Well the time has come. In less than 24 hours, I will be on Utah soil hugging my family! And hunting all you down so I can hug you too ;) Man the time has flown faster than my plane will at 6 tomorrow! Not to be cliché or anything. But it really has gone fast. I loved it and struggled through it and did it, and how grateful I am for it.
I'll save most of my thoughts on the blessings of a mission for my homecoming talk (LITERALLY all of you are strongly exhorted to come, see the attached invitation), but as some simple thoughts on my mission.
There are few things more selfish than a teenager finishing high school. It is all about them. And there is nothing more selfless than serving a mission. God commands us to go on a mission at a young age to teach us that this life isn't intended to be lived thinking about yourself. Of course, obviously, we are here to obtain salvation for ourselves, and must focus on ourselves first in that sense. But a main part of that is to help others to do the same. I have learned to think of others. That has changed me more than anything else.
Beyond that? Life is meant to enjoyed! It took me so long to learn to enjoy being a missionary! How is that? This is a Gospel of joy! Not that it means we will be happy all the time. But our lives ought to crescendo in happiness.
I just want to express my gratitude for my mission. It has changed me. In ways perhaps that are not obvious on the outside. But I am changed. My purpose is changed. My heart is change. I can't wait to see you all! I love you all. I expect to hug you all, preferably soon :) Until then,
Let us all press on!
FINAL GOODBYES & LAST WEEK PICS