Wow it is strange to be sitting here writing my very last email as a missionary. Where has the time gone?? I cannot believe that a year and a half has gone by, wow! That is all that I can say!! This has truly been the greatest time of my life! I cannot believe it is coming to an end! But I know that I now must go on with another part of my life and even though I would love to stay here, the Lord has other plans for me now!
This week was an amazing week. I prayed all week that this week could be one of the best weeks of my mission and it truly was! I know that the Lord listened to and answered my prayer! For the first time in my ENTIRE mission we taught 20 lessons which is what we should teach every week. We also found a lot of new people to teach, and new FAMILIES! I am so sad that I wont be able to stay here to see these people progress in this gospel but I know that my companion is going to take good care of them and that she will keep me updated! At least I hope so! Haha. Every day this week we taught about 3 or 4 lessons and we did contacts, that used to just happen on good days and it happened almost every day this week! We were truly able to see the Lord??s hand in our lives this week and I just love this work!
One of the families that we found is super great. It is a young couple and they are MARRIED (can you believe it?!?) and they currently arent going to a church but they are super interested in our message. When we went to share with them the first day it was like we already knew them. The mom was super open with us and just talked to us as if we had known her forever! They are a great family! We challenged them to baptism and they said that if they receive an answer to their prayers then they will be baptized!! They asked us how we baptize in the church and when we explained that it is by immersion they said oh yeah perfect that is the right way! This family was truly prepared and I know that we were guided by the Spirit to contact them and go and visit them!
This week was also full of goodbyes! I still havent cried yet, but surely tomorrow or Wednesday for sure will have some tears involved….haha I am trying to be strong. I said goodbye to an elderly woman that we taught a little bit and she was so sad! She was crying and was just how much she would miss me! It just made me so sad. She said she was going to miss her ??gringa vecina??* hahaha. I will miss my ??abuela vecina?? tambi???n.* Today and tomorrow I have a few more goodbyes to do but not very many. We are going to work hard as well so that I am not just losing the last two days that I have here!
Well Wednesday I am leaving Villarrica at about 7am and then I am headed to Osorno for the day and there we spend the day with President and the others who are also going home. Then from there I am headed to Santiago by bus in the night time and we should be getting there about 7 or 8am on Thursday morning and then Thursday night I will be on my way to the United States de nuevo.* Wow….it is so bittersweet!
Well I just want to finish this last email with my testimony. I know that this church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints is the true church of Jesus Christ on the earth today. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet called to restore the gospel, and what a blessing this gospel has been in my life! I love this gospel so much! I love that I have been able to share it this last year and a half of my life. For any of you who are wondering if you should go on a mission, my advice to you is do it. You wont regret it, like I said it is truly the greatest time of your life. It is hard, but it is so worth it. I love this work, I know that it is the work of the Lord and I am going to continue sharing the gospel even when I am not a full time missionary. Share the gospel with your friends, family members, with EVERYONE! There are people waiting to hear this gospel, we need to open our mouths and share it m???s!
I hope you all have a great week and I will see you all on Friday!!!
*Translations by Dad:
???El fin se acerca! – The end is approaching! (There is a hymn in the Spanish hymnal titled “El Fin Se Acerca”, and the English version of the hymn is “The Time Is Far Spent”)
gringa vecina – Gringa neighbor
??abuela vecina?? tambi???n – “grandma neighbor” as well
de nuevo – once again
m???s – more