No, I am not writing this from Hawaii :)…we are in Czech Republic! But I asked my mom how to say hello in German (as we have spent the past several days in Austria) and she thought I said “Hawaiian.” So, she replied with “Aloha! A-L-O-H-A.” ha-ha! In her defense, I did ask her in the middle of her nap on a noisy train ;).
Though despite the noise, and the temptation to take a nice long nap, I’m back! Just in time for P-day too! ;) Though every day is p-day, now that I am just hanging out in Europe with my family. What a wonderful experience it was to see my family again for the first time in 18 months. As you can imagine, hugging my mom and dad for the first time in so long was an absolute dream, and many tears were shed! However, not ALL those tears, were tears of joy. Many of them came sporadically over the next several days as I had moments of, “We’re not in Kansas anymore Toto!” and had to sit down to take a few minutes to hold and stare at my missionary badge, cry, read my scriptures, pray, and get myself back up and out the door for our next excursion.
Much of our missions are spent fantasizing about our reuniting with family and friends. Then, when our missions are finished, we spend our days dreaming about the mission! Having said this… I am going to take a couple minutes to do a little mission reminiscing :).
One Last ‘Mission’ Miracle.
For our last day in the mission, President Babin arranged for the “dying missionaries” to drive down to the temple for a VIP tour. Having already gone through the temple presentation several times within the past week, I admit I wasn’t jumping up and down at the thought of spending my last day in Paris this way. But I was soon to learn, after a mission full of miracles, that The Lord had one final special miracle prepared just for me.
Once the temple tour had ended, we were invited to sit in the Celestial Room to meditate and pray about our mission. As well as, to fix goals for our return home. The past several days had been very difficult for me as it was becoming clear to me that my mission ACTUALLY was coming to its’ end. So, I felt impressed to pray and ask the Lord one simple question: “Are you happy with the mission I have served?” Shortly after asking the Lord my question, we were asked to exit the room. Though I had not yet received an answer, I was sure it would come.
Then, we walked out of the temple and ran straight into…. Elder Renland! One of the twelve apostles. He took the time to shake each of our hands. Then, as he was about to leave, our mission president’s wife made a comment about us finishing our missions. Elder Renland’s eyes filled with tears and he said, “Well, then let me just say something to them please.” Then he looked at us (I felt as though he was looking directly at me) and he said, “I speak on behalf of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and I say to you… Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for the marvelous work you have done here. The Lord is grateful, and he is proud of you.”
My eyes filled with tears as I recognized my response from the Lord. I know, that he is happy with the mission I have served.
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I feel very honored to have had the opportunity to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the France, Paris Mission.