It's finally here... my last email. It's gone by too fast.
I have felt very excited to finish strong and do all that I can to leave this area stronger than I found it. And I feel very great right now. I feel ready to apply everything that I have learned over these past two years. I have learned so much from my mission. It has helped me so much more than I ever imagined. I can honestly say that I don't feel like that eighteen year old kid that said goodbye to you guys in the Salt Lake airport two years ago. I know that God has guided me through my trials. It is so clear to me that here is where I had to serve. I know that the Lord is hastening his work, I have seen it, I have felt it, and I have lived it.
I have felt an immense feeling of gratitude over the past couple of weeks. Most of all for everything that my Savior has done for me. The atonement has become a very personal part of my life and me. As I look back on all that I have done, I ask myself how? How did I do all this? I realize that I haven't done much. All I have done is make myself moldable. The Lord is the one who has molded me. All of the good that has come out of my service is directly related to our Father in heaven and Jesus Christ.
I have been blessed to see many miracles. However, I believe that the biggest miracle that I have seen has been in me. God has helped me to change things in me that I often thought were impossible to change. I know that the Lord qualifies whom he calls. I know that God will ALWAYS bless those who obey him. It is interesting to me that so many difficult changes in life have become so simple. Everything is given to us. All we have to do is trust and rely on the Lord and his atonement.
I know that prayer is real. I have come to understand that prayer is a literal conversation with our Father. I have learned so much about Him.
I will always remember the experiences that I have had here. I am always going to cherish the things that I have felt here. I was reading yesterday in Alma 26. I feel exactly the same as Ammon. I do have a great cause to rejoice!
I have thought about the letter that you wrote me dad at the beginning of my mission. It really has been an adventure. It has been the most fulfilling adventure ever.
I can't express how grateful I am to you for supporting me. You guys are the reason that I work hard. I only wanted others to be able to have a family like mine. To be able to feel the happiness that comes through living the gospel.
I LOVE YOU ALL MORE THAN YOU WILL EVER KNOW! I am very excited to hug all of you on Friday... until then my wonderful family.