I hope all of you are doing well and had great weeks!! So this is my last week at the MTC. As excited as I am to go out to Italy to experience the culture, the land, and the FOOD, I will sorely miss the MTC. This place has been incredible to me. I have grown to love the hours we have to study the scriptures. I have been past my breaking point and back when we have 6+ hours of language study/class everyday. I have learned to love the people around me and to see them for more than what they appear. I have learned that we can exceed what we see as our potential and most of the time we won’t even realize it. I have learned so many things and this place has been a gift!
An Elder in my district said earlier this week that we selflessly serve for two years and we “selfishly” receive a lifetime’s worth of blessings. I heard a similar version of this statement from my RA (Room Advisor) during my freshman year of College at BYU before I was even a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints just over a year and half ago.
I have learned this week that this mission is not for me. This mission is for everyone in Southern Italy that I even remotely come into contact with. This mission is for people that I have the privilege of serving and showing the love of Christ to on a daily basis. Through this service and this love I will be changed immensely, I will learn and hopefully exemplify many attributes of Christ to the best of my abilities. I will never be able to put into words how much this mission means to me. I will cherish this time for my whole life, I already know it. There is nothing I would rather be doing right now then serving God for 2 years of my life (2 of the shortest years I will have for my whole life) and learn how to become like Him in order to better serve my fellow man and woman.
Have amazing weeks and I will be praying for all of you.
Love you all!!
My brothers and sisters, to express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven.
President Thomas S. Monson
The Divine Gift of Gratitude