Well, folks, today was my mission farewell! Not gonna lie, I was really nervous about today! And then the whole chapel and gym filled up with people in front of us! (All of it between the times of 8:55 and 9:05, in true Mormon fashion.) I was astounded by how many people were there! It looked like more than we had at Stake Conference, haha!
Ok, the talks. This whole week leading up to today, I had been praying to have the Spirit with me while I spoke. I was really concerned that I was going to give a hum-drum talk that put people to sleep and failed to bring the Spirit in! Well it turns out I didn’t have to worry about that anyways, because right off the bat, Jessica gave a wonderful talk about gratitude and really set the tone for the meeting. Jaxon followed after her and expounded on this feeling with his message about finding our own peace. He’s going to be an amazing missionary in Peru. When he bears his testimony, he really gets down to the bone. It’s a pure statement of truth from him.
There was a beautiful musical number after that, I Need Thee Every Hour, and then it was my turn. I had been sitting in my chair this whole time sweating about my impending doom, and thinking maybe I should’ve visited the little elders’ room again before this, and then suddenly it was my turn. After I got started, my nerves began to calm down, thankfully. I gave my talk on how living the Articles of Faith can bring us inner peace. Before, I had worried about not being able to say what He wanted me to, and not inviting the Spirit for everyone; but I felt the Spirit the whole time I stood up there, so I know He came!
Thank goodness that’s behind me now! I don’t even think I feel too worried about my actual mission, now that my farewell’s done! 😀
Well, two more days at home, then I’m on my way to the Mother country. I can’t wait!