I'm going to try to sum up a few things I've learned for you.
- We need to give our entire selves to the Lord. And let Him sculpt us into the masterpiece He knows we can become. We have all of these flaws that the Savior can heal and change, but we have to be willing to put ourselves in His hands for Him to be able to do His masterwork. The power of the Atonement is real and applicable every day.
- Faith really brings about miracles. When He says we should ask and we will recieve, He means it. Sometimes the answer isn't exactly what we thought it would be, but it is always something better.
- Also the power of the preisthood really brings about miracles. My testimony of the priesthood has shot through the roof on this mission.
- Heavenly Father loves us so much. And He is so merciful. I have not been anywhere close to being a perfect missionary, and yet I have seen Him helping me along, blessing me and my efforts.
- I didn't know it was possible to love so many people. I was a very self-centered person before, and I was alright not opening my heart to many people. But now I hold so many people in my heart, and the cool thing is I know I can fit more people in there!
- Patience is more than just holding on, and sticking through it, and waiting something out. Patience is enduring well, and peacefuly, with faith and hope.
- The home and family is so important. I knew that before, now I know it even more. I have seen so many broken and dysfunctional lives, and it always comes down to the environment of the home. And in a Gospel sense particularly, we have to be raising children in the Gospel with intentional parenting.
- Members are REALLY important in missionary work. I've repented of being neglectful of that before the mission and will be a better member missionary from now on.
- Also, I have said it a billion times, but as Americans we are richly, richly blessed. In every way possible.
Love you lots and see you soon,