The time has finally come! I officially have a week left in my full-time missionary service. A lot of people have asked how I feel about going home in such a short time, and I am always left without a response. I just don’t know how I feel or how to feel. But here’s one thing I know: I wish I could stop the time to have a moment to think of what I’ve done so far in my mission. I kind of want to do everything I haven’t done yet in the mission. I just want to do everything I can to help these people within only several days.
The week surprisingly went great! We had 10 investigators at Church; I was kind of surprised about that. Then we also got several lessons although we didn’t start off great on Monday. We had been really busy getting people to church to make sure they get their conversion and thus get baptized. We also have a baptism happening this Saturday
I am just so out of words. Can’t believe it’s really happening to me. On Wednesday I’ll be giving a farewell talk to the zone to share wisdom I’ve gained all through the years. Then on Sunday it’s the ward’s missionary Sunday so I get to speak as well. I’ve also been busy making BR pages for missionaries who’ve been asking for them. So yeah I’ve been busy! Lunch and dinner blocks are filled with appointments with members.
I’m not sure if I’ll be able to e-mail on Monday for I will be super busy. But I will put in this e-mail the instructions given by the mission office regarding my departure.
Travel directly to the area the Assistants assigned you to sleep over in the San Pablo area. Sunday is not a time for you to visit members, investigators, etc. It is not a time for you to attend Church somewhere other than your assigned ward or branch without approval from President Mangum.
You should arrive in the area where you will be sleeping no later than 9:00pm.
· Be at the Mabini Stake Center no later than 8:30am and bring all of your luggage with you
· Breakfast will be served at 8:30am.
· Career Workshop at Mabini from 9:00am to 3:00pm
· Be back to the Mission Home no later than 5:00pm
· Dinner, Slide Show, and Testimony Family Home Evening
· Departure Interviews with President/ Financial settlement
· English Tests with Sister Mangum
· Be at the Mission Home by 7:30am for breakfast.
· Final packing and weighing of luggage, finish departure interviews, and English Tests.
· Travel to Manila Temple and attend the 3pm Temple session.
· After the Temple, if you are taking the Bus home, you will be taken to the Bus Terminal. If you are flying home, you will be taken to the hotel.
Missionaries are not allowed to take side trips to the malls or American Cemetery. Missionaries are not allowed to accept visitors at the hotel without approval of Mission President.
· You will be picked up from the hotel and taken to the Airport.
I guess we will have little time to e-mail right after the career workshops on Monday. I should then be able to write Weekly Letter 100, or I might be able to just to do it when I’m home. Mom, can you give me a buzz to inform me that you’re getting and reading these e-mails?
So I titled this weekly letter “My Walk Down Parley Street”. You recall that in one of my previous weekly letters I mentioned something about Parley Street. Parley Street leads to the side of the old Nauvoo ferry from which the early Saints began their exodus from Nauvoo to the Salt Lake Valley. Driven by mobs and fearful of murders, they decided to leave their comfortable homes and environment to face the uncertain and the unknown. In a quite similar way, I feel the same thing. It’s not like I’m being chased out of town or persecuted in my mission, but as I leave the mission field in a few days, I feel the same feelings of fear and uncertainty as did those early pioneers.
Lately I’ve been focusing my study on the principle of faith—not only faith but also enduring faith. Sometimes, life is like that: you never get to go back to the hotel after a postponed flight at the airport. You just have to wait, and trust that God is at the helm, and that Jesus Christ is the high priest of good things to come. And knowing these things give me confidence to triumph over turbulent times.
I can’t wait to see you next week. I wish this weekly letter would have been more profound and penetrating. But I am just without words. I’ll look forward to the day we see each other again on that Wednesday morning. For now, I pray for God’s choicest blessings to be upon you.
Philippines San Pablo Mission