I'd really just like to thank you all so much for your support, love, and encourage to me throughout these past life changing months of my life/ mission to our heavenly father.
Within the past 3 months, a few health problems that I developed before my mission have come up again. The Lord has really blessed me with great health for the majority of my mission.
I've been at the missionary recovery center in Manila for the past week and the doctors said that they couldn't get proper diagnosis and medicine due to being in a 3rd world country and
refuse to send me back to the field. But in short, these health issues have taken a strong toll on fate, and I find myself unexpectedly returning home a transfer earlier than expected. I'm given an honorable release and leave sometime this week.
My companion from Legazpi, Sister Wilkins has been experiencing some health issues as well and the same experience is happening to her. So we will be going home together. We're kind of shocked that that this is happening to us together. But we're grateful we have each other to lean on for support and whatnot. I suppose another inclination of the Lord's perfect timing.
There have been so many miracles and manifestations the Lord has provided me with in accepting what's happening, and I ultimately feel at peace and have gained so much trust in our father in heaven.
With going to the temple frequently and receiving such strong personal revelation from Heavenly Father, I know that this is all part of His plan.
My faith in Christ has grown so much as I've relied so heavily on the merits of His atonement, prayer, and scripture study to receive answers to my many questions and comfort from leaving my beloved Filipino people.
Also, the timing of general conference has been impeccable.
Of course, Elder Jeffrey R Holland said everything everyone needed to hear, and within seconds of his presence, I felt the Lord's love in strong abundance. He has such a soft heart for missionaries and Ive watch many of his devotionals that have been therapeutic.
Some eternal truths that I learned from Elder Holland that have helped me grow in faith was when he reminded us that although the first and greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, might, mind and strength, our Heavenly Father loved us first. He created us. Elder Holland said,
"The first great truth of all eternity is that God loves us with all of HIS heart, HIS might, HIS mind, and HIS strength. That love is the foundation stone of eternity, and it should be the foundation stone of our daily life. Indeed it is only with that reassurance burning in our soul that we can have the confidence to keep trying to improve, keep seeking forgiveness for our sins, and keep extending that grace to our neighbor."
Because of this mission I am no longer afraid of tomorrow.
With the Lord's grace and His son's mercy, we get credit for trying.
Our efforts, our intentions mean everything to the Lord.
I'm so grateful for the sacred opportunity I had to wear my Savior's name over my heart everyday while here in the Philippines.
I'm so grateful for the love and lessons learned every single day with the filipino people.
Legazpi will forever hold a special place in my heart.
The people I've met on this adventure will forever be remembered.
I will never forget things i've seen, felt, and done here while serving in His vineyard.
I love the Lord so much, and am eternally grateful for Christ's sacrifice.
Because of Him, I can never be the same.
Because of Him, Christ is written in the fleshy tables of my Heart.
I trust and love the Lord.
It's been such a great journey. :)
Love you all! Till we meet again! :)