This poem was shared with me at a training seminar. I'm not sure who the author is, but it truly reflects the highs and lows, or the ups and downs, of being a full-time missionary.
A mission is a strange experience,
It's a trial and a test.
A mission throws at you the worst,
Yet teaches you the best.
I've never been so happy,
I've never been so depressed,
I've never felt so forsaken;
I've never felt so blessed.
I've never been so confused,
Things have never been so clear.
I've never felt Heavenly Father so distant,
Yet He's never been so near.
I've never been so discouraged,
I've never been so full of hope.
I feel I could go forever,
I think I've come to the end of my rope!
I've never had it quite so easy
I've never had it quite so tough.
Things have never been so smooth,
Things have never been so rough.
I've never traveled through more valleys,
I've never ascended so many peaks.
I've never met so many nice people,
I've never met so many freaks!
I've never had so many ups,
I've never had so many downs.
I've never worn so many smiles,
I've never worn so many frowns.
I've never been so lonely,
I've never had so many friends.
Boy, I hope this is all over soon
Gosh, I hope it never ends!!!
May I add that I know that despite the ups and downs, serving a mission is worth it!
We've had missionaries arrive and had more leave us (having experienced of all the emotions described in the poem!). We have such a great love and respect for them.