"And this is not all. Do ye not suppose that I know of these things for myself? Behold, I testify unto you that I do know that these things I have spoken are true. And how do ye suppose that I know of their surety? 46. Behold, I say unto you they are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God... 48. I say unto you, that whatsoever I shall say unto you, concerning that which is to come, is true; and I say unto you, that I know that Jesus Christ shall come, yea, the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace, and mercy, and truth. And behold, it is he that cometh to take away the sins of the world, yea, the sins of every man who steadfastly believeth on his name. 49. And now I say unto you that this is the order after which I am called, yea, to preach unto my beloved brethren."
"Come unto Christ and be perfected in him and deny yourselves of all ungodliness."
First things first. Joseph got
baptized!! How amazing it was! His father Jaime and his mom and cousin came.
Joseph just couldn't stop smiling the whole day and into next day he was
smiling even bigger for his confirmation of the Holy Ghost. What a guy. I'm so
proud of him.
Speaking and singing at the baptism
and on Sunday for church all went smoothly too! I'm so glad the mission has
taught me how to write a talk in a short amount of time and to present it well
enough for people to understand, but I guess that's mostly the spirit.
As expected it was a roller coaster
of a week, and now that it's over my comps and I are all like, "now
what?" We just had that awesome whirl wind experience last week that left
us crying and smiling so now what is left for this week? Well brothers and
sisters this is basically how I know I am going to feel coming back home from my
mission, so I'm glad I'm somewhat prepared. BUT I know, I know there are things
waiting for me. It's literally right around the corner and I can't turn back.
Trust me I tried a couple of times, and I realized that ain't no fun. So I'm
gonna face that corner and turn it with confidence, heck I might even peek
around the corner! But ok this analogy is making less and less sense. The point
is that I am looking forward to coming home because in all honesty I feel like
I'm starting my mission over. I got my flight plans a couple weeks ago and it
felt like my call letter to my mission. This Ward that I am in now is like a
family to me and it's going to break my heart to leave them but I know I have
family and friends back home excited to see me and for me to share with them
the things that I learned. This is a never ending cycle, which I'm grateful for
because it's a never ending cycle of happiness.
Most people we come across ask, why
are you here on your missions? What is the point? And my answer is simple really.
I know God lives and loves us. I've seen it. It's so clear the evidence of Him
today it excites me! We have a prophet today who God has called to lead us in
these troubled times. What the prophets say I know comes from God because as I
have listened and followed their words I have seen marvelous changes happen in
my life, and the lives of others. God is preparing each and everyone of us for
the time when we meet Him and He asks what we have done to grow, learn, serve,
and so much more. I hope to make Him proud everyday. The path to do so is
Also! Just so that I don't surprise
anyone, I just want y'all to know that I've changed a lot on my mission. But
I'm still me, of course. Probably the biggest change I'd have to say is that I
dyed my hair. Lol jk. But no I really did dye my hair. BUT back to the
change. I'd like to say that My mission has made me more confident, more
faithful, more obedient, more loving, more humble, and more patient. But of
course on my return I still want to improve and change more, because this is
not the end of my mission :). Change is so exciting. This excitement wouldn't
be possible without the atonement of Christ. Oh my goodness He loves us so
much. I have felt this love, and it's beyond words of how complete and perfect
it is. I have been studying the atonement for the last few months of my
mission, sometimes I forget but then I realize that I studied it on accident,
and I have learned and felt so much. I know Christ lives today. It's so amazing
how much peace I feel knowing this is true.
I'm sorry I know I could ramble on
and on in my testimony, but I'm sure those who are reading are used to it :)
Well, I think this is the longest
email I have ever written, or that I will ever write. I look forward to seeing
you all next week! Wow.... next week.
My homecoming talk will be at 9800 Foothills
Canyon Blvd. Highlands Ranch, CO 80129 on March 19 at 1pm. Please come!
I'd love to see your beautiful face :)