Throw Back Thursday

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.

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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.

In Provo with my MTC companions, right before we flew to Greece. Can you tell we were excited?
In Provo with my MTC companions, right before we flew to Greece. Can you tell we were excited?
Some fellow sister missionaries and I on Mars Hill
Some fellow sister missionaries and me  on Mars Hill
My very first companion and I at Mount Olympus. We were able to go there once on a preparation day.
My very first companion and I at Mount Olympus. We were able to go there once on a preparation day.
This is what Athens looks like when you are standing on top of Mar's HIll
This is what Athens looks like when you are standing on top of Mar’s Hill.

Next, I’ll have to do a “Throwback Thursday” to Adam’s mission. He served in the Dominican Republic.