Date

August 13, 2019

Area

Romerike

Companion

Sister Marin Jones

"I'm coming home...I'm coming home...tell the world I'm coming...home

Well.....All that I can say is WOW, I can not believe that this is my last group email to you all while I am a missionary here in Norway. This past week has been bitter sweet with me reminincing about my whole mission. I have only cried a couple of times this past week so I guess that is good haha. Except when I facetimed my mom this morning telling her that I don't want to leave whiling crying haha. I am excited to be going home to see my family/friends, but there is a part of me that just wants to stay here in this wonderful place and to keep being a missionary. But, of course life moves on....and I am excited for this new adventure that I will be going on back home in the U.S.!

Went on Splits this past week with my most favorite person in the universe sister Barlow! We finished the way we started...together in the Mtc and then our last splits together here in Norway. I was able to visit Anna who I taught when I was in Oslo at the beginning of my mission and that was definitely a tender mercy being able to see her again before I leave!! Love her soo much and proud of the person that she has become. I would love to talk about this whole day but too many things happened haha but just know that MIRACLES happened this day with one of my best friends!!

It is amazing what someone can learn from living in a different country, learning a new language, being with someone 24-7, serving others, and becoming a better person. I can definitely say that I am not the same person that I was before my mission. I have come closer to my Savior and my Father in Heaven. I have grown to truly love the scriptures and the knowledge that is in them. I know that we have a living prophet on earth who is guided by the power of God. I have come to truly love myself for who I am and I know that I am a daughter of God. I didn't realize how crucial these few things would be to my conversion of the gospel. Part of the reason why I wanted to come on a mission was because I wanted to be fully converted unto the Lord. To be able to get all the doubts and fears out of my head and know for a surety that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I can truly attest to that this has happened to me! I have a real and true testimony of this gospel and there is no doubt about it in my mind. There are still many things that I do not understand and I wonder about some times. But I can not pretend that the things that i have felt on my mission were not real/true. The experiences that I have had and the people I have met have truly changed my life forever. I am so excited to be able to tell everyone about the experiences I have had and how I became the person I am today. Missions are incredible and I can not thank my Heavenly Father enough for this incredible experience that I have had. I can say that I have never had a horrible no good very bad day on my mission, but just hard days. I have tried to look at the positive through out my whole mission and have had the mind set that, "It's okay that I am not perfect and that is not what I am hoping to become on my mission. We all make mistakes and I have made plenty of mistakes. That is why Jesus Christ atoned for our sins and died for us, so that we can all repent and become better."

Change has been a huge part of my mission, and I have changed a lot in so many good ways. It is because I have truly tried my best to Follow the Holy Ghost and listen to Our Father in Heaven. I feel like my family members that have passed on to the other side have watched me and protected me through out my whole mission! I have felt their love and support! Including those that have supported me here on the earth! Just the amount of love I have felt on my mission is extroardinary, from members, missionaries, family and friends!
There are not enough words to express my thankfulness for everything that has happened to me on my mission. I am just eternally grateful for this experience that I have had and I will never forget it. I will always be a missionary/ disciple of Jesus Christ...the work does not stop here!

I love you all and I guess I will see some of you real soon! ha det bra!
--
Søster Aspen Honey Bair
Nittedalsgate 18a
2000 Lillestrøm Norway
Norway Oslo Mission




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