Elizabeth Schumann changed my perspective on thinking about life. I’ve known her since I was in high school, and she helped me become the person I am today. I will always appreciate her friendship and the many hours we have spent talking, laughing, singing, eating, etc. She is truly beautiful on the inside and the outside. Her kindness and many talents have touched countless number of lives. She has blessed my life. She said, “Be yourself and be happy!” It’s fantastic advice, but in fact, she actually lives that advice herself. If you don’t believe me, you’d have to just meet her for a second to know that it’s true.
Question: What is a personal/favorite memory you have from your mission? What did you learn from this experience?
Answer: My favorite memory of my mission was teaching people. I know it’s not that specific or personal but it is the best. There is nothing like sitting with a humble person who wants to know the truth. They have questions about life and are honestly seeking the answers and you have them! You are able to help them find true happiness! This was the most exhilarating part of the mission for me. I was able to teach a few people and see them get baptized. Watching them find answers, accept truth, and change into a new person is amazing! Last year I had a friend in NYC get baptized. I was able to help him find the truth also. See, you don’t have to be a full time missionary to experience this, all you have to do is share the Gospel. One of the things that impressed me the most about these teaching experiences is how humble the investigators were. They would believe whatever we said. They trusted us. Their only desire was to be obedient, even if it meant doing hard things, such as quitting smoking or kicking your boyfriend out of the apartment. I often think of their humility and try to emulate it in my relationship with my Heavenly Father. I am still working on it but I will be forever grateful for their examples!
Question: What is it like to be a missionary for a day?
Answer: What is it like to be a missionary for a day? It stinks! A typical day for us was six hours of tracking. Maybe we had a dinner with members and maybe we had an appointment with members or went to a church activity or did more tracking.
Question: What advice would you give future missionaries?
Answer: Advice? I would say gain a strong testimony of the Gospel which consists of the five main things, the Savior, Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, living prophet, and I forget the last one. The other is to be yourself! I felt like I had to be some super spiritual nun type which is not true. Be yourself and be happy! Share the light of the Gospel with others.
Question: What are some reasons that people should go on missions? / Why should everyone be a missionary?
Answer: People should go on missions because they know the Gospel is true and that is will bless the lives of others. Hopefully, future missionaries have lived the Gospel themselves and can testify about how it has blessed them.