The time has finally come.
Because this is my last post as a full-time missionary, I'm trying to figure out exactly what to say. I feel like Moroni, who decided to leave some final thoughts at the end of his service on those plates of gold. His words, almost an afterthought, have been some of the most special and powerful in all of the Book of Mormon (for me, anyways).
So what counsel do I have for you? What sage spiritual insights can I possibly offer?
Well, let me tell you. :)
THINGS I LEARNED ON MY MISSION:
~Don't ever study in a recliner.
~No matter how much you prepare, you will still get a flat tire.
~Children know a lot more than we think they do.
~Never, EVER argue with somebody about scriptures (aka "Bashing")!
~Don't eat things that were in the apartment before you.
~Always check expiration dates!
~If you are on bike, don't go into gated communities at night. Just trust me.
~Wear biking gloves. They are the cheapest form of bike insurance.
~Laundry is Not something you can put off.
~The people you don't want to talk to are the people you need to talk to.
~Early to bed and early to rise makes a missionary happy, healthy, and obedient. :P
~Peanut butter is good on everything.
~You won't be happy until you stop worrying about how happy you are.
~If you think you can do everything on your own, God will let you do everything on your own.
~You can't do everything on your own.
~Companions can be your best frenemies.
~Dogs will love you if you love them.
~Dog hair goes away if you don't worry about it.
~Dog drool doesn't go away.
~If you want to look professional, shine your shoes.
~The best days sometimes have the worst beginnings.
~If you are afraid to change, you are in the wrong place.
~Don't be afraid to be original.
~Don't be afraid to be unorginal.
~If you're not having fun, you're not doing it right.
~Always pack a towel.
~Your scriptures are your best friend.
~Shower first if you can.
~Planning is key.
~It should always be about the people, and never about the numbers.
~Your family gets bigger with every area.
~Double dinners are Not a good thing.
~You will never be happier than when you are serving others.
~Jesus Is The Christ.
"I... feel that my mission was the best two years for my life." Though my service ends now, I know that who I am and where I'm going will forever be changed because of these short two years. I pray I will be true to all the wonderful people I have met and who have changed me for the better along the way. I have faith that everything I've learned here will help me every day for the rest of my life. I'm grateful for the blessing that being a missionary has been, and I implore that everyone who ever has the chance will do so.
If I can do it, so can you.
The ways I have changed and learned and grown are countless, but the things I have learned are simple.
I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know that God speaks today. I know you can be happier than you are, right now, through Jesus Christ.
He is my my Savior. My exemplar. My teacher. My redeemer. My best friend.
In the name of Jesus Christ,