This board has been hanging in my kitchen across from my kitchen table for the past 3 years. The first year and a half was when Lisa was serving her mission in Salta, Argentina. The last year and a half was when Kristine was serving her mission in Portland, Oregon. Kristine returned home from Oregon at the end of last month. The other day I added the bottom picture of Sam, and his mission map and flag. He'll be leaving soon to serve his mission to Rancagua, Chile.
I am happy that my children have chosen to serve a mission. Mormon.org explains my feelings on the subject of missionary service:
The Savior taught His disciples, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations” (Matthew 28:19). As followers of Jesus Christ, members of His Church are enthusiastic about proclaiming the good news of His restored gospel to all who are willing to listen.
You may have seen missionaries riding on bicycles or walking door to door, sharing their message. They are doing everything they can to seek out people who may be interested in learning more about Jesus Christ and God’s plan for their happiness. They serve in pairs, for “in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established” (Matthew 18:16). Missionaries volunteer full-time service for a period of eighteen months to two years.
When I tell my friends about my children's missionary service, they are curious about how their mission assignments are made. You can read about how their assignments are made in another magpad blog post found by clicking here.