Saturday, March 25, 2017

Until We Meet Again

know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and glory in it. do not glory of myself, but glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy.

And behold, when see many of my brethren truly penitent, and coming to the Lord their God, then is my soul filled with joy; then do remember what the Lord has done for me, yea, even that he hath heard my prayer; yea, then do remember his merciful arm which he extended towards me.

Alma 29:9-10

I LOVE MY MISSION!!!  It's as simple as that.  I am living the dream.  I have lived it and loved it right up until the end.  My mission has been the most incredible experience of my entire life.  Working here in the service of the Lord has been a dream come true. I share in the words of Alma as if they were my own words, "my soul has been filled with joy".  Of course it hasn't always been fun or easy every minute of every day.  There have been days of frustration, days of disappointment, days of tiredness, and days of sadness.  But here in Mexico City, I have had Some of the Happiest Days of my Life as I have stood as a witness of the greatness of God - feeling of the power of the Atonement in my own life and seeing its effect in the lives of others.  I have seen the Miracles that come to the lives of those who change and come unto God. The Lord has done so much for me.  I know that even though I am infinitely small in His Great Plan, To Him, I am of infinite worth. Just as with Alma, I testify that he has heard my prayers.  I have been strengthened by his all-powerful hand and raised up by his merciful arm.  

I truly love the people here in Mexico City. I have laughed with them, I have cried with them, I have loved them, and with them, I have been changed.  All of my life I have awaited the day when I could serve as a missionary and I never could have imagined loving it so much!  I have lost myself in this work.  I do not feel that I have sacrificed anything - sure I left things at home and put things on hold and gave of my time, energy, and dedication - but this has been the most rewarding experience of my life, and I wouldn't change it for anything.

I love my Savior.  He has rescued me from the gall of bitterness and I have come to feel and know of my Savior's infinite love, power, and mercy for each one of us. As I have fallen, He has helped me up.  As I have pressed through hard times, continuing towards the light at the end of the tunnel, I have always found my Savior there to give me the strength to go on.  I have come to know even more of the truthfulness of the gospel and its power.  I glory in my God!!!  I shout Hosanna to His name!!!  I Love This Gospel, I Love This Great Work, I Love My New Family of Brothers and Sisters here in Mexico, and I Love My Incredible Family and Friends that I will be seeing soon.  I Love Our Savior and His Goodness and I will Praise Him Forever.  

I Love You All!!!

Elder Jarrett

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