I can't wrap my mind around the fact that in just two days I will be a "returned missionary." Somehow I never imagined myself fitting into that category. Well, not sure that I will "fit" into it now, but I'll pertain to it, anyway....
I just have one thing to say, really. I love Chile. It is as much a part of me now as movies and Harry Potter and tap dancing and trees and running and chocolate chip cookies ever were. It's home. I have it written in my heart and I will carry it with me always. I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father for blessing me with the opportunity to know this place and these people. I know all returned missionaries think that ther mission is the best in the world, but I invite each and every one of you to give Chile a try. You will all soon be in agreement with me that la misión Chile Concepción es ¡la MEJOR MISIÓN DEL MUNDO!
And now that I will soon be starting the "best phase" on my life (this is what everyone tells me when I blow a raspberry and give them a thumbs-down sign when they ask me how I feel about going home, but I am not convinced), I want to invite you all to stay with me in keeping up with our commitments to read and pray every day. Last night a few families from the ward put together a little surprise gong-away noche de hogar, and they shared with me 2 Nephi 32:8-9 and D&C 14:7 and we talked about how it is essential that we endure to the end (return missionary or no), and that it starts with the simplest of things - scriptures, prayer, and church attendance. So that is my invitation to you all for this week and for all the weeks to come. Let's endure to the end together!
I love you all so much and I am so grateful for all the love and support you have given me for this past year-and-a-bit. See you all soon!
Lovelovelovelovelovelovelove for the last time from Chile,