When I am old enough, should I focus more on serving a mission for my church or getting married?
I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and serving a mission to teach the gospel is very important to me. However, I also know that getting married is an essential part of God's plan. As I approach the age at which I will be able to serve a mission, should I be focusing more on serving the Lord or on maintaining the close friendships I may develop at college, that could eventually lead to something more?
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My advice, focus on YOU first before making those two the biggest priority in life. What makes you happy? Who are you, what is it that inspires you? When do you feel at your best? Knowing yourself is going to get you where you want to be in life and that start by finding your why. Why are you with that church? What is it that you like about your friends? What are your hobbies, what countries would you like to visit. There is so much more in life then narrowing it to 2 things. Go find your passion and your genius (your personal strength) and focus on your happiness (whatever that may be).
Ask yourself those questions and I truly believe you will find the answers from within you.
Why rush into either one? Use your time in college to focus on your education and broaden your mind. Identify and hone your unique gifts and talents, and become the best "you", you can be. Broaden your perspective beyond your childhood upbringing and religion. Expose yourself to diverse people and cultures. Learn about alternate belief systems, and broaden your experiences. Identify, for yourself, your personal goals, desires and values (which may, or may not be the same as those you were brought up to believe). Become a whole YOU, and then you'll be in a better position to decide how you can best be of service to the world. Good luck!
I think you should focus on your passions. If serving as a missionary is a passion, I say go for it. You don't have to look for love or marriage, it should come naturally. Remember, God will order your steps and those of your "spouse to be." Pray for discernment and you'll always follow the right path.