January 19, 2021


Temple Square (South 1 District)


Sister Alania Denney

The Last One!

This is the last email on my mission! How crazy a time it has been. I would love to say that this has been the most exciting, hard-working week, but if you were able to read my father's letter, it was spent mostly in quarantine. Six sisters this past week have tested positive for COVID-19, including a companionship in my zone. With all the sisters being so close together all the time there is a higher likelihood that the virus can be passed between companionships. As such, they sent an entire building (of which there are only 2 that the sisters live in) into quarantine status until all the tracing could be done.

It was Friday morning that we learned of this fate and we were inside until just this morning. They tested every sister that could have been exposed to check for any other cases. Even our roommates were tested. Luckily, no other cases were discovered and we are now allowed out of our apartments (except for those that have COVID, of course). It was a little sad to spend my last few days in our apartment, but I am grateful for the time I had to study and learn. We were still able to teach the people we normal would thanks to the use of technology we had. It is nice to know that we can still be effective even in harder times.

On Sunday we had my final sacrament meeting over Zoom. It was a little sad as that is where we normally sing our final song of Called to Serve with the rest of the mission. That is not something we are able to do over zoom. I was a little disappointed, but overall it is more important to keep everyone safe. Thankfully I was still able to attend the departing luncheon with all the departing sisters and the senior couples. We had a delicious fancy meal and bore our testimonies of the Savior and the connection we were each able to develop with God during our time on the mission.

Today is my final day as a missionary and I fly out early tomorrow morning. I had a departing interview with my mission president to set goals and make plans for life at home. I have learned so much while I have been here at Temple Square, but it is hard to put my thoughts and feelings into words. I have seen the power of connection and how God works through people to fulfill his will. We don't need miraculous answers to help us be happy, we only need to rely on God to help us and we can always find happiness. I am grateful for the opportunity that I had to serve God and help those around me develop faith in the Savior. I have had hardships as everyone has, but I have felt so much love from God in all of my hardships. When it comes to God no sacrifice is too much. I am grateful for the help and support I have been given from everyone.

If there is any message I can leave for everyone, it is to always rely on the Savior, Jesus Christ. He loves us and sacrificed himself to be below us. He will always be able to push us up, we just need to let him. I love everyone and I am excited to see my beautiful family again.
Sister Emily Christensen


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