This week, like all the other weeks of my mission, has been amazing! I am still in shock that this is coming to a close. I remember hearing a Gordon B. Hinckley quote that said that at the very end of his life, he was finally beginning to understand the gospel fully. I feel the same way about missionary work. Now as I am ending this chapter, I finally have got the hang of things (or at least I think I do).
We set another baptismal date with a gentleman we met this week for the end of September. I also got to go on a tradeoff with Sister Smith in our area! Again haha. I am so thankful we have gotten to go on three tradeoffs together, she is amazing!
Rather than ramble, I will list some things I have learned each transfer of my mission:
1). You can love someone so quickly and immediately. You can see a random stranger and just love them. You can live with someone 24/7 and just love them.
2). It doesn’t matter how inadequate you are if you can trust in God. He will make up for your faults if you will rely on Him.
3). Love has to be communicated. It is not enough to assume others know, but to express it often and sincerely.
4). Be where you are, when you are, and with the people you are with, and you will be happy.
5). When you love doing something, you can work harder than you ever have and have the best time of your life.
6). DRINK WATER. You will need to be closer to a bathroom more frequently but you will not die…
7). But if you need to use bathroom too frequently you might have other problems. Listen to your body and take care of yourself. And never forget how much your Heavenly Father loves you.
8). When you invest in a relationship and communicate, no matter how different you may be, you can love anyone.
9). “God will give you wings.” Two people can both be new at something and do well!
10). If you eat healthy it is easier to be happy.
11). Communication is the lubrication that makes the machine of life work better.
12). When you love someone, you express that love by the way they need it.
13). Listening is one of the best ways to express love. Also Sister Yingling is my favorite human.
I have been told that I will be giving a homecoming talk on August 20th. I would love it if y’all could come!
I am so thankful for my mission and how I have changed. I am thankful for the chance I have to continue to be a disciple of Jesus Christ when I go home! I love you all so much!
Please NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, EVER forget how much your Heavenly Father loves you!