Preparing to Serve a Mission without “Shrinking”: Thoughts on Last Night’s CES Broadcast by Elder Bednar

Last night, the young adults were lucky enough to be addressed by Elder David A. Bednar, apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife, in a CES Broadcast. (For those of you who may have missed the broadcast, you can find it here)

Elder Bednar addressing the YSA at a devotional held at University of Texas Arlington

Elder Bednar addressing the YSA at a devotional held at University of Texas Arlington

His address, entitled “That we Might not… Shrink” pulls from Doctrine & Covenants 19:18, which reads:

Which suffering [the atonement] caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—

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Since many people find the waiting period to be the most frustrating part of preparing to serve a mission, and this is an experience common to all who choose to serve—regardless of where he or she is sent—I think it is a fitting subject for our first preparation post.

Not knowing where a missionary will be sent, when they will leave, or what language they will be speaking is enough to make anyone nervous. The inability to visualize and conceptualize the next eighteen months of our lives makes even the most patient people anxious. For the next eighteen months, we could literally be serving just about anywhere. Talk about ambiguity! (Speaking from personal experience, I just submitted my papers on Wednesday, January 23rd so I’m in the Waiting Club as well).

That being said, this is an incredible time. For the next three weeks, with papers finished and no call assigned, relish in knowing that you could be sent anywhere (anywhere!). For three weeks, the entire world is at our fingertips with limitless potential and unimaginable possibilities for us to discover. Once the call comes, all those other endless possibilities will come to a close. There will only be one place we are called to serve. Now, those three weeks don’t seem so bad, do they?

Ever onward,