When the world says, "Give up," Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."

The Old Friends came and visit. 

My Branch Missionaries. 

The Family. 

The Primaries. 

The YoungMen. 

The Relief Society. 

The Elder's Quorom. 

I was assigned to talk something about missionary so this is what I talked on that Sunday. It was a last minute preparation. As usual, my laziness never cease to strike till the last minute. 

Take some time to read and ponder about it if you would. If you disagree, the choice is yours. Remember, this is a free country, I do not force you to think like I do. 

August 26, 2012

Good morning brothers and sisters, 

I am actually asked to talk about missionary so I think maybe I have a little experience to share? But before that, can I see hands down for those who wants to go on mission? Wao! Basically everyone wants to go on mission. HaHaHa. Ok serious one. My message today is for those who wants to go on mission. If you have ever wonder should you go on a mission. For guys, you have to but for girls you can choose not to. But to be more certain, you can actually get your patriarchal blessings and it will tell you whether you will go on a mission or not. So my patriarchal blessing says that I am going to be a full time missionaries which means I am going to be a missionary. Alright future missionaries, the things I am gonna start is probably the things you might face in your future. 

So basically you need to start saving to go on mission, which mean you need a part time job. When I say part time job, it means that you work on your holidays and go back to school when your school starts. If you don't have a part time job, you don't have money, and if you don't have the money, your parents will have to pay for it which would be good for some and bad for some. 

And then you need to learn how to find good excuses when your friends discourage you from going on mission. This is what happen to me, they said you would waste your 2 whole years doing nothing. So I show them the math, I said, let's do some math. You go to college to do your foundation for 2 years, I would be gone for 2 years for missionary. Then you do your degree for another 2/3 years. I would be studying in BYU with degree. When we come out, trust me, the company will hire me more than you cox I got the skill and the knowledge while you only have knowledge. A little reminder, only say this to your close friends cox not most of the people can take it if you hurt them this way. 

And you have to understand that as you graduate from high school, you need to think differently from your friends, you have to create your own mindset, don't follow other people. When you graduate from high school, thats a very critical moment in your life. You will either go astray or you will be on the right track. On Facebook you can probably see people posting picture of them drinking beer at the age of 16 or 17. So this is the scenario, he was scrolling on Facebook and he saw this cute girl posing and drinking with her beer, he clicks onto her profile and he found out that she was born in 1996 so he figured it out that she would be 16 years old this year. So what a 15 years old boy would normally does? He waited a year to turned 16 and then he posted a picture of himself drinking beer and then when he realise that everyone started posting picture of them smoking at the age of 16, he changed his picture with a cigarette on it. This is what happen when you don't have your own objectives in life. You tend to do what people does. Remember, don't follow how people live their life. That's not a very cool way to live your own life. 

I can say I am pretty unlucky. While I was away, all of my friends, every single one got into beer addiction and when I came back, it's like a total nightmare for me. This is what people think nowadays, if you are a guy, you are 95% drinking a beer. And the other 5% are us, LDS who don't drink beers. Remember, never ever ever give in. If you drink it for the first time, there is gonna be a second time and when there is second time, there is a third time, and it goes on and on. And for the past 8 months, non of my friends manage to convince me to have a sip of beer. Like I said, if you drink it for the first time, its gonna go on and on. You gotta know how to think of the consequences and you need to think of all this before it even happen. Plan always come first no matter what happen. 

When you say you want to go on mission, it's not just words. Its more on action. You committed to it, you protect it and you act upon it.  No matter what happen, don't ever let a single thing breaks your determination. If you notice about Adrian Foong, before and after he went on mission. Well, what I notice before he went on mission was that he is a lot quiet and don't really talk much. But when he comes back, he is still quiet but he talks more and the most important thing is, he has a clear mind on what is his goal. Most of the time, we don't really know what we want to become but after you came back from your mission, your mind just become more visible and you know clearly what you want in your life. 

YoungMen and YSA, if you want to know what to become in future, go on mission, when you return, I promise you, you will know what you want in your life. On the other side, the YoungWomen can also go on mission if you feel like, if not you can get married. That's what people does in America and unfortunately it doesn't apply here in Asia so YoungWomen, you might as well plan to go on mission. 

I am deeply grateful for who I am today. For what I have gone through that makes me a better man. If it wasn't for the church, I think you might see me drinking down there probably. I testify that the church is true. I testify that Pres Thomas S Monson is our living prophet.

And I this I say in the name of Jesus Christ Amen! 

Written by,
Kelvin Tan 



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