I wrote to Colin about his good friend Seth, who will be leaving on his mission soon. This is his message for Seth:
"I have something for you to tell Seth about starting his mission. It is in Ether 6, verse, 4. It says, I am translating so sorry if it is not perfectly correct, 'and when they had prepared all types of food so that we could live upon the waters and all the food for their animals, behold when they had prepared all these things, they entered into their boats or barges, they set off to sea and commended themselves to the Lord their God'. Just from this scripture we need to be prepared. Prepare yourself, because 2 years is a long time, you need to prepare well. Nothing will be harder and nothing will bring you more happiness. The people of Jared were in their boats for almost a year, and if they had not been well prepared they would have never made it to the end. Just thinking of being in a barge for a year would have been super tough but when they finished their joy was sooo great. Just go out with a firm testimony, make sure you want to do this, missions are not for the week,. The devil will try to do wherever he can, but you have to be like the barges of the Jaredites, tight like unto a dish, so nothing can enter and make you forget why you are doing what you are doing, why you are happy, the knowledge of the plan. What God has given you almost no one knows. Only 14 million people know the plan that God has for them, there are billions of people that do not know this, we have a ton of work to do. Read the last 5 verses of Doctrine and Covenants 84, they always give me comfort and the strength to keep going. You will be an excellent missionary- you rock!!