My last week in the mission was definitely a good one. We found a couple Brazilian guys who spoke little to no English and yet still wanted to learn about the gospel. They wanted to come to church and we wanted to make sure that they could feel the Spirit despite not being able to understand most of what was going on. Saturday night, I specifically prayed that they would feel the Spirit through the hymns, because music is a universal language, right? So the next day at church, we were happy to see that the hymns they had selected for the day were pretty slow, so our friends would be able to follow along fairly easily. We were even happier when we could hear them singing! #Godanswersprayers. The rest of church went so well! The members were so friendly, talking with them through Google translate and all! And then the visiting member of the high council offered to drive them home after church! I'm so grateful for the members here and will miss them so much!!!
Anyways. That was our miracle this week. And now I'm struggling to figure out how I want to finish this email. Since it will be the last email I'll ever send as a missionary, I want it to be a good one! But it all just seems so unreal to me still. I can't believe I'm going home and probably won't until I'm actually on the plane.
Oh guys, missions are so amazing! I wish everyone could experience it for themselves! I've learned so much more on my mission than I could have possibly dreamed of.
I've learned to really cherish the Book of Mormon. That book has changed me in so many ways because it's taught me how to apply the Doctrine of Christ in my life!
My mission has taught me how to love and appreciate people so much more. I know with all my heart that everyone on earth is a son or daughter of our Father in Heaven, and by that divine identity alone, we can realize just how much He has in store for us.
My mission has taught me how to be confident in myself and my abilities, because I've become more aware of where I stand in God's plan. I know that I could never do anything relying on my own strength, but as I rely on Christ, I can do all things. And so I know I can be confident in myself as long as I am confident in my Saviour.
My mission has taught me to love the simple truths and principles of the gospel and teaching those to others. I'm excited for the opportunity I'll have to help spread the gospel back at home and to teach my friends and future family the importance of those simple truths.
My mission has taught me the importance of obedience because all though Christ's sacrifice covers us all unconditionally, that doesn't take away our personal responsibility to use that gift to become the best that we can be, and we do that through obeying God's commandments and keeping our covenants!
Most importantly, the mission has taught me that God really does have a plan for us. I know that He wants us to have eternal peace and joy, and as a perfect father, He knows exactly the path His children must follow in order to obtain that goal. We find peace and joy as we study our scriptures, as we live the principles taught by ancient and modern prophets, and pray to our Heavenly Father for further guidance and understanding. We find joy as we live the gospel within our families. We find it as we repent and are cleansed of all our sins and failures. We find it as we rely on the atoning sacrifice of our Saviour, trusting that when we don't have the strength to carry on, at least He does. Because of this plan, I know it's possible to have joy at all times!
I love each of you! Thank you for the emails, prayers, and support throughout this last year and a half! There's nothing I treasure more than the knowledge that I can be with my family forever :) Thank you for everything.
P.S. Dad, if you decide to move again, my vote is Prince Edward Island