I find that many of my friends and family members do not understand my desire to serve a full time mission.
Money (Though my family is helping a lot)
18 months of extremely limited contact with my friends and family
Opportunities for work and relationships
Comfort and convenience while adjusting to the mission lifestyle (up at 6:30 AM every day- in bed by 10:30, going everywhere with a companion, restrictions on music, etc).
I don't care much about the sacrifices. I am not positive what I am going to do without my music for 18 months, but I'm sure I'll survive.
But I love the questions. When people ask them sincerely and respectfully they give me an opportunity to say exactly why I am giving this time to the Lord.
There are multiple answers that I've been known to give in response to this question.
1. Because the Caroline in this picture already knew that she wanted to serve a mission. And not much has changed.