Thursday, October 14, 2010

Reasons for Serving A Mission: Letter to Mission President

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. 


Annika Bruno

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