Thank You and Goodbye

Well, here I am. Somehow… Someway… I made it.

This is my last night. Tomorrow I will be reporting to the MTC to begin 9 weeks there before I head to Taiwan.

I never thought I would be here. Ever. But here I am. Ready and willing. I won’t lie… I’m scared out of my mind. I have been just fine until today. I hated saying goodbye to my friends. They have brought me so far.

I want to thank all of my friends for what they have done for me. I am so grateful to have such amazing people in my life. I am perplexed by the fact I am worthy enough to have you all in my life. Thank you for being there at my lowest. Thank you for being there at my highest. Thank you for being there for my broken hearts. Thank you for believing in me. If there is one thing I promise you that I’ll do… It’s that I will make you proud.

Thank you to all the people following my journey, and all the people who donated funds, or their time to help make this happen. I couldn’t have done it without you, and for that I am eternally grateful. May you be blessed in insurmountable ways.

I will work hard every day to become the best person I can be while I’m away. To be able to love more than I ever thought possible. I will make you proud.

As I lay here I wonder what it wil be like. How long will it take for me to get used to this transition? Who will be my first companion? How will I get through the hard days?

This post is going to be short, because O am just too confused and emotional to conjure up an inspirational masterpiece. I hope I will be able to continue to blog while I am away. If not, I will leave you with one last thing.

KEEP GOING

I have a testimony, though it be simple. I have a testimony in Joseph Smith, his hand in the restoration, and as a prophet. I have a testimony in the Book of Mormon. That it came forth the way joseph said it did, and to bring happiness and hope to us in these latter days. I have a testimony of Jesus Christ. The son of our father in heaven. That he suffered and died on a cross so that WE may know what true happiness is. I have a testimony of our kind, loving, and faithful prophet Thomas S. Monson. That he is our current prophet today.

When my life closes to an end and I sit in that judgement seat, I will know in my heart that i dedicated my life, and that I professed to the world what I know to be true during my time on this earth. “Choose ye this do whom ye will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve The Lord.”

I would like to end with a few short verses from the 12th chapter of ether that Hyrum read to his brother on their way to carthage for what they knew would be an inevitable martyrdom.

“Thou hast been faithful; wherefore … thou shalt be made strong, even unto the sitting down in the place which I have prepared in the mansions of my Father.
“And now I, Moroni, bid farewell … until we shall meet before the judgment-seat of Christ.”

P.S. Here’s some info.

Email:
jarom.hulon@myldsmail.net

MTC Address:

Elder Jarom Rasmus Hulon
MAY20 TAIW-TAI
2007 N 900 E Unit 15
Provo UT 84602

Taiwan Mail Address:

Elder Jarom Rasmus Hulon
Taiwan Taipei Mission
4/F, #24, Lane 183
Jin Hua Street
Taipei 106
Taiwan

Package Mailing Address:

Elder Jarom Rasmus Hulon
Taiwan Taipei Mission
4/F, #24, Lane 183
Chin Hua Street
Taipei 106
Taiwan

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You’re Invited- My Musical Goodbye

This is my farewell! I am not doing a traditional farewell. I will be saying goodbye the only way I know how… With music, and a little help from my friends at The Stereo Room in Orem Utah!

I will, of course, be sharing one last message at the end of this event, and one last song. This will be an unforgettable night. And you won’t ever see a farewell like this again.

You all supported me and helped me get to this point. I couldn’t have done it without you, even though I don’t know most of you. I thought it was only right that I invited my beloved supporters.

Date: March 16th (TWO DAYS BEFORE I LEAVE!!!)

Address: 521 N. 1200 W. OREM, UT 84057

Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

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End Of An Era

End Of An Era

One of the things I am most worried about with leaving on a mission is probably a little more on the secular side of things. And it may seem a little bit ridiculous to most people. However, it is HUGE to me.

Fitness. My fitness.

First, you need to know where I’m coming from. I used to be a VERY skinny little dude. Like really really really skinny. A gentle wind could break me in half. At that point in my life, I sorta figured that’s just how I would be the rest of my life. Well, that wasn’t so… I was eventually introduced to bodybuilding.

                                     A 50 lb DIFFERENCE

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As you can see…. I was small. Only when you see the difference from where I was to where I am now, can you begin to understand why I will say that losing my physique is one of the things I am most worried about on this new journey. Only then can you understand the years of extreme pain and hard work I had to go through to get here. All of the days I had to keep eating more and more, even when I didn’t think I could take another bite. All of the days I had to force myself to get to the gym even though I had been at school and work all day and just wanted to sleep. The gym has become a huge part of my life. And I had to prepare myself to give it up for two years for a greater cause.

No, I am not just going to accept defeat. You can bet bet your bottom that I will do everything I can to try and maintain everything possible while serving a mission. But…. I would give it up and start from square one if necessary. You see, We are often very close minded when it comes to things we believe to be important in our lives. Yes, physical fitness is very important. But… probably not to the point I have taken it. I love what I do, and The Lord wants us to be happy. He wants us to find these things in life that bring us such happiness.  However, we need to decide whom we will serve. Ourselves… Or The Lord.

I have chosen The Lord.

I’m super bummed about not being able  to go to the gym all of  the time. Haha  I even thought about putting my companion over my shoulders so I could squat him. I can see it now. My foreign companion that I can’t understand will email home and say, “I don’t understand! My companion keeps power cleaning me!”. So… Sorry in advance future companion. Gotta get those gainz.

I’m super bummed about a lot of things that I won’t still have. But this pales in comparison to the joy I feel about serving The Lord. Ya, getting strong and big is one of the best feelings ever. But bringing the pure love of Christ to strangers? Giving up everything so that other people may know the joy you have gives one a joy that is truly unexplainable.

Two years really is a small sacrifice in the grand scheme of things. Most everything will still be there when I get back. Sure, I may have to regain a lot of the progress I have made in the gym. Sure, maybe all of the people in my life won’t still be there. But that’s okay. We as humans are made  to change and progress. We should never desire for things to stay the same. No progress is made when we are standing still. I am losing some things, but GAINING so much more. An adventure! The opportunity to give! Becoming closer with my heavenly father! Learning to love unconditionally! Knowing I can choose what  is right! And learning that I can keep going even when I do something wrong! Learning Chinese!!!!! Did I mention that I am a marketing major? I mean, I am serving a mission  for The Lord… But that is a nice little tender mercy from my father in heaven if I do say so myself. Chinese will be a huge benefit as I progress my career in business.

I used to pray and ask if there was any way that I didn’t need to go on a mission. I begged for another path… But…. This is my path. I’m ready. Now, I pray for the strength to keep going. I pray to become the best person I can  be so that I may bless lives. I pray for the future people I will meet, that they will be prepared for the moment they meet me. I pray for where I am  headed now. Going into something blindly can be scary. We just need to take that first step in the dark to  understand that we are capable of doing hard things. It takes faith, and then The Lord will carry us. He has carried me SO far. Now it is my turn to thank him for that.

It’s now my turn to serve him.

I am now able to walk on my own. He will never leave my side, but I am ready to do what is right. I’m headed out in two weeks. I’M FREAKING OUT. My life is a COMPLETE financial disaster. There are so many unexpected costs that come with choosing to serve. And it’s even more rough when you don’t have the money to pay them. Haha oh well. You just gotta laugh sometimes when things aren’t perfect. They aren’t meant to be, but we are meant to do what’s right. But I’m leaving. I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s time to go get some spiritual gainz.

“Choose ye this day whom ye will serve, but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord”

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