Now let me tell you about my last full week in the mission field. (That's still weird to say but I am coming to grips with it.)
On Monday after I emailed you we ended our day with some bowling. Some missionaries from our Zone joined us, safe to say I still got it. It was pretty fun, except for I felt like exploding after that pizza challenge. That night we went to a Christmas Concert at the Mesa Event Center in downtown Mesa. Our Elders Quorum President's wife was in it so he asked if we could bring an investigator and come with him. We asked President and he was fine with it so we took M-----, that is getting baptized on the 20th. It wasn't an LDS sponsored event or anything but they did have the Bible Videos depicting the Saviors birth playing behind the orchestra and choir so their was a pretty big LDS influence. It was really fun and a great way to continue helping M---- feel comfortable with the Ward members.
We started offwith a Stake Correlation Meeting and breakfast, followed by another breakfast with a member named M---- that is returning to activity, and then it was off to fill up the font for J-----'s baptism! The baptism was great. The talks were awesome and the Ward really showed up to support him. J----- had the opportunity to bare his testimony after he was baptized. He's a very charismatic kid, he stood up there and explained how he knew he would be happy after he was baptized but that he felt happier than if he was at Disneyland haha. It was perfect. He also said he knew the Book of Mormon was true, that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that Thomas S. Monson was a prophet as well. So cool. M---- also passed his baptism interview right after the baptism, he is getting baptized night. :) After his baptism the Ward will have reached their goal of 4 baptisms for the year.
Well... I haven't decided how I feel about coming home yet, I haven't chosen an emotion yet. Everyone asks whether I'm sad, excited, etc. But I'm not sure. I know I'm excited to see all of you again and I'm sad that I will no longer be a full time missionary. I have loved my mission so much and I wouldn't change it for the world. It's crazy to think I'm going back to little Riverton, Utah. It's crazy think who I was before. I'm me still but I'm different... I don't know how to explain it. There was a member in my first area that told me that he thought the real reason the church sends young people on missions is for our benefit and baptizing is an after product. But as I look back on my mission I realize that the moments that have changed me most are the times I was inviting others to Christ. The times I was helping them change their lives. It wasn't simply living on my own, making my own bed, cooking my own lunch, or anything else. It was the simple fact that in inviting others to come to Christ I was inviting myself to do the same. I know this church is true, I know that God is my Father and that He loves me. I will see you soon. :)
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George will be home Dec 18th 2014 at 10:16 AM. Yea!!!
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