Well, ladies and gentlemen, sisters, brothers, aunts, friends, associates, and that dog over there, it's been great!! I've loved my time serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that this church is led first and foremost by Jesus Christ Himself. That He stands at the head and He guides, inspires, and reveals restored truth to the prophets of God. I know that this church is led by modern day prophets. I know that the timing of the Lord is perfect. I am eternally grateful for the impression 22 months ago that I needed to serve a mission. My life has changed. I still have weaknesses and faults and I'm not quite perfect yet, but I have a whole lifetime to become greater. :)
I know that the Book of Mormon is the history of the people in Ancient America and to me, it is a representation of God's love to all His children. That he knows, remembers, and counts all His children. --And if you don't know that, get on your knees and ask God how He feels about you. He loves you. He knows how you tick. He's your Father! Of course He loves you and cares about you! But He also knows what's best for you! Sometimes you have to suck it up and eat your vegetables even though you don't want to, because they are good for you. That's how trials are in our lives. Sometimes we have to tread through deep water so that we can come off better swimmers for later trials and tests.
I know that God lives. I know Jesus Christ is His son. I know that His church is once again established on the earth, and that all the keys of the kingdom and eternal life are restored. That families can be forever only through the ordinances and covenants we make in the Holy Temple. I know that there is power in the temple. Even just sitting on the outside, meditating and thinking and praying. I know that those are sacred edifices dedicated to the Lord. And I know being able to go inside the House of the Lord is a sacred, holy privilege that anyone can have.
I know that repentance is real. I know it works. I know that when we forgive and repent of our past sins and mistakes, God will "remember them no more" (D+C 58:42-43) and He will take away the grief and pain of those choices. He will bless you. He is ready and eager to bless you in whatever way He can. He sends ordinary people to do extraordinary things. All it takes is a little bit "extra"!
I know that I was called to this mission for a reason, and I am grateful for all the support you all have shown me. Love you and see you in two!
Con muchisisisisisisimo amor,
But what would be an email without pictures????
MEXICO!! Imma miss seeing you!!
They covered up their plants from the cold, but they just look like monks. :)
Even the monkey testifies of the Libro de Mormon! (LDM)