6 October 2010
Annika K. Bruno
2042 Thornhill Dr.
Summerville, SC 29485
Dear President Hansen,
I am happy to have received your letter, and am very excited to have the opportunity to serve in the Philippines Cebu Mission.
The gospel to me is who I am. It defines my thoughts and actions. Without the gospel I would be lost and would not know who I am or who I am to become. With the gospel there is no guessing I know my purpose in this life is to live in such a way to bring people unto Christ. By pondering and studying the Gospel it brings happiness to my life. I have grown up in the gospel but I have had a personal conversion, and cannot doubt that this Church is the only Church that is true.
When reading that I was to serve in the Philippines Cebu Mission I was very shocked, but also very excited. The Lord knows me well and I believe that it was divine guidance being sent to such a place as the Philippines. Moving many times in my life I have discovered that I am much happier in warmer climates and I believe it is a perfect fit for me. I believe serving in the Philippines will allow me to be blessed by the people I meet, and to shape me into a better me. I am ready and willing to serve in the Philippines Cebu Mission.
I know that the Church is true. I am ready to let go of myself to serve the Lord. I know my purpose is to bring others unto Christ and I am prepared to do so throughout my life and my mission. My father has taught me since I was a child that I should go on my mission and as I have gotten older I truly believe I need to serve my God in His purpose. God has blessed my life and giving up 18 months of my life does not even begin to repay the debt. I know that Jesus is my Savior. I love Him with all my heart. I believe that we have a living prophet on this earth Thomas S. Monson. I am thankful that the Lord has called me to serve in the Philippines Cebu Mission and I won't let him down by forgetting Him and becoming wrapped up in myself on my mission. I am fully giving my will over to the Lord to become an instrument in His hands.
Hope to see you soon.