I've been thinking about sacrifices. Missions are often brought up as a sacrifice, and missions certainly can be great sacrifices under certain circumstances. However, I don't know that a mission is the best example. I am learning that there are greater but less obvious sacrifices.
Cooper pointed out that serving on a jury in a trial that is discussing despicable details would be difficult. A jury is important and it is not reasonable to expect that only those who don't mind hearing about those details to serve. Serving on that jury would be a sacrifice.
I think it is possible to become too strict in one's religion to make some sacrifices. When some people have heard of our plans to go to Kyrgyzstan, they have said they wouldn't go so far from the established LDS Church. Since the Church is not recognized in Kyrgyzstan, there will be many restrictions on what we can do as members of the LDS Church. It is a good thing to be actively and socially involved in the LDS Church. But it is also a good thing to leave it behind to go to Kyrgyzstan. There are good reasons for our family to go.
There are also destructive sacrifices. I think women are particularly prone to this. Some women will give up who they are for their families. Is it good to be devoted to your family and work to help them? Of course. But is the sacrifice of a mother for her children wise? I think not. You can be a good mother without losing yourself.
What other sacrifices might we be asked to make?