A young woman in our ward, Caliana, left this week for the Mission Training Center in Provo, Utah. There she will study the Russian language in preparation for serving a mission in Russia.
(Young men and women serve missions at their own expense. They take time away from schooling and work to devote themselves to teaching the Gospel to those who have not yet had a chance to hear it.)
We have known Cali since she was a year old. We've watched her grow, from a baby to a girl to a young woman. She exhibits beauty and grace in everything she does. Her choice to serve a mission came as no surprise , as it is but one more part of her willingness to serve others.
So, for today, I am grateful for Cali.