When I started this blog, I intended to talk more about my experiences as a Mormon missionary. As a missionary in Brazil, many people were surprised to find out that being a missionary was a temporary assignment and that I would return to be a layman in the Church and pursue other professional goals. They were also surprised to learn that Mormon missionaries don’t receive a salary but in fact pay their own way. These sacrifices, combined with long hours of mental and physical exertion make being a Mormon missionary a demanding job.
But on the other hand, there was never a time when my tasks were so focused and clear cut. I felt important and productive. I met so many good people, among both the Brazilians I taught and among the Brazilian and Americans that were my companions. I repeatedly felt the Holy Spirit affirm the truthfulness of what I was doing and teaching and learning.
Being a Mormon missionary wasn’t easy, but I’m so thankful for what it did for me. President Gordon B. Hinckley said that missions are a tithing on the first 20 years of your life — not easy, but after doing it God opens the windows of heaven.