I could start out with a bunch of cliches....time flies fast when you are having fun, all good things come to an end, and many more.
First of all, I love Argentina. I love the mission. I have even learned to appreciate and enjoy all the dog chasing, door slamming, hot summers, cold winters, animals biting, food eating, and everything else that has come along with the package.
I would like to take this last opportunity I will have, with my name badge still on, to share my testimony. A testimony that leads to conversion may be the biggest blessing we receive from the mission. This work is not about me, or us, this is God`s work, it is about helping his children return back to his presence. In God`s perfect plan he uses us, his imperfect children, to bring to pass this great and marvelous work. I could also list any number of lessons that have been learned - by forced experience, the agency of others, and situations that one would never imagine before this little adventure called the mission. One comes to realize the value of diligence, obedience, faith, love, patience, humility. (And not to mention the value of conveniences such as a washing machine, hot water, hot sauce and flavorful food, and that a few blisters never hurt anyone)
More than anything I can testify that our Savior lives. It is through His grace that we repent and can become more like Him. I know this because I have felt it in my own life, and also seen it in the lives of others in Virginia and Argentina. And now, my son, I have told you this that ye may learn wisdom, that ye may learn of me that there is no other way or means whereby man can be saved, only in and through Christ. Behold, he is the life and the light of the world. Behold, he is the word of truth and righteousness. (Alma 38:9) I know that our Heavenly Father loves us perfectly. Happiness and peace in this life comes through obeying his commandments. I testify of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I have come to absolutely love this book. (If I had to sell something door to door, this is probably the only product I could be passionate about.) I testify of Joseph Smith, and also that God has called a living prophet.
Thank you for all your prayers and thoughts. They have been felt. God listens to us. Through coming to know and love our Savior, we can love those around us. The greatest experiences in life come when God uses us as instruments in his hands. I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I love this gospel. Sometimes I think, why are we not running down the street with our hands in the air to let everyone know of this message....We have a purpose so important in the life, to prepare to return to the presence of God.
The church is true. Let us keep going with more faith. Que sigan adelante! Que seamos firmes y diligentes en nuestros convenios. Les quiero!
Mision Argentina Rosario, enero 2014-julio 2014