by Cheryl Merrick
As I began serving as a
Church Service Missionary*
in mid August 2011,
My life began to change.
I’ve been able to do more
both physically and emotionally.
I feel a new focus and sense of purpose
and an increased spiritual strength.
I’ve been able to go into the school
and help the children with creative writing.
My home is in better order than it’s ever been.
I’m managing details with an unaccustomed ease.
Ideas have come to simplify my life
and my husband is supporting me by performing
some of the daily routine details for me.
I’ve rearranged our home and am happier with
the more spacious, better lit, and brighter rooms.
I’m able to visit our grandchildren weekly,
call my mother and friends.
I’ve only kept the essential responsibilities
as the visiting teaching coordinator and
feel I’m supporting the sisters in our ward
better than I’ve been able to do before.
I was able to share my faith with the students at
BYU and have a Family Home Evening
group of thirty two come to our home.
I’m feeling closer than ever to Garrett.
Amazingly I have been able to handle
the details required in giving responses
to the questions from LDS.org.
I have felt peaceful.
Ideas have come.
I’ve just known where to find many answers
or what I should say.
I feel myself being magnified
and becoming more than I was before.
*for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints