This was a long time ago! In 2003 and 2004, I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I served in Athens, Greece. It was an amazing experience; something that I’ll never regret and still think about often.
Sometimes when I tell people that my mission was in Greece, they make comments or imply that it must have been more of a vacation than a church assignment. But actually, no matter what part of the world a missionary serves in, their schedule and expectations are very similar. I was doing the same types of things in Athens as another missionary serving in Norway, Africa, or Kentucky would be doing. It was just a lucky coincidence that when I walked from one appointment, service project or church meeting to another, I had a view like this.
On my mission, I learned so much about myself and about my relationship with God and Jesus Christ. I learned how to work hard. I learned how important it is to think of others before myself. I learned to communicate with others and how to resolve disagreements without being disagreeable. I got to learn a new language and all about a new culture. I I made friends that I will have for life. I’m so grateful for the way my mission shaped me and helped me become a better person.
Next, I’ll have to do a “Throwback Thursday” to Adam’s mission. He served in the Dominican Republic.