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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.

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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