Tuesday, August 6, 2013

See Ya In Eighteen Months!

It feels weird to say goodbye on the first post of a blog...But this is it!  I leave for Guatemala City in just a few hours!  I want to stay in touch with everyone, but I don't know how much time I'll have to write people.  So my parents will be posting my emails on here to keep everyone in the loop.  There should be a new post every week, so keep checking back!  You can also find other stuff about my mission on here, like how to write me and such.

Some last thoughts before I go...
  • Thanks for all the love and support as I've prepared to go on my mission.  There are so many people who have helped me and encouraged me.
  • Read the Book of Mormon!!  It's awesome and it's true.  I have a challenge for you if you feel brave enough to take it. If you read one page (or 12ish verses) of the Book of Mormon every day, I'll be back right around the time you finish.  Easy, right?!  >>>click here to accept the challenge!<<<
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church on the earth today.  I have been so blessed to have a knowledge of Christ and His gospel.  I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that Heavenly Father instructed him to restore the fullness of the Gospel to the earth just as it was when Christ established it.  I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God.  It's impossible to read it with an open heart and not feel closer to Christ.  I know that God continues to reveal His word through a living prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson.  Following the Prophet will keep you safe and happy.  I know that families can be together forever through the blessings of the temple.  I know that Jesus Christ lived a perfect life to set an example for us.  He atoned for our sins, sorrows, weaknesses, and any trial we might face.  When we call on Him for help, we cannot fail.  He lives.  He and our Father in Heaven love us more than we can comprehend, and if we follow their counsel we can live with them again someday.  Knowing these things has blessed my life so much, and I hope I can share it and help others feel the power that comes through this knowledge.
I think that's it.  Keep checking back for my letters!  I love you all!