皆さんは元気ですか？(How is everyone doing?)
I’m a mix of emotions right now. I can’t believe that it’s been 18 months. I can’t believe that I’ll be on a plane tomorrow. I’m excited to see everyone but also soo sooo sad to leave Japan. I love these people. I have loved living here. I’m so grateful that I had this opportunity to be a missionary in Japan.
So I was thinking about what to write for my last group email and decided to talk about some of the many things that I’ve learned over this last year and a half.
I’ve learned how to pray from my heart. I’ve learned that we always need to trust God, even if we don’t think it will work out. Heavenly Father always has a plan for us and his plan is sooo much better than any plan that we have for ourselves.
I’ve learned how to love people more. I’ve learned how important love and charity are. I’ve learned that EVERYONE needs love.
I’ve learned that the Gift of Tongues is real. I could have never learned Japanese without it.
I’ve learned that we need to try our best to live in the moment and enjoy it. Don’t worry about the past and don’t worry about the future. That one is definitely easier said than done. Haha.
I’ve learned how to get along with all kinds of people. My companions have all been great! Love all of them!
I’ve learned that we need to be constantly studying the scriptures, praying and going to church. The primary answers but they are truly Important. Those are the things that build your testimony.
I’ve learned how important testimonies are. We need to always be strengthening and protecting our testimony. I’ve learned that we need to bear our testimonies as much as we can.
I’ve learned that when we get the feeling to do something nice or good for someone else, we should just do it. Odds are high that it’s the Holy Ghost prompting us.
I’ve learned that we are all Children of God. He loves us no matter what. That love is unconditional. No matter how we may feel about ourselves (maybe we aren’t the weight we want to be or maybe we just feel like we can’t ever do anything right or maybe something else) He loves us. We matter. We are worth it.
I’ve learned that God works in mysterious ways and that through him we can see miracles.
Those are a few of the many many things that I learned on my mission. I am so grateful that I was able to come to Japan as a missionary. I know that this Gospel is true. I know that we have a Heavenly Father and that he loves us. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I know that he loves us. I have loved being a missionary!!!!!! I love this Gospel! I love our Savior!