Note: The tone of this post is meant to be informative, not sarcastic or ill-mannered.
I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. On October 14, 2015, I opened a letter that told me where I would be serving my full-time mission for 18 months. And it just so happens to be within the United States.
Yes, there are starving people in China. But the man in front of you at the checkout has an addiction he's been praying for help with.
Yes, there are people without homes in Mexico. But your neighbor recently lost her mother and she has lost all hope and sunken into depression.
Yes, Ethipoia is in need of clean water. But your son's best friend's father left and now the mother is struggling to pay the mortgage.
>>Enter Mormon Missionaries.
Everyone that breathes is aware that there are people outside of America that are in desperate need of help. And how lucky they are to have so many wonderful people give up a week, a month, and even years of their lives and dedicate it to helping better the lives of the less fortunate. Heavenly Father is aware of those people. He also knows all the things we don't.
I don't know what the reason was for being called to serve in Florida. But I DO know that the person who called me there, my loving Father in Heaven, knows why. And I know that He needs me there.
I once dated a guy who had served a full-time mission. He wanted to create a meme to post on the BYU Memes Facebook page. And I didn't fully understand it until now:
First of all, I had never seen this movie (and if you're like me and still haven't seen it, just watch this clip), and I, like many, had the mentality that missionaries were just there to teach the restored gospel. But they do SO much more.
They instill hope.
And everyone needs that in their life.
When I had my interview with my Bishop prior to submitting my mission papers, he asked me if there was anywhere I did not want to go. I responded without hesitation that there wasn't. I knew, and still know, that Heavenly Father already knew where I would best be needed, and that gave me peace in knowing that my mission would be the best mission ever.
To learn more about Mormon Missionary work, click here.