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Describe a goal or challenge in your past that required perseverance and determination to accomplish. When I was a young child I set a goal to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. During my teenage years I experienced many obstacles and challenges that seemed to detour me from achieving my goal. I participated in many extracurricular events that ranged from high school baseball to scouting.

I tasted failure and success any many of these endeavors. During my sophomore year of high school I started experiencing health problems. I was having mini tremors and eventually had a grand mall seizure. During the process of being tested and evaluated, I often wondered if I would be able to accomplish my goal of serving a mission. Social pressures were extreme due to the illness and I loved being able to play baseball, participate in scouting, and do many of the other things young people do.

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Especially, receiving my driver’s license, which is the pinnacle of many young peoples lives. I had to put many personal wants on hold until a diagnosis and plan could be put in place. I wasn’t able get my driver’s license at 16; I had to wait until I was 17. I also learned that if I did not get my illness under control then I would not be able to serve mission. The idea alone was difficult both socially and physically and as a result I experienced depression.

I was diagnosed with petit mall or “focal” seizures. I was having one to two thousand focal seizures a day. Fortunately for me, medicine has controlled and continues to control it to this day. I achieved my goal of serving a full-time mission to the Houston Texas East Mission in July of 2008. Even though it was difficult and I experienced many challenges along the way, I often reflect on those times and am grateful for every one them. Required Perseverance and Determination to Accomplish a Goal By Scuffles

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