Monday, December 12, 2016

It's not the end, it's only the beginning :)

Dearest Family and Friends,

I cannot even believe it's here!! it's really here! I am actually going home this week. I have so many emotions going on right now. Let's just start with the basics!!

We had new missionary training this week! We went back to the rest home to sing again!! it was SO fun! I was the only one who could play, so I got to play the piano! :) It was SOOOOO fun!! I got to see some of the people I made friends with before!! What a tender mercy!! :) It was a neat experience. I was very emotional during the meeting. We watched the video about the Atonement and Missionary Work. It applied SO differently to me this time. I thought about how I have been thinking of my mission as something that's ending .....but it really isn't true. I may be "ending" this phase of my life, but thinking into eternity, I've only just begun my true path to discipleship. I have learned SO many things, and grown in SO many ways, and I know I will carry that with me for my whole life :)

KARLA AND EDY GOT BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!!!! :):):):):):):):) It was SOOOO beautiful!!! They were both SO happy and the spirit was SO strong! :) It was the BEST last Saturday on the mission. I was SO happy! It was amazing to see their faces light up after they came out of the water. They are going to be a STRONG family in the Gospel. I am SO grateful for the experience I had to get to know them. I am SO blessed!

I've been thinking a lot this week about my mission ending. I've been trying to assess EVERYTHING I've learned, and I've even had those "I wish I'd done that better" moments - as expected. I decided that what I've learned is that this Gospel is about change. It's about
constantly becoming better. I am better now than when I came out, but I still made mistakes along the way and will continue to make mistakes. The important thing is that we're better today than yesterday, and better tomorrow than today. My Savior has helped me through SO much. He is my friend. He is kind. He is loving. He is gentle. He is forgiving. He is understanding. He is encouraging. He is my brother. He is my strength. He has taught me to love as He loves. He has taught me that I can be forgiven when mistakes are made. I know I can be forgiven. I know I can be better. I have gained SUCH a strong testimony of my Savior on this misison. I know He lives, and I KNOW this is His Gospel. I have seen SO many people come close to Him on my mission. I've seen a lot of opposition on the mission, but it has helped me see the JOY of the Gospel. I know this church is true. I know Joseph Smith was the prophet of the Restoration. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know we are God's children, and He has a plan for us. I know the Atonement is powerful, and can change our lives if we let it. I know this is Christ's Gospel. I will live it the rest of my
life. I know I'll make mistakes, but my mission has taught me to keep pressing on, and rely on the Savior. I am SO grateful for all that I learned, and for the person I've become. Friday I will no longer be a missionary representing the Savior, but I will be His disciple for the rest of my life.

I love you all SO much! Thanks for all your love and support!! I will see y'all soon! :)

With love,
Hermana Bringhurst :)

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