Daniel Larsen

Kimberly Andersen

Daniel Larsen
Kimberly Andersen

I once was filled with anxiety, now I am filled with love. 

I didn't grow up going to church. When I was younger and became curious about God I asked my Mom and she replied " just read the Bible." I tried and didn't get very far because I just didn't understand it. I didn't see anyone else reading their Bible, so I didn't quite understand the hype. I continued living my life for myself. I tried to follow the things that I thought would make me happy. A college degree, a house, a husband, and kids. Although they brought me joy, I still felt like something was missing.

One day a friend told me about a kids story time at Chick Fil A. I went and met Erika along with some of the most welcoming people. Erika invited me to Mission, but I hesitated for a few weeks. I had tried a few churches in my 20's, but felt judged and overwhelmed, so I never went back. One Sunday morning my anxiety was at an all time high and I mustered up the courage to go to Mission because I felt like I had nothing else to lose. The message was on the Prince of Peace, something I needed to hear. Luckily, Alpha was starting soon. I was met with more amazing people who were willing to help me and pray for me. I've learned I was depending too much on other people and things to make me feel happy instead of focusing on the one person who embodies love and will love me unconditionally.  I want to be baptized because I am ready to stop trying to life live my own way. I know it won’t always be easy, but my search for the missing puzzle piece is over. I am forever grateful to have found Mission to teach me about Jesus, my Lord and Savior and how to live a life dedicated to others.