Texas San Antonio Mission
Photo by Hailie Stokes
I never had any desire to serve a mission but I supported everyone of my friends and classmates who did. So when I received the prompting to start my paperwork I was shocked! But it turned out to be the best decision I ever made. I was always an anxious person but I didn’t realize how bad it got until I was out in the Texas San Antonio Mission. You are constantly out of your comfort zone, talking to random strangers, and even getting doors slammed in our faces. I needed that push to be better for those who needed our message so I decided to follow our mission motto which was “All In”. That decision was made right before my health started to act up. I thought it was just the Lord testing me but it turned out to be my Thyroid. For those who don’t know, your Thyroid pretty much controls everything in the body including your ability to lose weight and how much energy you can produce and after 3 months of testing I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. I was getting new tests and prescriptions every transfer. The medications that were given to me were scaring not only me but my Mission President’s Wife and my parents so we all decided I needed to come home and seek proper help.
It has been 4 years since I came home, I am still trying to find the right medication to help with my Hashimoto’s but also with my Anxiety/Depression. I think of my mission everyday and thank the Lord that even though I served 7 months, I still served.