Saturday, August 30, 2014

My testimony of this gospel, and of missionary work. - A final post as a full time missionary.

Dear, Brothers and Sisters in the field, Friends & Family,

           This week i'm writing you, not from McCall, not from Kuna, not from anywhere in Idaho, but today I write to you from Ogden Utah. It is incredible how quickly your life can change.  . .  Last week I found that my little sister was sick. So, knowing that I would have an impact on her overall health, and after a lot of prayer & discussion with my Mission President, Stake President & Parents. I came to the conclusion that home is where the Lord needs me to be. I am so so grateful for the 7 months i was able to serve the Lord. I know that It has strengthened and prepared me for the trials that my family is facing now, and for the obstacles that i will face in life. I have a new respect for missionary work, I know that even though i am no longer a full time missionary, I can do missionary work. I'm confident in that, and i'm proud to say that i'm still constantly looking for people to teach & serve. I loved my mission, I love the time that I was able to serve. It has changed me. It has given me something that I could not find anywhere else. I have become fully converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I feel that I've been called to a new mission here at home. I know that I've made an impact on the people I've had the opportunity to serve and teach in Idaho. And each of those people have had a huge impact on me. I look up to each of you that are serving so much. I plan on continuing to write and update each of you on the spiritual & missionary experiences i have in the field back here in Ogden.  One i'd like to share with you today is from last Easter Sunday.  Obviously it's a day where our thoughts are so much more fully focused on the atonement of Jesus Christ, and that day our family needed it more than ever.  Jaden wasn't doing well, so my Dad & I were able to give her a blessing. The Priesthood is real, The atonement is real, and i'm so grateful for it. Without Christ's sacrifice we would not be able to receive his grace. #BecauseOfHim we are made whole, #BecauseOfHim we are strengthened. And I can feel that. Now more than ever.  Thank you all so much for the love and support.  Maybe one day i'll be able to return to the INM, but until then I will "press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men." Though I no longer wear his name on my chest, I will always wear it on my sleeve, and always "stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places , even until death."  I love this gospel you guys. I loved my mission, every second of it.