about the roller coaster of a ride it was for me to decide to serve a mission. I cried the whole time. It was one of the hardest decisions of my life but I know that I will not regret going on a mission. I'm grateful for all the friends and family that helped me when I was at my low points and struggling with the decision. They always helped remind me that faith was the antidote for fear and to never never give up. D&C 6:36 says "Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not." I know that the next 18 months will not be easy but will completely worth it as I focus my entire life on serving Christ.
This morning I was able to go on one more bike ride with my dad and Lucky (my trusty stead). I would call it the Triple Threat Ride. Wet brakes, steep down hills, and sharp turns. Every turn I thought I would for sure have my bike slide out from under me but luckily that did not happen. We took the same bike route that I had first road on when I started training and the same one where I had the prompting to serve a mission the summer of my junior year. Many times on bike rides and on runs I was able to receive answers to prayers while listening to conference talks. I am grateful for modern day prophets and for the revelations they receive. It provides a comfort to me that Heavenly Father still has counsel for us today.
Challenge #1: Try to read one conference a week and see how you can apply it to your life.
"Whatever God requires is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason thereof until long after the events transpire." ~ Joseph Smith