Our last week in California was busy with a final senior missionary family home evening at the mission home,
Then it was time to repack our suitcases and fly home to a warm welcome from Elder’s siblings at the airport.
Two of our daughters (one solo and one with her family) came in town over the next few days, as did a couple of Elder’s cousins from Utah. You add in my brother and his family
Since that time, we have been very busy visiting our dear family members and friends.
Since it is springtime here in Colorado, we even got some snow to play in!
A few people have shared that I seem changed. I certainly hope so! Our mission was a powerful experience in my life. As I reflect back over our mission, I am filled with gratitude, appreciation and love. Yes, it’s all about love.
I think back to our decision 2 years ago now to go on a mission—mainly because we love the Lord and want to share the love we feel from Him with others. Or as John says it:
1 John 4:19: We love him, because he first loved us.
I didn’t know two years ago how much I would experience and grow in my understanding of the power of love, especially the power of God’s love for each one of us individually—His children here on earth. I believe it is the motivating force behind everything He has done and will yet do for us. The more fully I open my heart and soul to receiving it and sharing it, the more joy I experience in my life—even during the challenging times. And thankfully we don’t have to be perfect to be lovable—nor do we have to be perfect to be useful to the Spirit in helping to do His work here on earth. And though I loved being a full time missionary, living that simple and focused life, I also know that all of us can receive His love and help do His work wherever we might be.
Thanks for letting us share our missionary journey with you. We have felt your prayers and support. God bless us all, everyone!