Monday, December 5, 2016

Tchau, Moce, Goodbye!

Oiiiii! Bula Vinaka!

Just greeting you in my companions' native tongues! Well folks, I cannot believe it. My time being a missionary has very rapidly flown by, and I am near THE END. I am just going to avoid talking about it for a bit to avoid the tears :') I will firstly give you an update on my new area and new companions! Their names are Sister Cardoso (from Brazil) and Sister Gade (from Fiji). I keep making new lifelong friends from around the world, and I love it! They're both SO amazing and we have had so much fun together already! Romford is such an amazing area. I've already grown to love the people I've met here. It's a bit heartbreaking that I have such a short amount of time with them, but feel so grateful that I've had even just this short week and a half.

Meet my companions

I also hit the jackpot because I got the ward Christmas party AND fast and testimony meeting (got to say hello and goodbye to the ward members haha) AND a Christmas carol concert. It was so much fun. I even got the pleasure of being in the choir. I'm not sure my mediocre vocals added much, and we had to sing in Italian which was quite tricky, but it was still so much fun.

District meeting this week 

Brazilian BBQ today (sorry for the blurry pics, but it's all I have)

Well... I guess the time has come for me to write my last words as a full time missionary. Typing that out hurts my heart so much. I am just SO immensely grateful for this opportunity that I have had to serve. The experiences and the lessons I've learned will shape me for the rest of my life. I love this gospel and the happiness and joy that it has brought into my life. I love seeing these precious truths bring light into the lives of others. There have been moments that have tested me and just about stretched me to my limits. There have been hard and challenging and frustrating moments. But the sweet and precious experiences that come from serving, totally and completely overpower those times. I have learned to press forward through trials, and the amount of growth that comes during them has been what has taught me to rely more upon, and find strength through, the Atonement. I know God is our loving Father in Heaven and we are His children. His love for us is perfect and incomprehensible, but I am oh so grateful for it. I love my Saviour Jesus Christ and I know He lives. And I know He loves me. He is the light of the world, and we can light the world by trying to be like Him.

I love you all so much. Thank you for the support, encouragement, and love. I guess I can say SEE YOU SOON!

Sister Syddall