What a crazy week! We were running all over the place trying to obtain gear and equipment to do our Light the World musical event, and we had to make a TON of phone calls and run all over Concordia, but we saw a lot of miracles and were able to put everything together to light the world in downtown Concordia. The event started fine, but then it started to rain, and then hail! Luckily, we were under a little roof, so we just kept singing all through the rain, and the people who were watching hid under openings in the buildings and continued to watch until the rain let up and they came out again. Nothing can stop the work of the Lord. :)
Well, the time has come. Time has flown, and I don't know what to say. I'd just like to share some of my letter to Presidente Perez this week:
President, I am feeling so many different emotions. I don´t know if I should feel happy, sad, excited, anxious, nervous ... It's hard to explain. I am very happy that I am going to meet my family, and that I am going to be with my siblings, my parents, my cousins, uncles, grandparents, etc., but I am also sad, because I will miss the mission a lot, and I still feel that there is a lot to do. I want to keep working here in Concordia. I have developed such a great love for the people of this city, especially the members and investigators with whom I have been able to interact. They are huge examples of faith and dedication to the Lord, and I greatly appreciate what they have taught me through their examples. I have also learned a lot from the people who have joined the church, the ones I have taught, and also met through baptismal interviews and other means. They have made so many sacrifices and demonstrated such great faith that I remain in admiration of their conversion and willingness to do the will of the Lord. I hope to be more like them. I have also learned a lot from the many missionaries I have met in these two years, those who have been my leaders, those I have led, and also the others with whom I have spoken and whom I have met. Each experience I value very much, and my mission will be forever a huge treasure for me. I also feel that my mission has changed my life, and that it will mark the beat of my life forever. It placed me more firmly in the path of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I achieved a testimony and a conversion. I learned that there really is nothing more valuable than the work of the Lord. I have learned that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only way to true happiness. I have learned that faith is action, and that if we do not act, we do not exercise faith, and no miracle ever comes. I have learned that obedience is the very material that makes up the pathway that leads to the presence of God. I have learned that blessings are decisions, and that God has shown us the way to be blessed; all we have to do is decide to do what he showed us. I have learned that pride does not serve us, and that it only brings us sorrow and pain, while humility heals wounds and strengthens ties. I have learned that integrity is fundamental to serving God, and of the value of honesty. I have learned that everyone is a child of God, and that each one, no matter how they look or what they are doing or how they are living, has enormous potential, and if we see them as God sees them, we will feel the same love that He feels for them. I have learned that personal spiritual preparation is necessary and crucial every day. I have learned that when we follow the counsel and commandments of the living prophet, we receive the promised blessings, and we see miracles in our lives. I have learned that only through the Holy Spirit can the work of the Lord be done, and that we are mere instruments in the hands of God. Above all, I have learned that Jesus Christ lives. I have learned that He is my Savior, and that He made possible through His Atonement the great plan of redemption, and that that plan works on a very close and personal level with each one of us. I know He lives, I know He knows me, and I will forever be deeply grateful to Him for His infinite love in atoning for my sins. I will serve Him for the rest of my life, and I hope to use and magnify my talents in such a way that they can be of use to Him in His great work.
Also, President, I want to thank you for all that you have done for me in my mission. You always took the time to listen to me, to counsel me, to teach me, and to support me. I felt your love for me, and I can not tell you all the things I learned from you. You taught me that love is always more important than the problem. You taught me that the most important work is the work of the Lord. You taught me to act always with courage, using every moment and every opportunity, instead of postponing things when we have the opportunity to act. You taught me that the Spirit is crucial in this work, and also that we can feel and follow it if we look for it with true intention to follow it. You taught me the importance of faith, and of persevering to the end with faith, never doubting or fearing, only trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ. You taught me that verification is key to performance, and accountability is also essential for progress, whether personal or in groups, and that it is an eternal principle. You taught me to follow my leaders, because you always follow your leaders, and with faithfulness and full confidence. You taught me to be humble, because you never believed you were better than anyone. Rather, you were ready to serve and honor the sacrifices of others, never calling attention to yourself. There are so many things that you have taught me President, and I can not tell you all, but know that you have changed my life with your example and your words. Thank you, President, thank you very much. I love you and I fully sustain you, and I will always be grateful for the great opportunity I had to serve with you in this mission. Thank you, President. I know that the Lord Jesus Christ lives, and I will serve Him and my Heavenly Father until the day I die, and then I will continue to serve, because that is true happiness, and it is God's plan for us. This is my testimony and my determination.
I know that God lives. This is His Church. Jesus Christ is our Savior, and His gospel is our plan to happiness. If we live His commandments, we will gain eternal life. I know it, I have lived it, and I will continue to live it because I love it with all my heart.
Thank you to all who have written and supported me, and I will see you all shortly!
|Farewell lunch with the Vasquez family|
|Farewell lunch for Elder Meyers|
|Divisions with Elder Tiznado, a new missionary who got here last week!|
|Divisions with Elder Daniel!|
|Heading out to the Light the World activity!|
|Set up for the Light the World activity!|
|Celebrating after the activity with ice cream and pizza :)|
|Saying goodbye to all the people :( |
|Mario y Carolina Caceres|
|Familia Caceras y Maira|