But I have to admit, I couldn’t be happier to be home with my momma and daddy, because let’s be honest, if it weren’t for them– and for all of their love and support and teachings– I would not have survived. Shoutout to them for being the best people in the entire world. I’m excited for this new phase of life and to put EVERYTHING I’ve learned into practice. I’m baack to the real world, but I’m not scared. I have the Lord by my side ALWAYS.
My final day in Argentina was very special. We had a “last supper” with Presidente Zanni and his family, where we ate the same meal I had my first night there: milanesas and potatoes. Classic Argentina.
RETURNING WITH HONOR.
Afterwards we had a testimony meeting with all of the missionaries leaving and the Zannis. It was incredible to see and hear how we’ve all been changed over these last several months, and how each of us, in our own distinct ways, came to know Christ and strengthen our relationships with Him. At the end we all knelt in prayer together, which seemed an appropriate gesture to the Lord of our gratitude to Him.
As we waited to board the bus, we were able to hug each member of the Zanni family (even Presidente hugged me!!) and they sang us “Each Life That Touches Ours For Good”. What a way to open up the water gates, knowing that it was THEM that touched my life forever. I’m grateful for them, for being my family away from home and for endlessly showing me Christlike love.
As we drove away, we could see them fading away in the distance, and it seemed surreal knowing that I may never see them again. And that I was officially leaving the place and the people that had changed me forever. I am eternally grateful for my mission. I’m grateful that the Lord insisted that I serve. Maybe what I was doing before were good things. But now I see that God had another plan for me. A greater and more noble plan. A journey and an experience that would forever change me and change those in my path. My mission was the most sacred and worthwhile time of my life, which has prepared me to face life with faith, hope and love. I know that this church is the true church of Christ, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that thanks to Jesus Christ, there is hope and happiness for ALL. Chau, Argentina, I’ll never forget you.