Sunday, August 14, 2016

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith."

This will be my last email before returning home since next week I will spend the bulk of P-day saying goodbye to people here that I've served in Australia. I just can't believe that it's already almost over. It astounds me how fast a mission seems to fly by, but I remember a quote from Elder Bednar when he visited our mission, he said "the closer you are to eternity, the less you are in time." I've walked closer to God now then I ever have in my previous life and missionary work deals with the uttermost eternal principles - I believe that's why missions go by so fast. 

Reflecting on past experiences has made me realize how many times that the Lord gave me little tastes of what it must have been like to walk the streets of Jerusalem i.e teaching, healing and serving others. Even though I'll take off the name badge soon, I will always hold the lord close to my heart with a knowledge that my service to him won't end when I leave Australia. Impressions have come to my mind suggesting that my life will be filled with many experiences of Church service so I'm just going to enjoy my mission while it lasts. I love the Lord and Heavenly Father so much. I hope one day I can be just like them. Elder Kaanapu

2 Timothy 4:6-7 "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith."

P.S I realize that these emails aren't super long, so when I come home I want to tell all my stories from my mission so everyone can actually be filled in on what happened. But for now, I'm just going to keep working while I can. I love you all!

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