Saturday, January 30, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2015

Today we had our last zone meeting. This transfer as a zone we have
been working together to develop Christlike attributes. Today we all
shared experiences and bore our testimony of Christ and his perfect
character. We got together and watched a sweet slideshow that Sister
Fong made of the transfer and then we had all the departing sisters
bear their testimonies. There are four of us leaving in the zone and I
went last to bear my testimony. There's a lot of things that have
changed me as I have been a missionary but one of the new things I
have discovered is that it has turned me into a cry baby. And I'm not
a pretty crier. Austin and I were talking about this one time and
with both of us, even if we shed a few tears, our face swells up like a
balloon and it looks like we have hives on our face it's just....not
cute. Anyways, afterwards we all sang our mission song together and
there was many a tear shed.

I don't have the words to describe how much my mission means to me. It
has been the greatest most challenging/rewarding experience of my
life. I feel so incredibly blessed to have been called to serve in the
Salt Lake City Temple Square mission and the Oakland/San Francisco
California mission. I love them so much and the people I have met in
both missions. These past few weeks I have been in a glass case of
emotion thinking about returning home and being an adult. It is
difficult for me to imagine anything better than what I am leaving
behind. That life could possibly get even better than it is now. But
alas, God is good all the time and all the time God is good. Even post
mission. Friends, I know this church is true. I can say that now with
my whole soul! I am so grateful for the message of the restoration. I
honestly did not completely understand it before. Joseph Smith is a
prophet of God. He restored Christ's church to the earth and
translated the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is the word of God
and another testament of Jesus Christ. It is a true book and my favorite book :)
I love, respect, and admire the faith of the pioneers. I know that if
it wasn't for their incredible faith this church would not be what it
is today. The sisters in this mission have drastically changed my
life. Me and some sisters from Idaho are from the most boring places
compared to sisters from literally all over the world. Hearing their
stories and testimonies have strengthened me and converted me. It
has been a wonderful blessing getting to serve on temple ground. I
have had the opportunity to teach people about this amazing house of
God every day and that has strengthened my own testimony tremendously.
I love my Savior. I have a relationship with him and I know that he
knows me perfectly. The atonement is infinite. If there is anything I
have learned on my mission it would be the importance and reality of
daily repentance. I'm so grateful for the love, support, and prayers
given to me by all of you! I have felt your prayers and they have
strengthened me so much. Hope this doesn't sound like I'm writing my
own Eulogy or accepting an award haha. Seriously though, one thing I
always tell the sisters about missions is "the struggle is real, but
so is the atonement."

I love you all.
See you soon 

-Sister Leavitt

I keep these teeth in my coat pocket and scare Sister Fong with them daily.
Zone friends. Last hurrah :(

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