I get asked all the time "Why did you choose to go on a mission? How did you make that decision?" Because missions are optional for sisters I wanted to make sure I was going for the right reasons. I had been thinking about serving for months before finally, prayerfully, deciding that it was something I needed to do, and something my Heavenly Father wanted for me.
I am going because I know that families are forever. I have been taught from a young age that death doesn't mark the end of life, that life continues for eternity, and that families are essential to those eternities. Others in this world have not been taught, or do not understand, the role of the family. They don't know that they will see their loved ones again. I am going to a place I have never been, speaking a language I don't know, to people I have never met while on this earth in order to bring them the awesome knowledge that families last forever! The love I feel for these people already is almost unbelievable.
I know that I don't have to carry the weight of my sins. I am healed through Christ's Atonement and through Him I am saved. I can lay my burdens down and I know that he will be there to help me carry them and even relieve me of them. I know that Christ loves me and knows me in ways that I can't comprehend, but have seen glimpses of them.
I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that through him the fullness of the gospel was restored to the earth. I understand that he was not a perfect person, but neither am I. If I can receive answers to my prayers that are so powerful I am shaken to my core, there is no reason that God the Father and Jesus Christ couldn't have appeared to Joseph Smith. I know that he was called of God to organize his church for this last dispensation. I know these things for myself, and nobody can tell me otherwise.
I love this church and I love the joy it brings me! I am going to serve the people of Sweden because I want to see their lives change the way mine has. I want them to feel the joy I feel everyday because I know that there is always something to hope for no matter how awful things get. I want to help people to find their way onto the straight and narrow, help them live uprightly, and find their way back to their Heavenly Father.
Of theses things I testify in the sacred name of Jesus Christ. Amen.