Well...I've been feeling pretty weird lately. Really wierd. Friday, July 22, 2016 marks exactly one year I've now had in Mexico.ONE. WHOLE. YEAR! This is kind of a big deal people! I keep reflecting over the past year, and wow. Today it hit me a little bit harder. We went to the temple and tried to make it to the 9:00 session but got caught in traffic (and the police now are stopping buses and checking all the bags for weapons which delayed us a bit more). So basically we waited til the 10:00 session when all the missionaries from the CCM go too and wow...ONE YEAR! I was exactly in their shoes. At that point I literally had no idea what kind of amazing experiences and blessings the Lord had prepared for me. In the temple I just felt this overwhelming feeling of gratitude. All the fears that I had one year ago about what was to come have completely faded away. Obviously I have new ones about my life after the mission and saying goodbye to this wonderful life I have now, here in Mexico. However, I now have a different perpective and more trust in the Lord. And the fears and doubts weren't resolved in a few minutes or days upon arriving here in the mission. It took time and effort and faith. Months and months of trial and error and a genuine desire to become better. More faithful, more humble, more selfless. A mission does not miraculously fix all of your problems and instantly make you a better person or a different person. Definitely not. BUT! It gives us one of the biggest opportunities to focus all our time in doing so. I don't want to seem like I now have no problems or that I've learned all that there is to learn on a mission or that I finally ''get'' it all. Mucho menos. I'M ONLY HALFWAY THERE! ANNNNDDD don't think that I'm that naive to think that I'll finaly ''get'' it after 2 years. I have alifetime trial and error. A LIFETIME! Plenty of years to try to understand the incredible truths and blessings of the gospel and to not make such a mess with my perfectly inperfect self. I think after being on the mission for a year now the greatest thing I have learned is that I really don't know that much. BUT! The Lord does. He know like....a lot. So, would I want to trust my triste self or the Lord? Hmmm...toughy. Being a person who is constantly afraid of the future and constantly terrified of failure, it's a incredibly resassuring to have the knowledge that our Heavenly Father truly is in control and we just have to trust Him. Something that I have always known, but never completely understood. Until now. Until the incredible, extremely difficult experiences of the mission. However, I'm forgretful and will forever have this constant struggle of understanding and applying the plane and precious truths that I've known almost all my life. Mortality, gotta love it. BUT WE CAN DO IT! WE CAN DO HARD THINGS! I am just so thankful to be here, at this time in Mexico. I know God has a plan for me and for everyone of us. I know that this mission has worked miracles in my life. I know that I am a representative of Jesus Christ and part of His true church. I know that this past year has been the best one in my entire life and I know that I have another year just waiting for me with just as many beautiful experiences and lessons to be learned. Thanks everyone, for all your love, support and prayers. You are all amazing and I miss and love you. WELL! It has been an exhausting day and I think I'm a bit emotional and need to talk to some food about it. SO! Hasta la próxima!
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