|OK NOW I have 1 year in the mission!||September 1, 2014 4:38 PM|
Hola Querida Familia Mia,
Alright, this is my very antitrunky one-year mark letter :
Welp folks, I have one year in the mission and i feel sooooo weird! I cannot believe that a year ago i was in the MTC having a full big party, playin´ soccer and takin` naps on P-day. I'm definitely a different person now. Spiritually, emotionally and unfortunately physically :) jiji. But I'm so thankful for all of the changes that have happened to me over these extremely short 12 months. I've learned and grown, had some hard times and some fun times. I've visited every part of the mission and had many a compañion from Peru. But the thing that I've learned better then everything else is that God has a plan for each and everyone of his children. I've seen it in my life and the lives of the people here in Ecuador. Every experience that I've had personally has been for my growth and learning and i know that it comes directly from God.
Also, here in dear ol Ecuador, I've learned to appreciate many things about the gospel that i didn't completely understand before. Things like a baptism. A baptism is not JUST a cleansing of our sins, but it's a promise to God that we are going to be better people , that we want to follow Christ and that we appreciate his sacrifice for us. It's the first step we take to be able to enter into God's kingdom.
OR the sacrament. Its not just the remembrance of the flesh and blood of Christ that we take every week, it is an OPPORTUNITY that we have every week to start over again. We promise God that we will keep his commandments and be disciples of his Son. We literally take upon us the name of Christ and PROMISE to always remember him.
AND the Book of Mormon. Its not just a blue book that only our church has. Its ANOTHER TESTAMENT OF JESUS CHRIST. This book really holds the fullness of the gospel. Its the KEY to our religion. Its the Guidebook on life directly from God. With the exact steps we need to take to return to his presence.
I just want you all to know that I LOVE this gospel. I know with every fiber of my being that these things are true. And its not because I've had a great vision or anything, but because God has literally shown me line upon line, precept upon precept that these things are true.
I also know that it is very hard to put your faith in Christ, but when we do and we follow his commandments, we are blessed beyond our wildest dreams. I've also learned that God is our loving heavenly father, that he gives us the commandments for our own well being. I'm so grateful for the opportunity that I've had to be a missionary for the Lord and I'm even more grateful that i still have 6 months left!
I love the mission! I love that i can get up everyday and study the scriptures and then leave the house and share this message with every one that will listen. I love Ecuador ( especially the south part ). I love the people. I love the food (well... most of it). I love the book of Mormon and I love this gospel!
I also love you all!!! Have a fantastic week :)
Picture 1: I bought an ecuador soccerball! Shh! don't tell :) and don't worry, its deflated and will be in my suitcase for 6 months.
Picture 2. Definitely ate a brownie!