However, to those of you who have made a similar decision, I encourage you to stay strong. Satan will continue to use the fact that you did not serve a mission to bring you down and suppress your potential. Do not let him win! He wants nothing more than for you to feel isolated and eventually fade away from the Church of Christ.
Sometimes it may seem extremely hard to move forward within the Church, but expand an unflinching testimony of Christ and the cloud will lift. If you grasp the truth and stay faithful, you will gradually find your place within the Church and become a good husband, father, and leader to your family.