Saturday, April 20, 2013

I'm going.

Well guys, I have an announcement.

I have decided to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Here's how it happened:

After about 5 months {since the announcement in General Conference} of praying about whether or not a mission was right for me and teeter-tottering back and forth between "YES I'm going" and "Ehhhh better not.." I had decided that it wasn't for me and that I didn't want to go. At about this time there were some things happening in my family that made me want to stay; so I could be there for them.  I was totally at peace with this answer {or so I thought}. About a week later, I went to a school sponsored event at the Provo Beach Resort with some friends and afterwards, I drove with my friend home. I was kind of vaguely venting to him about what had been going on in my life at that time as well as some things I've been through in the past. Mid sentence he said, "Saige, have you thought about going on a mission? I think you need to go." My immediate response was something like this, "YES.. I KNOW." I was a little shocked at what I had just blurted out of my mouth. I didn't know.. did I? I already made the decision... I wasn't going. But I think deep down I knew that I really was. I knew that going on a mission was really the best thing for me.. and my family. And that is exactly what my friend said next. He said that being on a mission will be the best thing for my family, my little brother especially. I get to be a positive influence in everyone's lives. Blessings come to the families of those that serve. The Spirit testified to me that what my friend was saying was true and that the Lord needed me for his army. Just like Peter, He knows that I love Him. I need to feed His sheep, feed His lambs.

Later that night, I got down on my knees and prayed to know if it really was for me. I wanted to make sure that it wasn't just a feeling I was creating for myself but something He really did want me to do. It is thy will, not mine be done and I just needed to know what His will is for me. I opened the scriptures, just hoping and praying that something would stick out to me. I opened to D&C 126:3. This scripture changed the course of my entire life. It reads, "I therefore command you to send my word abroad, and take especial care of your family from this time, henceforth and forever. Amen." My prayer was answered. I knew. I knew that I need to go.

The next day I went to one of my very best friend's little brothers baptism. When I was there I was overcome with the knowledge that that exact thing was what I needed to be doing. What I had read and prayed about the night before was reaffirmed as this little, innocent 8 year old boy bore his testimony about the truthfulness of the gospel. I knew then that I need to send His word abroad, so that others can feel His love and gain the true happiness that the gospel can and does bring.

My papers are almost finished and they will be submitted in one week!! I am so excited to see where the Lord will send me. I know that where ever it my be, that that is where I am supposed to go and where I can best give the truthfulness of the gospel.

So guys... Start guessing!!


  1. YAY!! We are so happy for you. You are a wonderful person, and you will do so well.

  2. That is so awesome! I found this from the "many are called but few are sisters" sight and absolutely loved it! I don't know you personally, but I am sure you will be an incredible missionary and bless many lives. :)
    Feel to stop by my blog, Different is Beautiful anytime!

  3. We are so proud of you Saige...doing the right things is great...but doing the right things for the right reasons is awesome. We know you love your family and this is no easy choice...but we echo what you already know...God will bless and be with them in your absence...your sacrifice will bring blessings to them and to you and to so many you have yet to meet...GOD SPEED!!!!

  4. Saigey I love you more than I can ever say and I think that this is an incredibly inspired blessing. I love that my best friends are serving the Lord and I hope to soon join you. You mean so much to me and have been such a great friend to me. I love you from the bottom of my feet to the top of my head (that's all I can) and I am so proud of you!

  5. Isnt it amazing how the Lord speaks to us through the scriptures? I was so touched and I felt your confirmation to go when I saw that scripture. It was completely for you at that time. I am so excited for you!! I'm turning in my papers in a little over a week and it's such a wonderful time! Way to be. Thanks for sharing :)