Well, this is it! I’m coming home! I honestly can not express through email how much this mission has changed my life. It has been, by far, the best decision I”ve ever made. I’ve learned more about the Savior, myself, and God’s love for me. I’ve really learned how to LOVE others and see them as Christ does. What an honor it has been to wear His name over my heart for the last 18 months!
It has been an adventure! I absolutely LOVE the people here in Belgium and the Netherlands! They have changed my life. I’ve loved waking up every morning knowing I get to spend the day serving them 🙂 I love these two countries (yes, even Belgium 🙂
The two biggest things I’ve learned on my mission are: 1) Be dilligent in the ‘small and simple things,’ because they really will bring great things to pass (alma 37:6-7) and 2) Trusting in God and His plan. If we can learn to master these two things, we’ll be okay. I’m definitely still working on this, but I’ve really gained a testimony of it on my mission! When we keep dilligently doing our prayer, scripture study, sabbath day worship, etc and trusting that whatever happens to us is part of God’s loving plan for us, we will be able to happily progress to live back with our Heavenly Father in never ending happiness. And we can experience that joy here! We don’t have to wait! God has given us everything we need to find ‘peace in this life and eternal life in the world to come.’
I read a scripture yesterday in Enos 1:26-27 that I thought summed up my mission pretty well. Here’s my revised version of it 🙂
And I saw that I must soon go down to my grave (I’m ‘dying’ in mission terms), having been wrought upon by the power of God that I must preach and prophesy unto this people, and declare the word according to the truth which is in Christ. And I have declared it in all my days, and have rejoiced in it above that of the world.
And I soon go to the place of my rest, which is with my Family; for I know that in them I shall rest. And I rejoice in the day when my mortal shall put on immortality (stepping off that airplane), and shall stand before them; then shall I see their faces with pleasure, and they will say unto me: Come unto me, ye blessed, there is a place prepared for you in the mansions of my Father. Amen.
I truly have rejoiced in my mission ‘above that of the world.’ I know I have done what God has asked me to do here. I have no regrets! I’m so incredibly grateful that I could have this experience!
I will see you all (mostly) this week!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
.Saying goodbye to Chasidi, Rocky and Monique, and Isabelle
.Thanksgiving in Gent!
.Last exchange with Zuster Weber
.One last Harring!