Elder David B. Haight of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has written: “To embark on a mission, as so many know, involves many of the same emotions as embarking on some high adventure: excitement, some anxiety, perhaps a touch of fear. In missionary work, we take a step into the unknown” (see this issue, page 15).

Like any great adventure, a mission requires preparation, practice, and performance. It requires one’s best effort. But few other adventures, as the following experiences illustrate, can produce joy so tangible and life changing as that which comes from missionary service.