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“Connect,” For the Strength of Youth, Jan. 2022, inside front cover.


Viviena K.

17, Tonga


Ever since I was in Primary, I’ve wanted to be a missionary. But when I was twelve years old, I became discouraged. Being old enough to serve a mission seemed so far away to me. I worried that I would fall into temptation. I thought I might as well live my life however I wanted and not worry about preparing.

But when I talked to my parents about serving a mission, they encouraged me. They told me Satan will always try to tempt me when I’m doing something good for my Heavenly Father. I prayed for guidance, and I felt Heavenly Father affirm that He will be with me every day.

Even though I’ve been through temptations and trials, my faith is strong. I know if I prepare now, through Jesus Christ, I can become a missionary like I’ve always wanted. It might be hard, but I know God will be with me in everything I do.