I have again found the joy that comes from being a missionary! And I never want to let it go! Being a missionary is such a privilege. I wish I could tell every missionary that still has a lot of time left- because it is such a joyous time.
I decided to take the counsel from my blessing and set some goals. After
much thought and prayer the goal that I set was to feel the love for the people
of Texas that I felt before my mission. Long ago before I'd even decided to
serve I was driving home thinking about possibly serving a mission and I was
overwhelmed by this love for a group of people. I had no idea who they were but
the love was powerful. I have felt it in varying degrees many times on my
mission, but not the full capacity that I felt that day. So my goal and prayer
is to feel that love and charity for Texas again! I decided in order to help
this happen I would read The Book of Mormon and find what it has to teach me
about charity and love. I'm going to finish it before I go home so that has put
me at reading 25 pages a day. It's a sacrifice to my nap time and other things-
but it's been the best decision. The Book of Mormon draws us closer to God. I am
overcome by the love that the prophets and missionaries have for those they
serve. Yesterday I read the story of Zeezrom and I just thought of how quickly
Alma and Amulek responded when Zeezrom called for them to come visit- that would
have been hard for me to go back and see this anti-christ who had "bashed" with
me. But out of the love in their hearts for the children of God they went to
Zeezrom and he was baptized!
I have my exit interview tomorrow and I have to officially write my final letter
to President Ames by next Monday. This is kinda like the real deal. The real
countdown. It's crazy.
I am getting excited to be home.
We are so excited for you to be home too, Teach. See you next week! :)