This is it! The last time you’ll get an email from me.
This week was the best. Our baptism on Saturday was THE BEST my whole mission. Brother Renato the man that speaks Tagalog cried in his testimony after it was so beautiful. Then Brother Cabiles the elect man with the kids that also got baptized told the story of how we found him at a really hard time and how he’s found such peace now and he bore his testimony of the Restoration. It was AMAZING. All 6 were baptized and confirmed 🙂 it was a great way to end off the mission. We had 11 baptisms total for the month of July.
Before, I really didn’t want to serve a mission. I just figured it wasn’t for me. But when i prayed and asked Heavenly Father if i should go, I felt really strongly like I needed to go. So i did. And I’m so, so grateful for all of the experiences I’ve had on my mission. I also really didn’t want to serve in a third world country. I was really scared when I received my call to the Philippines. But Heavenly Father truly knows us much better than we know ourselves. I’m SO grateful I was called to serve in the Philippines Bacolod Mission. I couldn’t have picked a better place for myself. I love the people here so much. They very easily will be the thing I miss most.
One of my favorite things about the mission is the PERSPECTIVE that you gain. My testimony is the same as it was before I left. I still know that we have a Father in Heaven who loves us. Jesus Christ is our Savior. The Book of Mormon is the word of God. Joseph Smith was called in this dispensation to restore Christ’s church to earth just as it has been restored through God’s prophets since the beginning of time. Thomas S. Monson is God’s prophet on Earth today. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints is Christ’s church in these latter days and has the authority needed to administer saving ordinances that will help us return to God’s presence and be happy for eternity with our families. I loooooove the church. My testimony is my most prized possession. I’m so grateful for that knowledge. It is precious. But the perspective I’ve gained on the mission, seeing peoples lives as someone set apart from the world, it has just deepened my understanding of those truths.
The best habit I’ve learned on the mission is REAL scripture STUDY. If you fall asleep reading your scriptures, you’re not doing it right. THE SCRIPTURES WILL BLOW YOUR MIND when you read them with the Spirit and a great desire to have your understanding enlightened. My favorite thing to do in the whole world now is to read the scriptures. I love it.
Thank you all for accepting my emails every week for the last year and a half. I’m sorry if they were too long or too short or too spiritual or not spiritual enough. I’m speaking to a broad audience here 🙂 But to those of you reading my emails that are not members of the church. Those nerdy missionaries you all see on bikes or walking around are holding the most precious information you could ever hear in your entire lives. Let them in. It will change your life and the lives of your children and their children and so forth. The message they are sharing is not just about another religion or some weird beliefs or philosophy or whatever. It is reality. It’s why we’re all here. It’s about who we are and what we’re doing and where we’re going. I love you all. And I love Jesus Christ. I love His gospel. I love the Church.
Everyone come to my homecoming talk on August 14 at 1pm at the Mormon Church by Stagecoach park. I LOVE YOU ALL. Thanks for all of your support. See you in a couple days 🙂