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Randall L. Ridd, January 2015 CES Devotional

February 1, 2015

I could think of a lot of reasons not to go on a mission: I was shy—so shy that the thought of giving a farewell talk in sacrament meeting was reason enough not to go. I had a job that I liked. I had a scholarship possibility that wouldn’t be available after a mission. Most importantly, I had a girlfriend who waited for me while I was in the army—and I knew that she wouldn’t wait another two years! I prayed and prayed to get confirmation that my reasons were valid and that I was right.

To my frustration, I couldn’t get the easy yes-or-no answer that I was hoping for. Then the thought came to me: “What does the Lord want you to do?” I had to acknowledge that He wanted me to serve a mission, and this became a decisive moment in my life. Was I going to do what I wanted to do or do the will of the Lord? That is a question we would all do well to ask ourselves often. What a great pattern for each of us to establish early in our lives. Many times we have the attitude of “I’ll go where you want me to go, and I’ll do what you want me to do, dear Lord—as long as it is where I want to go and what I want to do.”

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