Have you ever heard the song "Homeward Bound" by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir? If I could link to youtube, I'd find it for you, but I can't. You'll have to look it up yourself. But it pretty much describes how I feel right now.
This week was crazy. We found out that our area, Topsham 2, is being closed for a transfer, because a few Sisters had to go home early and we don't have enough right now to keep it open. So the Elders get to watch it for the next 6 weeks until more Sisters come out. Because of that I haven't really felt much like a missionary the last few days. We've been too busy packing and cleaning the apartment and going through papers to make sure everything is taken care of so the Elders will survive covering our area as well as theirs.
Yet, Heavenly Father has come through like He always does and still helped us see miracles!
Such as the lady who chased us down Saturday morning. We were walking to a lesson and passed this couple going into a diner. We smiled and said hello, kept going, then heard "Girls! Girls!" coming from behind us. We stopped and turned around, and the lady came up to us. She looked at us and said "Yes! You do have nametags!" Then, the guy, who turned out to be her son, said, "How did you know they were missionaries?" The lady's response was the best! She said "Because they're my sisters!"
I love this church.
Apparently she was baptized out in Washington State a couple years ago, and the Elders had been teaching her son (who was with her) a few months ago. So we told her about how we were leaving, and we gave her the Elder's number so she could call and talk to them about coming and teaching her son again.
Gah, my mission has been so great you guys. Going from never wanting to be out here, to not really believing it's over - it's crazy!! I've learned so much! It's been physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually exhausting - but so worth it! I'll never forget the people I've met out here, what they've taught me, and what I've felt.
I can't even begin to express how worthwhile this last year and a half has been. Through all the headaches, tears, laughter, blisters, adventures, rain, miracles, awkwardness, cold, spiritual highs, lost sleep, and frustration, it's been totally and completely worth it.
And I wouldn't trade it for anything.
You guys. This gospel is true. Christ really did die for all of us. The Atonement is real. It applies to each of us, more than we realize! If we can just learn to use it in our life, to reach out to Him and allow Him to change us, life would be so much better!
And then, when this life is over and we reach the other side, we can hug our Heavenly Father and our Savior and tell Them the same thing. That this life was hard. But it was worth it!
To close, I'd like to quote John:
"Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full."
Love you all! See you soon!
Sister Lindsey Berg