Happy 100th and Goodbye!
So I've been putting off my final blog for awhile because I wanted to have some epic last words before I left seeing as how this is my 100th post...but time got away from me and now you're stuck getting whatever nonsense is left in my head after days of shopping and hours of packing. So it goes. Hahaha. I think I'm funny sometimes. Or maybe that's the caffeine talking.
Anyways, I wish I could sit and write down all the diverse ways different people have helped (or in some cases hindered :-) me get to this point in my life. But of all the things that prompted me to serve a mission, perhaps the biggest factor was how grateful I am for all the ways my life has been blessed by friends and family. I would be nowhere today without them, and the reason I have them in my life is because the Lord, for some crazy reason, saw fit to bless me with them. I am inspired by their examples of selfless love and service, and I want them to know that they have helped me gain this testimony.
I know now, more than ever before, that I am a child of my Heavenly Father who loves me. I know that Jesus Christ is the only Savior, and that through him we can be redeemed and brought back to the presence of our Heavenly Father. His love manifests itself daily to me through the kind actions of others, and I feel its' sustaining power constantly. He is the Christ, and every one of us needs Him. I know the Book of Mormon is the true word of God that testifies of our Savior and brings us closer to Him as we study it. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God who restored the gospel to this earth. I also know that the priesthood is the true power of the Lord, and I have witnessed that power countless times. Thomas S. Monson is a true and living prophet today who leads and guides this church. I don't think these things are true, I don't just hope they are true, I know they are true. I am so grateful for this knowledge, and I cannot wait to go out and share my testimony of it with the people of the Dominican Republic. So farewell for 18 months!