Look, i just wanted to write a few things that i have learned in my mission. This was a hard experience. There is no sugar coating it. It was hard. There were long days (especially the mornings), a lot of frustration, sadness, sickness, and sometimes (not that often) boredom. Ive had tough companions. Trust me, living with someone with another culture is hard. BUT. It was way way way worth it. I cant explain how much it is worth. PERO VALE LA PENA. Maybe not even looking at the most obviously side of it, which would be help other people come unto Christ. Even if we dont consider the people that we can help and the service we do, it is worth the pain. Why? Because of all the stuff I learned, and the stuff that I gained. That might seem selfish but remember, I am just considering why the mission is worth the pain for just the personal gain, not even the other results.
First and formost, Ive learned to be humble. None of these things have been mastered yet, im just starting the process. At the beginning of my mission was way humbled with a semi dangerous sector, a latin companion that didnt know english, who was also 8 years older than me and ex military. I became a little prideful with time but i am learning every day how to be humble and accept help and ask for advice.
I have also learned how to trust and obey my leaders. Thanks to my father, i was able to learn that before the mission and understand it from what he told me in letters during the mission.
Ive learned that im just starting the learning process. Haha ive really understood the gospel in these 2 years, but there is so much more to understand and learn. The mission was just a great base to start this learning process.
Ive learned how to be sensitive to the needs of other people and try to understand them more and what they are going through to be able to help them.
Ive developed more love for all the people. I really had a problem with that and some people in my first transfer because the chileans joke a lot and come off pretty rude normally. But i learned first how to love them so much that i didnt even care what they said, then i learned that everything they say isnt with bad intentions!
Ive learned to laugh at myself. Haha well at my mistakes. Also, how to laugh when they insult me or reject me. Maybe not in that moment (just so they dont see me laughing) but it makes for some good laughs later.
Ive learned how to minister in stead of just visit or teach. Ive learned how to love them and follow the Spirit in all things, especially important life decisions.
Ive learned that Satan really does have power, BUT God had way more and will always win and we will too because we have bodies and the potential to become like God.
And I have learned that we are really in the last days. We need to prepare ourselves more. The heart of mankind (including members of the Church) is turning cold and love is lacking.
But I KNOW that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ, our Savior and our King and that we have the power to have eternal families. I love you all and I love Chile and my mission but my time has come.
SEE YOU TUESDAY, THE COUNTDOWN HAS STARTED
ELDER CURT FARNSWORTH
Doing service cleaning the church chairs with a fire hose. And finally i got my package this week..