Elder David Mahrt, and so the progressive post brings you to my humble page. I too am a missionary serving in the California Santa Rosa mission, and I would like to echo the sentiments of my peer in that I truly believe this is the best mission in the world. I have loved every second of my time here, and my heart is only growing fonder for my mission as my time here matures. Nowhere else in the world will you find the towering redwoods along the misty coast, the vineyards blooming on the rolling hills as far as the eye can see, coupled with the sun setting on the San Francisco bay. Without a doubt, some of the most breathtaking vistas in the world can be found within the boundaries of our mission. If there is anything better than the landscape, it can only be the people.
We learn from the gospel of Jesus Christ that relationships are the most important things we can have in this life. Whether you are religious or not, your loved ones likely mean as much to you as mine do to me. We all have people we trust, people we care for, people we want to keep in our lives forever. Regardless of relation or not, I call these people family. These people that have touched my life, and they are people I will never forget. Like Elder Michael McBride, I am thankful for the blessing that all these people have been to me.
"scales of darkness" fall from our eyes, and see people as Christ does, we will finally learn what he has already taught us: "So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another."
I am so grateful to be here, and for all of the wonderful people here in California! Now I pass the torch of the progressive post to the capable hands of Sister Gorder!