"With any major decision there are cautions and considerations to make, but once there has been illumination, beware the temptation to retreat from a good thing. If it was right when you prayed about it and trusted it and lived for it, it is right now. Don’t give up when the pressure mounts. Certainly don’t give in to that being who is bent on the destruction of your happiness. Face your doubts. Master your fears. “Cast not away therefore your confidence.” Stay the course and see the beauty of life unfold for you." -Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
Gretchen gave her farewell talk in the Keene Ward today and spoke about the importance of following through with a decision once you know it is right. The quote above from Jeffrey R. Holland was her favorite and gave her strength to continue in her decision to go on a mission. Tomorrow (September 12, 2011), Gretchen flies out to Salt Lake City and she will enter the Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, September 14! Go forth and serve, Sister Schillemat.