I decided to serve a mission when I had the opportunity to be a witness at my friend Ben’s baptism, a convert to the Church, in March 2020. I was able to be involved with his progress and in his early steps as a new member.
I submitted my mission papers when I turned 19, but due to complications I waited for over a year before receiving my call and beginning my service mission—on Monday 3rd May 2021. I am the first service missionary in the Poole Stake. When I was called, I had mixed emotions, feeling excited but also quite nervous.
I volunteer at three assignments throughout my week. The first is a multi-faith project called Unity in Vision (food deliveries), the second is Hope for Food warehouse, and lastly a hedgehog rescue centre. I am very excited to continue with my mission and grow in confidence. I know that “when you are in the service of your fellow beings, you are only in the service of your God.” This brings me closer to my Saviour and makes me a good example to those around me whom I serve.
I am so grateful for the amazing opportunity to serve others and for being a member of the Church. The main things I have enjoyed about my mission is seeing the gratitude of people and interacting with new people. My favourite assignment so far has been working with the hedgehogs—working with animals is something that I would love to do in the future as a zookeeper.
I have become more confident and trust in the Lord’s timing. I have seen a big difference in myself already in just a few weeks. I have done this by becoming more independent, saying yes to trying out new things, and not being too shy.
I am really looking forward to meeting the other service missionaries in person to gain new friendships and learn how to interact without hesitating too much. I also look forward to future service opportunities. I have also enjoyed having companionship study twice a week and knowing Sister Little better; and grow in spiritual knowledge, learn how to have faith, and have the companionship of the Holy Ghost to lead and guide us. I have also enjoyed having group companionship study on Thursday afternoons with the other sister service missionaries. I have learnt so much from them and from their testimonies. I am grateful for how welcoming everyone has been towards me.