First, a video!
Well I'm the most shocked of anyone that 18 months has come and gone this fast. Serving a mission has been the best decision I have ever made. People keep asking me, "how have you seen yourself change from the beginning of your mission till now?" And that's really caused me to reflect. Im still me, but I have changed a lot. I know and love my Savior on a personal level that I hadn't experienced before. I understand not just how blessed I am to have the gospel in my life, but how rare that is, and I understand the urgency to bring the gospel to a fallen and searching world. I've learned how to love people. I've learned how to work hard and be happy. I've learned how to repent. The things that I want and my highest priorities in life are different now than they were before my mission. I know that I wouldn't be prepared to be the wife and mother I need to be someday without my mission. It was definitely a necessary part of the plan for me, and such a blessing!
There are three things we can take with us after we die, and that's our knowledge, our character, and our relationships. The relationships I've been able to form on my mission are the most precious things to me. I love everyone I have met and served with here and especially the people I was able to teach. I have seen people change through the atonement of Christ and find true lasting joy, and I know now that all they have to do to start on that path is to read the book. The Book of Mormon is true and I have had an unmistakeable witness of that. Joseph Smith was a prophet. Christ's church was restored through him and is on the earth today. I know God loves us, and I know the Savior is our everlasting friend. The whole purpose of the gospel is to help us live forever with our families. I'm excited to be a member missionary and apply all the things I've learned in a new adventure!
Love you all, and see you soon!
Sister Megan Browning