Missionary Mondays

By Jared Graves, a recently returned missionary from the Quantico Ward 
Elder Graves Canada Vancouver Mission
Serving my mission in the Canada Vancouver Mission was an amazing experience. My mission helped me so much and it was a privilege to be able to help others as well. I learned that sacrifice is necessary for blessings to come to others and to ourselves.
Patience and planning are important life-style aspects. Serving a mission can be hard, but in the end, it’s always worth it. I know the Book of Mormon is true, and that missionary work is the best way to help others receive blessings from our Heavenly Father.
My mission was very diverse. There were many people from China, India, and other countries in the Southeast Asia region. The people for the large part did not have Christian backgrounds. This made sparking an interest in them difficult. If we were able to setup a return appointment, we usually had to teach from the very basics. We usually started with topics as basic as the identity of God. However, these people can often be the most prepared, because once they experience the gospel, they realize what they have been missing from their lives.

Elder Graves' last day
The last day of my mission after attending the temple
Mount Baker, Washington, USA
Looking across the border at Mount Baker in Washington.   It was visible for much of my mission (on the clear days).

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