Wednesday, October 15, 2014

This is my last week in Sweden!

I love Stockholm
Zi Ping gets baptized! So happy for him!!!
This last week has been really good, it doesn't feel real yet, the fact that I'm going home soon.  But ready or not here it comes.  I am excited to see my family, my friends, excited to return home.  But not excited to stop being a missionary.  I know that missionary work is no program, it's a cause.  It's the cause of our Father in Heaven and our Savior, and their hand is so evident in it.  I feel little, very little in the grand scheme of things, considering that I have been in his service these last two years, who am I to have been blessed in the ways I have been.  I know my life will forever be changed because of my
a street in Stockhom with autumn leaves
 mission…my mission is just changing from Sweden to my lifelong mission of loving people and serving those who are around me.  I am filled with such gratitude that I was called to serve the people of Sweden these two years.  It was an inspired calling.  I know that I have grown so much from this experience, and from all of the missionaries I have known, and the people I have met, and my two mission Presidents.  I have come to love the people, the land, the culture, everything here.  A part of my heart will always be in the streets of Stockholm and lakes of Sweden.  I feel like I am leaving home all over again.  
   My biggest source of comfort now was also expressed by Paul right before the end of his ministry, "and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith".  I have done my best to represent the Lord and Savior, I have not been perfect, but I have worked full speed, and will until the very end.  I know that the church is true having been restored through a living prophet, yes even Joseph Smith.  And today, we have Thomas S. Monson, a living Prophet who leads and guides us.  I love the Book of Mormon! I have not only seen it change my life, but the lives of many others.  Humanity has been greatly blessed by it.  I know this is the work of the Lord and that his arms are extended to all who will come unto him.  And for all who engage themselves in his work, there is more joy and happiness to be found than from any other source.  No matter what the capacity, the position, location, age, or whatever other variable, there is joy to be had in the work of the savior Jesus Christ.  I love him and his Gospel, I know it is true.

   Äldste Jonathan Nikolaisen Moe   

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