I can't believe that my mission in Japan has come to an end. This is it. This is the end of this chapter. I just want to take a little time and just thank you all for keeping up with all of these emails. I hope you have been able to enjoy my adventures through the hills of Nagasaki, over the ocean to Okinawa, and the beautiful Fukuoka land. I am so grateful for the opportunity I've had to serve these amazing people of Japan. These people have changed my life and have showed me true examples of Christlike attributes. I have worked my best and our best is really what the Lord asks of us. If anything, I have learned how much God loves us and cares for each of his children. This work is truly God's work and we as missionaries are allowed to work in His vineyard and as we learn more about Him we can share His love and gospel to those around us. I know that the Savior lives and loves us. This mission is by far the hardest thing I've ever done but I am so grateful for this opportunity to grow and learn in the gospel and at the same time share this love and joy and happiness with others. This is the end of me as a missionary but I know that I will continue on this path of the gospel. I have learned that on this mission that goodbyes and endings are just new beginnings. See you all at another place at another time.
"Emily will be speaking about her mission to Fukuoka, Japan this Sunday, August 12th at 9am at 24443 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA. All are welcome to attend. Also join us for an open house to welcome home Emily from 12-2pm at the Atwood house, 26615 Brooks Circle, Stevenson Ranch, CA."