Not really sure what to write about for the last one. I guess I'll just share a few thoughts that are going through my head right now about the mission...
1. God's intention is for Man to be happy.
-God will do nothing, save it is to help his children become more happy. that does not mean we won't have trials. in fact, those trials are there so that we can grow and learn how to be more happy. one of the big things I learned on my mission is that we can be happy in all circumstances! just because we may not be having a good day (even if our day was terrible) does not mean we have to show and tell everyone about it! we can do as christ says about fasting, and "do our deeds in secret, as our father who is in heaven seeth in secret". invitation: be happy!! it's a choice.
2. service is the finest exercise for the heart ever prescribed.
-we all know that famous scripture in Mosiah 2:17 "when you are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God". I am 100% converted to this scripture. I cannot even begin to describe to you the joy that comes from service. especially when you serve someone in an eternal way; meaning helping them come unto christ. if you are ever in a difficult time, I testify to you that the way out is by forgetting yourself in the service of your God. even if you don't believe in God, go and serve someone, in some way. whatever you do, forget yourself and go to work. I guarantee you will find happiness.
3. finishing a mission does not mean that we are finished.
-a lot of people have been asking me lately "what are you going to do when you get home?" or "how are you feeling about finishing" and whatnot. I simply tell them I am going to be doing the exact same thing when I get home! its not the end of my "mission". in fact, it is really the beginning of my mission- the beginning of true discipleship and conversion. I am excited for my next transfer when i'll be getting transferred to san Ramon, CA and will have a whole new ward and whole new people to with. it's going to be great.
there you go everyone. I have a lot more thoughts running through my head, I just don't have enough time to write them all down...
This is His Church. He is the Christ.
ps. got to play baseball this week a little! oh boy am I horrible now...lol