In case you have thought about serving a mission, these are some things I want you to know.
You look forward to Monday more than anything. Unless you have nothing planned. When you know your hours of possible fun time are ticking down and you have nothing to do, it stresses you out. Then you just end P-day annoyed.
Teaching a lot of lessons in a day feels great. We had a day with 8 lessons! It was pretty exciting.
The next day was completely awful, so that was rough.
Planning is really important. That is one of the things I want to continue using after my mission. It is great to look back and see every single thing we accomplished in a day or week. Even if no one let us in, at least we remembered to call all of the people we needed to call.
Even if you don't serve missions, I think these things are still important.
Sometimes it doesn't matter what you want. One morning I was thinking "I don't want to run today." Then something inside me said "You do things you don't want to do every single day." So I ran. When you know something is the right thing to do (I'm talking about more important things that running), don't convince yourself that you won't like it or it will be awkward or not worth it. You do the right thing because it is the right thing to do, not because it is enjoyable. It makes you feel better in the end anyway. Just jump into it.
I didn't know this until I came here, but there are still racist people in the world. Not just from Texas, but from lots of different places. Treat everyone like a person. It doesn't matter how they look or what they believe or anything.
General Conference is the best. Like, if everyone knew that Moses was going to be giving a talk, wouldn't they all want to listen. We have PROPHETS. That is pretty amazing.
There are lots of things that don't matter as much as you might think they do. We have some amazing conversations with people without knowing what is going on in the world, what movies are coming out, who is famous, what the new iPhone does, what is the newest funny video on Youtube. Family is really one of the most important things in the world. Family and faith and whatever inner force keeps us going through hard times.
I have talked to so many people who said they didn't get along with their mom during high school. Don't make that mistake. So far, she has been right about everything. You learn that even more the farther away you are, I think.
As someone says (I forgot who): "Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith." You don't have to question everything you have ever known and then start all over again to build a testimony. Keep the things that you know. Keep the things that make sense, the things you can't live without. It is okay to have questions, it is probably healthy even, but don't reject everything all at once just because you don't yet understand a little point.
I think that is about it for now. Those are just some things I was thinking about. I miss you guys. I hope that you have a great week and Easter and Conference and everything.