Ahhh I just got an email with my flight info--sooo unreal. It feels like yesterday I got here in Brazil speaking no Portuguese and so excited to just teach and help people. my trainers from my mission in the US both went home recently and one of them went home last week and she was talking about the talk by President Uchtdorf in the April General Conference session titled "Grateful in Any Circumstances,`` where he says: We Are Not Made for Endings
In light of what we know about our eternal destiny, is it any wonder thatwhenever we face the bitter endings of life, they seem unacceptable to us?There seems to be something inside of us that resists endings.
Why is this? Because we are made of the stuff of eternity. We are eternal beings, children of the Almighty God, whose name is Endless13 and who promises eternal blessings without number. Endings are not our destiny.
The more we learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ, the more we realize that endings here in mortality are not endings at all. They are merely interruptions—temporary pauses that one day will seem small compared to the eternal joy awaiting the faithful.
How grateful I am to my Heavenly Father that in His plan
there are are no true endings, only everlasting beginnings.
(Thanks Sister May ;P) I really am grateful though for the knowledge that I have of the plan of salvation. I feel like I am just so lucky to have been born into a family where I was taught these eternal truths. I am humbled as I think about all the blessings that I have received at home and on my mission--many tender mercies and blessings that I did not deserve. I am grateful for a loving heavenly father and my family and amazing influence that they are and have been for me. I have been blessed with incredible support on my mission--all the emails and cards and encouragement. I hope to be able to do something for my savior in these last few weeks of my full-time mission and for the rest of my life to express how grateful I am and how happy I am to have been given so much. It´s like the song ``because I have been given much I too much give.``
It has been incredible to see the happiness that the gospel has brought into my life and into the life of the investigators and members that I´ve taught. Yesterday João brought his friend to church; Edgar loved it and has been going through a hard time since his close friend had an accident and is now in a coma. On sunday, he found a peace that I know that he didn´t find in alcohol or any of the things that the world offered to help him feel better. I am so grateful to be able to see the gospel change lives and complete the happiness that others didn´t even know they were looking for.
This is turning into a novel or my journal. It´s always so hard to write emails to try to sum up my feelings/thoughts from a week of this work, but hope you all can know how much I love each of you and how grateful I am for all you have done for me and taught me through your words and examples.