I’m Sister McGreevy, a 22-year-old university graduate with years of French classes under my belt, and I’m about to embark for Japan for a year and a half-long Japanese-speaking LDS mission. I have no experience with Japanese and have never been to Asia before. To say I was shocked by my call is a bit of an understatement.
- Learn about and love the Japanese culture & language
- Get to know the people there by serving them, following in Christ’s footsteps
- Teach the gospel to those who want to hear it
- Learn about myself and my own faith while helping others through trials and doubts
- Live with an assigned companion 24/7 and learn patience and love from her
- Don’t mess up too badly
- Learn to lean on the Lord in hard times
- Come back a better person
Am I overwhelmed? Yes. Am I naïve about this? Maybe, although I do know that it’s going to be the most difficult thing I’ve ever faced.
Why am I doing this? A few reasons.
My LDS mission will make me a better mother, a better citizen, a better me.
Also, “As I have loved thee, love one another.” Christ gave the ultimate sacrifice to bring people hope and faith, and I want to follow him by sacrificing just one year and some change from my life to completely focusing on others’ spiritual journeys.
Maybe no one will want to hear my message, in which case I will attempt to support and serve them, like Christ would have done. Maybe they will want to know where I have found my happiness, in which case I will do my best to share my faith freely and lovingly. I guess we’ll see, won’t we?