We had the opportunity to interview McKyna Rash, a recently returned missionary from the Chile Concepción South mission and daughter of Kim Rash, owner of The Perfect White Dress.
McKyna was eager to share some insights and memories from this special time and it’s obvious to us that she served an honorable mission!
What was it like living in Chile?
McKyna: “Living in Chile was such a great experience, I learned a lot about the Chilean culture. Chile is very different from the United States, and being there I became more grateful for what I have in my own life, and I also realized that there are many things that we can learn from the Chileans.”
Were people receptive to the gospel in Chile?
McKyna: “I think that it’s probably the same in all missions, there were very receptive people and then there were people who wanted nothing to do with us as missionaries. There are people that are being prepared to hear the restored gospel of Jesus Christ all over the world and I’m grateful that I was able to find and teach some of those people.”
If you had to do it all over again, is there something you’d do differently to prepare?
McKyna: “If I could do my mission all over again I would definitely study the principles of the gospel ; faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end.”
“My feelings and gratitude for the temple multiplied by one million on my mission. There wasn’t a temple close by, so I wasn’t able to go to the temple for a year and a half. Not being able to go made me realize how blessed I am to live 10 minutes from 2 temples!
I now understand the importance of going to the temple often and seeking divine help. It truly is the house of the Lord and I know that by attending the temple we can become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ.”
What was one of your most special experiences that you had while serving in Chile?
McKyna: “One really special experience I had on my mission was being able to see a young man, who was one of our converts, baptize his mom. One of the reasons why I decided to go on a mission was because I know that I can be with my family forever and I wanted to share that knowledge with others, so that they also can be with their families forever.
It was so beautiful being able to see this sweet family begin to make covenants with our Heavenly Father so that they can be an eternal family. In that moment I felt like I had completed one of my goals that I had set for my mission.”
How are you different now that you’ve served a mission?
McKyna: “The biggest and greatest lesson I learned on my mission was the importance of being perfectly obedient. Obedient to the commandments, to my parents, church leaders and obedient to the promptings of the Spirit. Obedience is the key if we want to be happy in this life and in the next.
I am different because I know that I need to be obedient, and even more importantly, I try my very very best to be obedient. Because of what I learned on my mission, and am now applying in my life, I am happier.
It’s such a blessing to have the gospel in my life, it is evidence of the love that our Heavenly Father has for all of us. He has given us a perfect plan to follow that will lead us to peace and happiness.”
Thank you to McKyna for sharing her thoughts and experiences!