I have only one week left = insanity. There are many emotions involved.
This past week we've been diligent in the work but we didn't teach many lessons. I was sad, because it really didn't reflect how much we worked.
I have loved my mission a lot. I have loved what I've learned and taught and the people that I've met.
There is no work that is greater than God's. This is his work.
I know that I talk about this a lot. I know that everybody does, but You really need to be reading the scriptures. It is a sin to not read the word of God daily. It is a commandment. Contained in the Book of Mormon and all other scriptures is God's message for us. If you knew that you got an email from President Thomas S. Monson you'd probably read it as soon as physically possible. Why is reading the scriptures any different? YOU need to be doing it DAILY. Don't make excuses to not read them. That's just dumb.
This was a good week! I got a surprise text telling me that a person that I taught last year wanted to talk to me and it had his number, so I called him. It was AMAZING to catch up on old times. I only taught him for 2 months but he still remembered me and thought that I must be headed home soon. He offered that if I'm visiting my mission I can stay in his home. He's also getting baptized sometime this fall! It was so incredible to hear and to realize the affect that I made on his life as a missionary. I really needed a boost like that.
It's been raining here in Idaho a ton! It's green here for the first time in a century! (I totally made that statistic up.) I feel like it's preparing me to go home. There are a lot of people who know Missouri in one of the wards that I'm in right now too. It's weird.
I got my "trunky papers" today. It's your flight itinerary for when you're going home. It's insane. I'll be in Kansas City at 1:14 PMon the 23rd.
I got my trunky papers, but I am in no way trunky.
I've been reading the Book of Mormon a LOT I want to finish it again before I go home, so I have to read 20+ pages a day. Today I read a lot, but in that reading I read Alma 27:27 talking about the Anti-Nephi-Lehites.
"And they were among the people of Nephi, and also numbered among the people who were of the church of God. And they were also distinguished for their zeal towards God, and also towards men; for they were perfectly honest and upright in all things; and they were firm in the faith of Christ, even unto the end."
If we are not known to be what this scripture says, how are we representing God's restored church? We need to be honest and good. Don't lie. It's really annoying. As a missionary, I've become well associated with it. Just say the truth.
I can't believe that I'll be home in like 22 days. In fact I won't believe that... done. I've still got a year.
We've had a pretty good week! We got lots of work done! I love it when I'm lost in God's work all of my problems seem to be washed away for a little while. I love the feeling that I get as I'm testifying. Even if those who we talk decide not to believe in the truth that we share, as I share my testimony it is reaffirmed to me. All of us tend to forget things, but as we do what the Book of Mormon invites us to do, remember Him, we'll be happy.
Something that's been on my mind is the Sabbath day. Keeping it is really important. It's our observance of the small things that makes the difference in our lives.
Now, I'm a missionary (no way!) and even though we pretty much treat every day like it's Sunday with how we dress and stuff, I decided that i need to observe the Sabbath more. So, on Sundays I don't listen to music, but General Conference talks instead. It's been awesome!
Random awesome scripture!
2 Nephi 29:8-9
8 Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.
9 And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and that I speak forth my words according to mine own pleasure. And because that I have spoken one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another; for my work is not yet finished; neither shall it be until the end of man, neither from that time henceforth and forever.