December 11, 2017 – The Final Email
Wait.. is this really it..? the final email..?
I’ve spent the last week running around, hugging tight and saying goodbye to the people who have really made the past few months of the mission so special to me. Its funny, I expected myself to be really emotional the last week of the mission… but I don’t think anything has sunk in it. Am I really going home..?? I feel like its just another week in the field..
Last night, I started packing my bags and as I looked around the room at my suitcases.. it really got me thinking.., What has it all come down to..? What does the past 18 months of my life really mean to me…?
and I thought.
and then I thought some more.
but this is the only thing that kept going through my mind:
During my time as a missionary, I’ve been able to meet so many people, see so many miracles and really experience so many things. But last night as I was looking back over the last year and a half of my life, I realized the most precious moments for me all included the aspect of change.
I’ve met random people on the streets, buses, in houses, schools, chuches, and cafes… investigators, less actives and members– some have chosen to follow Christ and life, His gospel, and some have not. But the change I’ve watched in the lives of those that have chosen to follow Him, including my own life, have made such an impact on me.
Change happens when we choose and commit to FOLLOW HIM. It happens when we decide to lay aside our desires, wants, expectations and dreams of our “perfect life” and sacrifice to FOLLOW HIM. It happens when we humble ourselves, repent and are willing to FOLLOW HIM.
I can testify change really happens when we FOLLOW HIM.
It happens because we follow Him..and it is made possible through Him.
I could never express my gratitude for my Savior, Jesus Christ, who makes real change possible. He heals. He enables. He strenghthens. He loves. He pull us up out of darkness and into the light. He holds our hands through our hardest, deepest trials, and picks us up when we can’t go any longer. He takes broken, unhealed wounds, and fills them up with His light.
I LOVE MY MISSION. I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. I wouldn’t change anything about any part of the past year and half of my life. Because everything that I’ve experienced has taught me this truth. The mission has really taught me about who my Savior is. And through learning more about who is He, I’ve been able to experience real change in my own life.
I know God lives. I know He loves us. I know His Son, Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. I know God speaks to us through prophets. I know Thomas S. Monson is His chosen prophet on the earth today, and I know this church is His restored, true church. I know the Book of Mormon is the Word of God.
Couldn’t be more grateful to learn these truths and share them with others in Korea.
KOREA WILL FOREVER HAVE MY HEART.
PS: see you in a few days mom and dad!