How Has Your Mission Influenced Your Life?

Roughly a year ago, President Thomas S. Monson announced a lower age requirement for LDS missionaries. This was a ground-breaking announcement and since, the number of people wanting to serve missions has increased tremendously.

He Already Has!

This post is by Melissa Degn Smith.

What is the number one reason why I have “so many” children?

Because I grew up in a large family? I did, and it rocked! But that's not the reason.
Because I've always wanted a cool 15 passenger van bought from a local Moravian church off of
Craigslist with cash? Hardly. (Admit it, you're jealous of the van, I know)
Because I just LOVE being pregnant? Uh, that would be a big fat no. (pun intended)
Because planning vacations in “group-pricing” is easier? More like, more expensive
Because playing hide-n-seek is my favorite thing ever? Actually I get my greatest secret-treat-snacking-without-having-to-share during those games, but I digress.
Because I like to provide my neighbors, everyone at church, Walmart and the post office (least favorite place ever) with free entertainment? The answer is STILL no, however it's slowly moving up my list.
Because what early 20s year old wouldn't LOVE to change diapers for others for 10 years straight? Need I even ANSWER that?!?!

Hi, my name is Melissa. I have 7 children ages 10 years old to 10 months old and I'm 32 years old.

A Five Minute Service Project

Another excellent post by Ben Jenkins.

I love serving the Lord. I get so much more out of it than I put in. I have been so blessed in so many ways. As a result I often feel compelled to serve more and more. In my daily prayers I ask Heavenly Father to bless me with opportunities to serve. I ask him to make me aware of the needs of others and to give me the courage to serve them.

The problem that I often run into in my desire is that I lead a busy life. I am a husband, a father of two young children, a PhD student, a university instructor, an apartment manager, a professional consultant, a haberdasher, a stake executive clerk, a stake technology specialist, a member missionary, and whatever else people want or need me to be. Yet I want to do more.