Monday, June 5, 2017

Last one

Well this is it. It still doesnt feel real but this is the last email home. First ill give a run down of my last full week as a missionary...

Wednesday we grinded all day long. Nobody was home. We saw these 3 surfer guys playing basketball at a park so ofcourse we went and played them on 3 on 3. They were complete surf bums so we won like 11 to 2 but it was super fun. Later that day we went and finished transfer planning then President Thomas took us out to dinner.

Thursday we took the new missionaries down to Mormon Battalion. It gets old after the 5th time haha but still a good experience. I got to see a lot of missionaries that ive served around so that was fun. Thursday evening we taught a less active who is returning and he is super cool. He has a goal to get to the temple ASAP though and we talked a lot about that during our lesson. It was fun and im gonna miss teaching him!

Friday was one of the most spiritual days of my entire mission. We started it off with a meeting for all of the new leaders in the mission. Afterwards President Thomas gave me my exit interview. He gave me some great advice and counsel for the next part of my life. What made the interview great is because we have gotten so close the past 6 months. He gave me a Priesthood blessing at the end and it was an emotional moment for both of us. (First time ive cried on my mission). Later that day we joined President and Sister Thomas on date night. We went to road kill (Texas Road House). Afterwards the young men from a stake in southern utah came to high adventure over here and asked President Thomas if he could do a fireside for them. Usually he would of said no but he said yes to them and then he invited me and my companions to join. There was about 70-80 young men and their leaders. A bunch of small town hicks haha.  Each on of us talked to them for a couple of minutes about what we wish we would of known before our mission. Then we had a question and answer portion where the youth asked anything they wanted about our missions. It was a cool time to reflect on everything ive done. To finish the meeting me, Elder Horton, and Elder Higginson taught all of them the Restoration in 4 minutes. The Spirit was strong and undeniable. Everyone in the room felt it. I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored in its fulness. 

Saturday we did some paperwork and wrapped up the logistics of transfer then got out and after it again. We had dinner with the Norriss that night. It was a sad goodbye! Ive been having dinner with them for almost every week for a year. I love those guys. 

Sunday we went to Edson Range in the morning and they had me bear my testimony cause im going home soon. I love that place. Ive had some great experiences and learned so much out there. We then went to Carlsbad YSA and had church there. I said by to the Ballifs, Wallaces, and Morenos Sunday evening. Some great families that i have gotten close to. 

Overall it was a pretty great week. I cant believe my mission is coming to an end. I know most of you probably dont think i wrote this email because its the longest email i have written my entire mission. I have loved my mission. It has taught me so much. I have met so many people that i love and appreciate. I am so thankful for the experiences that i have had. I cant ever give back what my mission has given me. 

See you soon

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