Thursday, November 3, 2016

Utah Bound

Utah Bound.

But first: Tender Moments:
Pamela Hale is still in rehab. We had some very nice visits and did some service for her.

Asking permission to paint her nails. Even in rehab, a woman should feel pretty.
Giving service: Painting her fingernails.

A tearful goodbye when she was feeling stronger. I love Pamela Hale. What a privilege to teach her the gospel.
Something Good:
I know I'll never repay the Fasts for all the kindness they have shown to us as misisonaires. Here is a fun last event at their home as a District. We carved pumpkins on Sunday night. It is a tradition in our family that we carve pumpkins at home just before Halloween. This year our theme was "Animals" (real ones) so I guess technically I would not get to win, but my pumpkin is a winner to me. I am so excited to be back home in Utah and see my family again! So here we are, having a good time with pumpkins!

Sister Fast says we must begin with a clean pumpkin!

Ready to carve!
The work begins!
First The stencils then the cutting starts!

Cutting out UTAH!

Lessons Learned:
I don't really know where to start, but I feel like I just started my mission yesterday. I can't believe that this is the last week on my mission. My heart is just so full to a loving Heavenly Father for letting me serve in the Florida Tallahassee Mission. It has been the hardest thing I have done in my life so far, but it has been the best thing I have done in my life so far. I would do it all over again for all the wonderful experiences I have had. 

Missions are full of up's and downs.

There have been so many times for me that I have wanted to give up, times where I have felt at my lowest, times where I didn't think I could do it, and times that have challenged my faith, but overall I am so thankful for all those times, because through those moments I have had the best moments to see the Lords hand in my life, he has taught me through the spirit and his love how to keep going when it is so hard, how to find the joy of trials, and the happiness of the Gospel.

I know now what it means to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and where true happiness and love comes from. I'm not the perfect person, and I still have a lot to learn and I am so grateful the opportunity to keep progressing in the Gospel. 

I know that all that Heavenly Father asks of us is to keep trying, we don't have to be perfect, but we do need to try to be better. The Gospel does bring True Happiness and the Best Light that we have to go through the darkness that we face in our lives.

 I know that the Book of Mormon brings comfort to our souls and truth to our hearts. It indeed testifies of our Savior Jesus Christ. I know it. I know that Heavenly Father is real, he is our loving Heavenly Father and he does everything to help us to come back to him. 

I love missionary work, it definitely is NOT easy, but the Joy that comes from it, makes it 1,000,000 worth it. 

Y'all, I just love the Lord so much. He has been nothing but the best to me. I know that everything that I shared about the Gospel is true, and if the Savior asked me to serve this mission again, I would do it in a heart beat. I love my Jesus! He is my Master, my Example, my Redeemer, and my Friend. 

I feel so blessed and so lucky to be apart of the Lords Kingdom on Earth! Thank you everyone for all the love and support while I have been out, I can not express with words how grateful I am.

 I thank the Lord daily for everything he has given me in my life and the blessing he gave me to serve him. 

Goodbye Florida sugar sand! I have loved my stay here!

Something Sweet: 

Gifts from Brother and Sister Fast - an After-Mission Journal  and some lovely bath and body things! Thank you, dear Fasts!

Trinity Fast drew this beautiful flower as a going away gift! What talent! And how sweet!

Goodbye Kisses: 

I will miss my dear companion, Sister Law. Spending time with her "on the Beach" has been truly a wonderful experience in finding, teaching and serving in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I love yall!! See yall in the 801. :) And for those who are in the 801, see you at my house on Saturday from 4:30 to 7:30 for a Meet, Greet and Eat!

Sister Sabrina Nielson

P.S. In Transit:
Photos sent from some kind, knowing someone at the Atlanta airport where very excited missionaries are ready to board the aircraft to Salt Lake City  and jump into the arms of their waiting families.

See You SOON!!!

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