Sunday, August 24, 2014

Coming Home : Testimony


Well I guess there’s a lot of catching up to do.
I haven’t fully decided what I want to do with my blog at the moment so until I do, I’ll pick up from where I left ott.
(feel free to comment and make suggestions on specific things you’d like i.e. return missionary advice, pre-mission advice, etc.)
So my last post was full of a lot of mixed emotions, leaving what I’ve come to know as my home for the past 18 months and actually returning HOME.
I had my last district meeting the day after my last post, which was the strangest thing ever, I didn’t feel like I was leaving.
Flying to Trinidad honestly felt like we were just flying to do zone conference or something. Part of me just didn’t want my mission to end.
It was a very joyous occasion to see my beloved MTC companion, Sister Aimee Edmonds again!
(Alma 17:2-3 status)
  18 months since we served together!! Yet we were closer than ever!
The mission home was the strangest day. Don’t get me wrong, it was great to see everyone and talk to everyone but I still felt like I was going to see investigators that night or even the next day. I felt like there was a lesson that I needed to be preparing for etc.
It felt like the longest day because we weren’t teaching or going out to see people, we were inside all day.
I cherished my time I had to be interviewed by President Mehr, I can not explain my love and appreciation for him and Sister Mehr, They are honestly the best examples for us Misisonaries.
We had a great Q and A panel and had a very spiritual and sacred Testimony meeting.
The next day was FULL of crazy emotions.
We were dropped off at the airport and I am of course the only one flying on the east coast out of the big group of us leaving. It was nice to have that time to reflect on all the amazing experiences.
I had a first flight to Miami and then from Miami to Washington D.C!
Down below are some pictures of the airport. I was greeted by my parents, of course, and my best friend in the whole world, and very good family friends!
First meal coming home: Chipotle (of course!)
I then was set apart, which was the saddest part of it all.
I felt so grateful for everything that I experienced and I was heartbroken that I wasn’t going to be a full-time missionary anymore.
I can’t express how grateful I was at that moment for the Spirit and it’s comfort at that time.

I guess I’ll end with some inserts from my Returning Home with Honor Packet. It was something that was well put together and am grateful that I had the chance to reflect back on what I’ve learned and what I’ve come to know.

My Testimony:

There are so many things that I’ve come to know that I’m not sure that I can express it the way that I feel.
I know and Love Heavenly Father’s Plan of Salvation for His children. I become more grateful for it every time I have the opportunity to teach it. I know that God is our Loving Heavenly Father who knows me inside and out and has saved me from physical and spiritual dangers by letting me be out her and serve His children. I am so grateful that the mission has been a part of His plan for me. I am so grateful for the Savior in Heavenly Fathers plan and am amazed and so grateful to have witnessed and experience the joy that comes from partaking of His Atonement. I am grateful for the struggles and trials in life that have let me to a closer relationship with Heavenly Father and feel so I love the family as part of His plan and know that it is only by obeying the gospel in and with our I believe that there is a reason for every experience that He gives us in this life and it is all for our benefit. I am so grateful for those He has put in my life to support and serve along this path. I know that it is only by serving others that we are happy and when we truly find ourselves and that is why I know that God is there. That He’s patiently waiting to hear from us every day. I have felt His love and comfort at the times I’ve needed it the most. I know that He loves ALL His children and is so I love praying to him and am so grateful to receive answers through the scriptures. I am so grateful for the Book of Mormon. I know it is the Word of God, and because it is that the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored through a Prophet, even Joseph Smith. I know that the doctrines and principles taught in this church are true. I know that it is only by simply obeying the

Advice to a new Missionary:

The Lord will test your faith. The moments when you struggle or fear to contact a person or teach a lesson are the times you must overcome that fear because a big blessing/miracle is behind it. The Lord will test your faith in order for you to experience miracles.
You MUST trust Him, this is HIS work. If you are simply faithful and exactly obedient to the Spirit, the Lord will lead you to those who are prepared.

How I changed during my mission:

My heart has definitely softened and I’ve become more submissive to God’s will and plan forme.
I’ve seen that He’s put me in situations that I wouldn’t have chosen but I now see they were far better than what I thought would make me happy. I have definitely grown in the knowledge of the Gospel and scriptures and it has cleared my view so much of how much the gospel blesses lives.
I’ve definitely changed and improved my view about the family as part of His plan and my family in particular. I am grateful that I’ve experience a change in heart towards them. I am more in tune with what the Spirit is prompting me to do and have learned to trust in those promptings.
I know that the Lords promises will be fulfilled because I’ve seen them work and I’ve learned to simply just trust in the commandments and His promises even though I don’t see the result right away.
I’ve come to know and understand my role in this work and that I have a lot to do.



 My last District Meeting/Zone Meeting :(
 Our district at the airport (LOVE THEM ALL!)
 REUNITED!!!!
 All my islands!
 On the bus ride back after we all have bawled our eyes out!
Reunited with Sister Tia and Now AP Telga (yeah SXM missionaries:)



 ***Oh I forgot!
So I tried to make the most of my last few days of my mission, so something I did was try to capture sayings that us West Indies MIssionaries pick up from serving in the Caribbean. If you haven't been or served in the West Indies, I'll ward you and say it probably won't make much sense or be very funny, if you have...it might be funny