Missions change lives in positive ways

Our oldest granddaughter, Taryn, a real "Debbie Dater," surprised us all by going on an mission for the LDS Church.

She was called to Thailand and is due to return in just a few days.It was not easy for her at first, half a world away and not being able to speak the language well.

I remember a few discouraged letters from her father, my son Michael, who left for his mission early because he spoke the language so well.

However, when he reached Honduras, he was bitterly frustrated because the people there spoke so fast and with an accent.

It was difficult, but eventually he began dreaming in Spanish and quickly became fluent. What a maturing experience a mission is for young people who, because of their age, are so naturally self-focused.

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