Final Email, Final Zone conference and Goodbyes
Tuesday: Had an awesome day. We finally are getting to the end of a
long list of things to do we have been working on for the past week
and a half. We actually were able to go knock on a door or two today!
Yay! We had a lesson with ****** and she had some friends there. One
of the guys is from here but is now visiting. He lives in Harmony
ward in the Camas area. He moved there right when I left. I invited him to
my Homecoming. He’s cool. His name is Cole Solari. He helped teach and
did a great job. He’ll get home a few days before I do. Great lesson.
We had all four youth teach Elder Robinson and I. It went well. Then
tonight we worked on our talks for Zone Conference.
Wednesday: Had a great lesson with *****. Taught the Restoration and
it made things make sense for her. Such a good lesson.
Thursday: Zone Conference. Long day but good. A lot of things went in my brain then right back out because I can only use it for a little longer. The worst part was saying goodbye to a lot of people. That was sad. Man, leaving here is going to be hard. I love so many people. It was cool though,
on the way back, we had the whole district in the Party Bus (the
mission van) and I drove. It was a blast because we
turned in “The Work” album by Nashville Tribute Band. Everyone sang
the missionary songs loudly and it was like a super missionary moment of
all of us singing missionary work songs. Cool moment. I loved it!
Friday: Weekly Planning. We had a great lesson with ***** about the
Word of Wisdom and Law of Chastity. She basically ends up already
living the commandments right before we teach them and knowing what
she needs to know right before. She is so prepared. She sees how it
will all help her.
Sunday: We had a great lesson with ******, as usual. Their puppies are
still the best. After that, we were on our way to dinner and both
Elder Robinson and I got a weird feeling that was very prominent and
was really bugging us both. We knew the Spirit was telling us
something, but we didn’t know what. It was just a feeling that
something needed to happen, to change. Throughout dinner we were both
thinking about it and eventually I had a thought “Maybe we should not
go to our lesson with **** and *** tonight.” We had another
couple coming with us but it felt off. The second I had the idea to
not go and just have the couple go, the “off” feeling went away and I felt at
peace. As soon as I was able to tell Elder Robinson, he felt good too.
So we called the members but they didn’t answer. So we went to their
house and told them, called ***, and set it up. It all felt good. We
don’t know how it went yet, but we will find out soon.
I have been thinking about my mission a lot, seeing as how this is my
final week. Some of you knew me before my mission. Some of you knew me
at the beginning of my mission and some of you are still around me.
Some of you I’ll even see later today. The point is, I have changed a
lot. From each of these times of my life, I have changed a massive
amount and am a very different person. I keep growing and changing.
But the most important think that I’ve learned on my mission is about
love. The scripture above talks about love, and how love is about
sacrifice. For the last two years, I gave up my life for Christ. But
not only for Christ, for every one of you that is receiving this
email. Y’all are my friends. I gave up my life for the people out here
that I have taught, and served and helped, and cried with, and cried
for. But that’s not all. I’ve done so for y’all as well. You’d be
surprised how many of you I have prayed for repeatedly. And that’s
because I love you. I have come out here and learned how to love. I’ve
learned what God wants me to be. I’ve learned my potential and am
still trying to fulfill it. If there is anything I’ve learned out
here, it’s that love is the most important quality a person can
posses. It is the best motivator. The most important aspect of life is
love. So when you go to bed tonight, thank God for the love you have,
the people who love you and for the people that you love. I don’t know
how to put it into words and I’m not doing a very good job of it. But
know that I love you and that’s why I’ve laid down my life for the
past two years. I’m not done sacrificing for love. When I return,
I’ll keep serving and sacrificing. I know God lives. I know the Book
of Mormon is true. I know that the Gospel will change you. Most
importantly I know that God loves you and Jesus Christ loves you
personally. He knows you. You don’t understand how much he loves you.
Nobody can. He loves you!
I close my mission, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.