Hey everybody, what a ride this last year and a half has been.
This, the last week of my mission, has been filled with adventure and testifying and lots of memories.
This week I spent hours in the Urgent care with Hermana Fish, who broke her foot and has to get surgery, the McBrides took us to an authentic Amish Farmer's Market, We taught a lesson to a sweet mother who had lost her hope, we solved some missionary drama, we ate chocolate cake, did demolition work that made our backs sore for days, we went on exchanges, and watched women's conference. I spent a last, tender Sunday with the Ward who has changed my heart.
My feelings about leaving my mission are so bittersweet. I feel like there's a hole in my heart that can only be filled with these beautiful souls that live here in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Isn't it amazing how fast the time flies? I think back through my mission and I can see so much growth and JOY.
Sister Braydn Bartschi taught me how to love my mission. She gave me joy in all the little things. She is the reason I found so much joy throughout my entire mission.
Sister Madilyn Olsen taught me to remember that it is always more important to love a person than to solve a problem. She taught me about the power of Forgiveness.
Sister Sarah Chugg taught me to be still, to listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost and to trust.
Sister Sidney Bullock taught me how to work hard, to keep going even when your body wants to quit, and to smile when everything is going wrong.
Sister Matti Hamblin taught me how to make memories that last a lifetime. She taught me how to testify with power and that laughter can fix any gloomy day.
Sister Theresa Botchway taught me that positive thinking is powerful, and that powerful friends can be made in a matter of days.
Sister Marissa Tait taught me that the Lord is the only person I need validation from. She taught me how to teach with the Love of the Savior in every word I speak.
My heart and my soul is forever changed because of the many people who I've met on my mission. The person who has done the most is my Savior. Jesus Christ has become my best friend and I have been changed by His gospel. I will forever be able to look back on my mission and recognize it as the time I commited myself a s a disciple of Him who is mighty to save.
"I am a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made; I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.
I won't look back, let up, slow down, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I'm finished and done with low-living, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tainted visions, worldly talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need pre-eminence, positions, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don't have to be right, first recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk with patience, am lifted by prayer, and labor with power.
My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven. My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, divided or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won't give up, shut up, or let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, and paid up for the cause of Christ. I must go 'til He comes, give 'til I drop, preach 'til all know, and work 'til He stops me. And when He returns for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My banner will be clear."
--Henry B Eyring
Thank you all for your love and support throughout my mission.
SEE YOU ALL SOON!