My heart is so full right now. Full of gratitude and love.
First of all, before I get into my thoughts - JIM LEAVENS FROM NAPANEE WAS BAPTIZED!!! I can't even tell you all how excited and happy I am. The Gospel is TRUE!
This week was INCREDIBLE. I felt so much spirit, peace, and power within me. Miracles were all around us, and I am so happy.
I'll give you a break down of my last week. :)
There is so much more detail I could give you, but you'll have to wait until I'm home!
I've been pondering for awhile about what I would say in my last email home to all of you. As I look back over the past 18 months of my life, I am overcome with gratitude to my Father in Heaven. I thought back to when I first came to this wonderful land and how much of an adjustment it has been. I felt so homesick, inadequate, and overwhelmed with everything I needed to learn. What a humbling experience it was to learn how to rely on my Savior to make it through. As a result, I have come to have a rooted testimony in the Atonement of Jesus Christ. The interesting thing is, my circumstances never changed, and things never got easier - but things got so much better. Why? Because I learned to rely on the Savior. The Atonement is redemptive and enabling. Some of the events that I experienced brought me to my knees and allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the Plan of Salvation and the purpose of coming to earth. I know that there is life after death, and that we will be together forever as a family.
"You leave a girl and come back a woman." I always had a testimony of the restored Gospel. I have never doubted God's love for me - but most of it was rooted in my parents.....and I thank them so much for raising all of us in such a loving home. That testimony has now sprouted to a deep and abiding conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I've come to know my Savior like never before. I have never felt God's love more in my entire life. I've received revelation in ways that I didn't even know were possible, and I am so thankful for the Spirit.
I know that I was called of God to come to the Canada Toronto Mission. God makes no mistakes, and He has placed me in the lives of those I needed to find. I feel as though I have completed my work here, and it is time to continue it at home. I have put FAITH IN EVERY FOOTSTEP. My sole purpose has been to invite others to come unto Christ, and I've been so blessed to witness people accept that invitation. Hearts that were once broken were put back together. Families that were torn apart were healed. Souls that were burdened felt relief. People who were lonely felt purpose. I've witnessed God pour out His love to His amazing children in Canada. I love this country, and I will always treasure the incredible people.
I don't really know how to put my feelings into words. I am humbled and full of joy. I know that God is our loving Heavenly Father. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and the Redeemer of the world. I know Joseph Smith was called as a Prophet and that he did in reality translate the Book of Mormon. I know that the Priesthood has once again been restored to the earth and that we can seal our families for eternity.
I wanted to finish off with a scripture that sums up everything -
"And this is the account of Sister Hardcastle and her brethren and sisters, their journeying in the land of Toronto, their sufferings in the land, their sorrows, and their afflictions, and their incomprehensible joy... And now may the Lord, the Redeemer of all men, bless their souls forever." - Alma 28:8
I want to thank you all for the support and love that you have shown to me. I will be forever grateful for all of you. Most of all, I want all of my fellow Canadian Saints to know of my love for them. I will come back and visit. I PROMISE!
SEE YOU ALL SOON!
"Have Faith, Have Hope, Live Like His Son, Help Others On Their Way"
|Canada Toronto Mission!!!|
|They were on sale. Be proud, Dad!|
|Inge! Wonderful woman.|
|I love the Lipop's!|
|I love Julie Cassidy!|
|Mehdi, Sadena, and Ratin!|
|Faith In Every Footstep.|
|Lunch with the Smith's from Hamilton.|
|SEE YOU IN 2 DAYS|
|Theresa and Sarah!|
|I love the Bird's!|
|Kels and Mao!|
|The Wonderful Despain fam!|
|Brother and Sister Rowden!|