How on earth is
this my last letter to you all? It feels like just yesterday that I was
sending a quick email from the mission home telling my parents that I
had arrived in Australia safely. Then they put me in a car and told me
to drive two hours home on the left side of the road. Now...I'm not so
sure if I remember how to drive on the right side. How things change.
has been an absolutely marvellous last week in the city! We have been
so busy with so many things--from the missionary norm of finding and
teaching (the best work ever! It's been so good to pound the pavements
of Melbourne again and invite everyone to church with us!), to going to
Dandenong for Shanti's baptism (she and the girls look so, so happy. I'm
so proud of them), to being called in last minute to help out with a
seminar for a visiting group of students from a baptist college. That
was a really cool experience! All these students were doing a year's
intensive study of the gospel of Jesus Christ, kind of like missionaries
do but without the proselyting. They came to tour the chapel next to
the temple, and we were able to show them our family history center and
teach them a bit of our basic beliefs. They all had really good
questions, and it was so thrilling to be able to answer them and have a
theological discussion with all these very interested people! I loved
being able to explain to them about the Book of Mormon and about the
importance of families in this life and in the next. It sort of hit me
then just how much I love the gospel and how passionate I have become
about it. I always want to keep learning and keep sharing it with
I gave a talk in sacrament meeting on Sunday
about fear and faith, and it was such a good learning experience for
me. All day everyone was rubbing it in that I'm going home! Haha
everyone has been mocking me for the last two weeks so it's fine. But!
Surprise of surprises, who should walk in right before I gave my talk
but Sister Vermeulen with Rudy, Jorge, and David!!! It was so good to
see all of them again and so nice of them to come for my last Sunday!
These kinds of things are always a bit happy/sad.
I think I
say this in every single email, but it has been the greatest blessing
of my life to serve a mission. It has been the greatest privilege to
serve the Lord and His children here in Melbourne. He has blessed me so
much to be able to know Him and His gospel better. He has changed me and
made me a much better person than I was before. I know that Jesus is
the Christ and that He has the power to change our hearts! I know His
gospel has been restored to the earth! And I know the Book of Mormon has
the power to bring us closer to our Father in Heaven!
love you all! Thank you all for your love and support and prayers these
last eighteen months! See you in the northern hemisphere!