A Mission of Memories


One of the nice things about working from home is you can spend time on your personal projects while still working. This week I started scanning pages from the journal that I kept while serving as a Mormon missionary in San Francisco, CA. I’m only 200 pages into the 800 page behemoth of a book but it has been an enjoyable process.

As I go thru the pages of the book, I have so many memories. Not only do I think about the people, the places and the work, but I also remember my thoughts, my goals and what I didn’t know in the early days of service.

It’s impossible to accurately describe what a mission is like for someone. The highs are so high and the lows are hard and trying. I know of nothing else like it and I wish everyone could experience it.

A mission never leaves you. While scanning and reading, I’ve had my memory refreshed on daily activities, but without those details I still think of my mission everyday. I still regularly have dreams where I’m still in the mission field. It’s wonderful.

And now back to the scanning…


  1. Would this be a good idea for me to do with my “kid’s journal” in case any of you would want it someday?

  2. I think it is really cool that you had an amazing experience on your mission. I hope that Chad and I get to go one together some day. I love reading all of your posts!

  3. Cindy, that’s nice of you to say. Thanks.

    And I agree with you. I can’t wait to continue the mission tradition in my home. I’ll be very proud sending Cole off. Also, I’ll really enjoy serving a second mission with Candace at my side.

  4. Shut it. It is an experience I will always be jealous of and admire. (Except every once in a while when Josh tells me about some of his wack experiences.)

  5. You are so good at journal writing. I love that you wrote everyday on your mission. It will be great for COle to read when he is old enough.

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