I simply want to give a brief summary of my mission now that I've come home.
I left to the Provo MTC a month after turning 21, October 2011, and came home earlier this year in March, 2013. I served a full-time, honorable mission. My goal one of these days to write about each day I spent as a missionary before my mind totally gives out on me.
I had so many experiences! Looking back I wish I had written them down as each day passed. It's kind of funny because you don't realize you've changed until you're staring at your old self and asking, "who are you?" and your old self responds, "wow. you look amazing! I'm proud of you". That's how I feel now that I'm back.
My mission means everything to me. I learned that I am a daughter of God. He loves me. He wants me to be happy.
"I do not boast of my own strength but in the greatness of my God". I don't know everything but I know enough. He can be trusted and I must trust Him. I want to be happy, now I know how. Before I was just guessing.
Never will I forget the love I have felt from my Heavenly Father. Never will I forget the love I have felt for His children. Sometimes, I caught a glimpse of them through His eyes... it's beautiful. He loves us so much. He wants us to be happy and has shown us the way.
The hard part is for us to follow the simple truths He has outlined.
Study the scriptures
Keep His commandments
I spent 3/4 of my time with the Hispanic people in San Leandro, Concord and Oakland, California. 1/4 of my time was spent in learning Spanish in the MTC and serving in the Oakland Temple Visitors' Center giving tours to curious walk ins.
I love the Spanish people. I love their culture, their language, their food (oooh, how I love the food!) and their kindness. I hope to work with them in the future. I study Spanish now at BYU and hope to become a financial advisor someday. I also plan on going to hair school too. It's an interesting plan, I know, but I know it'll all work out!