To everyone who is still reading these emails -
(way to hang on to the bitter end; talk about enduring well)
"How great reason have we to rejoice; for could we have supposed when we started...that God would have granted unto us such great blessings?" - Alma 26:1
The last week of a mission is odd. For all of us old timers, think of an emotion and it probably feels like that for at least one of us.
We have seen miracles happen this past week and great things are happening left and right, which doesn't make it any easier to leave. I know that this is the most worthwhile thing I could have ever chosen, because it has brought me and those I love closer to the Savior.
Endings are hard. But the end of a mission is not the end of discipleship. or testimony. or conviction. or capability. or potential.
"In light of what we know about our eternal destiny, is it any wonder that whenever we face the bitter endings of life, they seem unacceptable to us? There seems to be something inside of us that resists endings.
Why is this? Because we are made of the stuff of eternity. We are eternal beings, children of the Almighty God, whose name is Endless and who promises eternal blessings without number. Endings are not our destiny.
The more we learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ, the more we realize that endings here in mortality are not endings at all. They are merely interruptions—temporary pauses that one day will seem small compared to the eternal joy awaiting the faithful.
How grateful I am to my Heavenly Father that in His plan there are no true endings, only everlasting beginnings." - Dieter F. Utchdorf
death surely has no sting.
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith"