Upon receiving my mission call I didn't know what to expect. I remember anxiously holding that white envelope pondering where in the world I would be preaching the gospel for 18 months.

Growing up I had always said "NO!" to a mission or even the thought of a mission. I was young and naive and thought I would be married by 21. However, the rules of the game changed when the missionary ages were lowered. Still being an arrogant girl I thought "There is no way I am serving a mission".

As the end of my senior year of high school came to a close all of my guy friends were packing up and were leaving all over the world. As time went by and I was hearing all about their mission experiences I thought to myself "Man I wish I was having those experiences, but that's insane!". My parents, being the lovely souls they are, pushed me to get my patriarchal blessing. Which of course made me not want to get it even more.

Time went by and as I was going to college the thought of a mission was almost overwhelming. But, I was still resistant, so I decided to get my patriarchal blessing at last. I went in with the question of whether or not I should serve. To my surprise I got a huge HERE IS YOUR ANSWER MORGAN! In my blessing it says, "You will assist in building the Lord's kingdom and gathering Israel. You will be called upon to share your testimony of truth with others, and you will bring the word of God into their lives." WOW! That was pretty straight foreword, but yet again I failed to listen to my answer.

I told myself I would listen to October's General Conference which was coming up in a couple weeks and I would make a decision. Not halfway into the Sunday morning session they discussed patriarchal blessings and how we should follow their counsel. There was the Lord yet again saying, "MORGAN! LISTEN TO ME!" Needless to say I started my papers a couple days later which brings me to today.

I was overwhelmed when I read the words New York New York South Mission. A feeling of love and joy overcame me and I knew I was on the right path. I am forever grateful for this gospel; and I am glad that I come from this church, Christ's church. I honestly believe that this is a church of converts, we are all converts. We have had to endure the long struggle of finding the truth for ourselves, and in all honesty I could have not done it without my friends, family, church leaders, loved ones, and most importantly God's love for each of us.

Now I can tell you all the things I believe but you have to find it in yourself if it is true or not. This church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is the one and only true church of this Earth today. I am so grateful for a young 14 year old boy who had an open heart who was brave enough to kneel down and ask. I am thankful for our Heavenly Fathers plan for us and his eternal love for each of us. I am thankful for the atonement and all Christ had to do for us. I am grateful for eternal families and that I get to spend the rest of eternity with my goofball of a family. Most of all I am grateful for this gospel, without it I have no idea where I would be and frankly I don't want to know. I am perfectly happy where I am and I am proud to call myself a member of this church. I pray that you will all come and seek the truth that is in this church.

"Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." Matthew 7:7

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