My Most Significant Achievements

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Serving a full-time mission
From 2009 to 2011 I served a full time mission in the Philippines. I served 19 of 24 months in leadership positions, teaching and leading missionaries to succeed. While serving my mission I learned how to relate with people and turn complete strangers in to life-long friends. Aside from the temporal benefits, I matured spiritually in ways that I couldn’t have anywhere else. Serving a full-time mission has taught me what it means to love and serve with no thought of reward. Completing a mission is definitely my most significant achievement to date.

Learning/Teaching guitar
When I was 12 years old I picked up my first guitar and started learning. Until now, I have been teaching myself for nine years with no formal instruction. I have achieved a level of proficiency, allowing me to instruct numerous people. Teaching myself guitar has taught me patience and to never give up. Sharing my tediously acquired talent has been one of my most significant achievements since High School.

Sharing my beliefs
Growing up I had a religiously diverse group of friends. Many times I was forced to make a choice to either stand up for what I believe or to follow the crowd. At one such time I decided to take the road less traveled and shared my beliefs with one of my best friends. She ended up accepting the gospel, and to this day she is happily married in the temple with 2 callings in her ward. Seeing one of my best friends baptized because of my example is truly one of my greatest achievements.

Working with autistic children
During my senior year of High School I worked for a non-profit organization called Accent on Family. While I was there our job was to provide rehabilitation and respite services for autistic children. ‘Marky’ was my child and we spent three months together working on a variety of skills, from conversation skills to math homework. I feel this is a significant activity in my life because I know that I have enriched Marky’s...