Doctrine and Covenants 4:1 Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men. 2 Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day. 3 Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work; 4 For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul; 5 And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work. 6 Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence. 7 Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Amen.
Words cannot describe how these last two years have been for me. Every week I had the opportunity to repeat these words and rededicate myself to the Lord's work. I have experienced joys, trials, scary moments, excitement, and tears. I am not the same person that I was 2 years ago and I feel grateful to have strengthened my faith and testimony of my Savior through service to others. The mission has been the best decision that I have made in my life to this point and will bless me and my family and future family forever. I will never forget the people, places, foods, and trials that I have met, they will have a special place in my heart. God lives! He sent His son Jesus Christ to teach us and pay the price of our sins and overcome death. He makes it possible that we can repent and be made new. Baptism is the gate by which we enter to receive the kingdom of God. I have knelt and prayed with real intent to know if this is His true church I know by the Holy Ghost that it is true and Joseph Smith is the Prophet of the Restoration. What a wonderful blessings I have received to share this great joy with the world!
My last email! It is hard to believe I have already reached this stage in my life. I was thinking of the challenges I faced trying to adjust to the mission life and now I think I may be faced with the same challenge coming home. I know the Lord has plans for me and I am excited for what's to come. I will dearly miss speaking Spanish and eat tacos every week and being soaked with sweat everyday but the Nebraskan life isn't so bad either ;)
We had a great week! I am still trucking along and working hard! I had a special experience this week as I prayed fervently to be able to set baptismal dates with our investigators and on Saturday is when we saw the miracle that God placed in our hands. Hector, our recent convert, his father Victor Manuel accepted to be baptized for 26 of August. A young nine year old boy, Miguel Angel, also accepted to be baptized on the same day. I testify that God answers our prayers when we pray with faith! (Mormon 9:21)
I'll be arriving home on Tuesday August 15! I am so excited to see everyone!