Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Final Week and email!!!

Last night when I was packing it hit me so hard that I am really going home haha it feels soooooo crazy and weird and I am like sooooo sad because Elder Schiel and I have visited soooo many people this week saying goodbyes and sharing scriptures and its the sweetest thing ever and so like I am going to miss being a missionary so much. But I am soooo excited and happy that I will literally see yall tomorrow night! AAAAGHHHHH ITS CRAZY!!!! Its like where did the time go?? But yeah this rush of feelings is all over me but deep down I feel so much at peace with it all now. And I am just so happy because I really feel like I have given my all these two years so I really feel fulfilled and some of the members who we visited this week really thanked me so much for sacrificing these two years and coming on a mission and even though it was hard learning the language and just how missions are but I stayed and endured. Hearing that from them and knowing their background and conversion stories hit me so hard. Also they gave me advice for going home and like it is just amazing how much the gospel changes people. It really is the greatest and biggest miracle of the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is so much love in it and peace. I absolutely love Doctrine and Covenants 18:10-16     
"10 Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God; 11 For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him. 12 And he hath risen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him, on conditions of repentance. 13 And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth! 14 Wherefore, you are called to cry repentance unto this people. 15 And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father! 16 And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!"
I love looking at this scripture as for me, how great is my joy when I repent and come unto Christ? "how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!" That is my soul and that is your soul. Now read it again and think of it as yourself. As we repent and come unto Christ we realize we are on the same journey as everyone else. We all have the same Savior and same Heavenly Father, we are a family. Jesus Christ is our Savior. There is no other. It is through His sacrifice, His Atonement that we are able to return home to our Heavenly Father. As we more clearly understand this we develop more and more love for others and we start to change. It is so cool and amazing how it all works. It is just our choice to change and come unto Christ. It has been the biggest blessing in my life to see others change and come unto Christ in so many different ways. I cant wait to tell y'all all the stories I have in detail because right now I have to finish up. So I want to end with my testimony of the Book of Mormon. That book truly has power. I want yall to read and study that talk by President Russell M. Nelson this last conference. "The Book of Mormon: What Would Your Life Be Like Without It?" Personally think about the questions he asks. For me, I don't think I would have life if it were not for the Book of Mormon. It taught me that the Savior loves me and that Heavenly Father loves me, it has given me the strength to overcome so many things because it testifies of Christ and His Atonement and teaches so clearly how it all works, it has answered every question that I have had on my mission and has helped me through the many hard times. I love the Book of Mormon and I know it is true. And what is so amazing is that I have seen so many people learn the same things and change and come unto Christ because of it. And last night when I was packing I looked at the picture that y'all sent me of Mason and Allie wedding at the temple and I though wow I really cant imagine our lives without the gospel and without the Book of Mormon. 
I love each of y'all and can't wait to embrace all of y'all tomorrow night :)) so see ya tomorrow!!!!!