Well, here comes the last week of my mission! We are continuing to witness so many miracles and evidence of God’s perfect orchestrations. Just this past week, we set a family on date to be baptized on August 20! It’s a mom, dad and son. We also worked really hard and taught 38 lessons. Sunland is doing so well and I am so grateful to have been able to serve here for 6 months! I know that we are going to kill it this last week and finish this transfer strong.
Time flies and I am so grateful to have been able to serve a full-time mission. This really has been the best decision of my life and I know that I have been changed for the better. It’s been a rollercoaster and a soul-stretching and growing experience and I have learned to love every second of it. I don’t know if this will be the last time I get to email before I go home, so in case it is, I want to share 18 scriptures that I describe and impacted my past 18 months.
1.) Ether 12:27
“And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.”
2.) Doctrine and Covenants 31:3
“Lift up your heart and rejoice, for the hour of your mission is come; and your tongue shall be loosed, and you shall declare glad tidings of great joy unto this generation.”
3.) Doctrine and Covenants 12:8
“And no one can assist in this work except he shall be humble and full of love, having faith, hope, and charity, being temperate in all things, whatsoever shall be entrusted to his care.”
4.) Doctrine and Covenants 84:88
“And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.”
5.) Alma 37:37
“Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these
things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day”
6.) Doctrine and Covenants 24:12
“And at all times, and in all places, he shall open his mouth and declare my gospel as with the voice of a trump, both day and night. And I will give unto him strength such as is not known among men.”
7.) Doctrine and Covenants 93:12-13
“And I, John, saw that he received not of the fulness at the first, but received grace for grace;
And he received not of the fulness at first, but continued from grace to grace, until he received a fulness;”
8.) Matthew 16: 24-25
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”
9.) Moroni 7:31-32
“And the office of their ministry is to call men unto repentance, and to fulfil and to do the work of the covenants of the Father, which he hath made unto the children of men, to prepare the way among the children of men, by declaring the word of Christ unto the chosen vessels of the Lord, that they may bear testimony of him.
And by so doing, the Lord God prepareth the way that the residue of men may have faith in Christ, that the Holy Ghost may have place in their hearts, according to the power thereof; and after this manner bringeth to pass the Father, the covenants which he hath made unto the children of men.”
10.) Alma 26:16
“Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering
towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel.”
11.) Helaman 10:4-5
“Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which thou hast done; for I have beheld how thou hast with unwearyingness declared the word, which I have given unto thee, unto this people. And thou hast not feared them, and hast not sought thine own life, but hast sought my will, and to keep my commandments.
And now, because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold, I will bless thee forever; and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will”
12.) Doctrine and Covenants 123:17
“Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.”
13.) Doctrine and Covenants 28:16
“And thou must open thy mouth at all times, declaring my gospel with the sound of rejoicing. Amen.”
14.) Alma 8:27
“And Alma tarried many days with Amulek before he began to preach unto the people.”
15.) Romans 5:19
“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”
16.) Alma 7:11-12
“And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.”
17.) 3 Nephi 5:13
“Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.”
18.) Enos 1:26
“And I saw that I must soon go down to my grave, having been wrought upon by the power of God that I must preach and prophesy unto this people, and declare the word according to the truth which is in Christ. And I have declared it in all my days, and have rejoiced in it
above that of the world.”
I love the scriptures and there are so many more that have blessed, helped, comforted and motivated me. However, scriptures and words cannot even begin to describe my feelings for these past 18 months – the experiences that I cherish, the lessons I have learned, the many ways I have changed, the impact Jesus Christ and the Atonement has had, and the love I feel for my Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and all the people I have met on my mission. I love my mission so much!
I know that I am imperfect, weak and still very much a natural man. But I also know that I have given my all to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and to their work in these past 18 months. I have tried my best and I know the Lord has helped me in being an instrument in His hands. I know that He has accepted my sacrifice and my efforts. I love my Savior so much and I love this gospel. Everything that we teach as missionaries is a testimony of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ’s pure love for us. I know they know each of you perfectly and I know the redeeming and enabling power of the Atonement is real.
Thank you to each and every one of you for supporting, encouraging, loving and helping me! I have been so blessed. I love you all!