Dear Elders and Sisters,
I was thinking this morning while doing personal study what I might say to all of you in my final newsletter. These were some of my thoughts.
What a wonderful opportunity it has been to be assigned to labour here with you. We have witnessed many “tender mercies” together as we have taught our investigators. To watch as they have grown in the gospel and to watch them take hold of the iron rod and progress toward the temple, has been a great blessing.
Watching the ZLM grow from a “baby shark” into a “mighty great white shark” has been marvellous to watch. The care and hard work and effort from all of you have made it possible.
When we arrived here our assignment was to “cut down” some of the trees. We have made this our goal from day one. As a mission we were asked to see the “vision” and work toward a “goal” by following the “plan”. We have been blessed as we have all worked together.
The last part of the assignment is to “account” for our time and effort. We have worked hard. We know that as we leave here, we want all to know that we have been true and faithful to our call. We have grown together as missionaries. We have grown in our love for the Savior; our testimonies of how we must endure to the end have become more a part of our daily life. We pray that we will be worthy of anything the Lord would ask us to do.
One of the reasons we can say this is because of the lessons we have learned from you. We have worked together to bring others to Christ. This is our purpose as missionaries. As we are obedient we cannot fail.
In closing, I would like to share with you some of the things we expect of you after we leave.
I expect you to be the best missionary you can be. I expect you to be obedient. I expect you to love one another. I expect you to see your vision, and reach for it. I have told you many times how much I love you. Remember those times. Remember who you are, and what you represent. Remember how many times I asked you, “How are you doing?” Only you can answer that question. I depend on you to continue on in this great work. Be valiant, be strong, and work hard.
When we were together in those grand councils before we came to earth we sat and listened and we received instructions as to our assignment here as missionaries. There we were given our callings to teach out brothers and sisters in this part of the vineyard, the gospel of Jesus Christ. Soon this assignment here will end. We won’t say goodbye, we will just say, see you at the next meeting, please save us a spot.
I have a testimony of Jesus Christ. I know that he lives. I know that this Church is true. I know that we have a Prophet on the earth today who leads and guides us. I testify of the reality of the Restoration in these latter days. Now is the time for us to make a difference. Now it is Africa’s time to engage in its effort to become a mighty nation unto the Lord. Remember, Faith is the power. Obedience is the price. Love is the motive. The Spirit is the Key. Christ is the reason.
We will miss you all, until we meet again, it will be my prayer that He whom we all serve will bless and keep you.
Sister P’s Final Words
Things I would like to leave with you. Remember that cleanliness is next to Godliness and helps keep you well and strong. I want you to remember that you are here to serve our Heavenly Father and prepare yourselves for your future as leaders in the Church and your home. The most important thing I want you to remember is that you are a successful missionary and one of the Lord's obedient servants. The most important thing I want you to know is that we love you and pray for you always no matter where we all are going to live.
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