Well, I guess this is it. Two years. It's been a lot of time, and at the same time, it's not been a lot of time at all. I hope I've really changed... I feel different, and I feel the same, and I act differently, and I act the same...
More than anything, I'm grateful that the Lord allowed me this time to be able to serve him, albeit imperfectly, in the way that He asked of me. It's been a privilege. That service doesn't end now, can't end now. It's just begun. I understand that a little better now. I guess here I learned more about what "unprofitable servant" really means. He doesn't send us here so we can pay a kind of debt. There are some debts that can't be paid. He sends us so that we can be the means by which perhaps he brings some soul to repentance, but also he sends us so that we can be blessed, and so that we can be changed.
God knows us, and He loves us. Both of which are miraculous taken apart, and when considered together, absolutely astounding. He asks of us is that we give willingly, of our time, talents, whatever we possess, whatever resources he's given us, to do His work.
Here, I've felt God's love and guidance, and expectations, more than any other moment in my life. One of the greatest gifts I've received here is the gift of understanding, understanding many things I didn't understand before. Also, of understanding how little I understand.
Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. He suffered for us, and he sends His Church and His missionaries to teach us about it so that we can receive that gift and apply it in our life. I love the Lord, I'm grateful to Him for the gift of His Church in modern times, with the authority and guidance of the priesthood and those who hold it.
I've seen lives changed here. I've felt that my life's changed, as well. When a person applies the restored Gospel in their life, the Spirit is felt so strongly that those around them can feel it, too. And, the end result of witnessing that kind of experience, of being allowed to be a part of it, is love. Love for the people here, love for the Gospel, love for Christ, and a desire for those feelings to be part of one's life forever. And it's that kind of love, the pure love of Christ, that casteth out fear.
I wouldn't trade this experience for anything.
I bear my final testimony to you all as a missionary that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's kingdom once again established on the earth. I stand as a witness of that, a witness granted me by the Spirit of God. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Élder Rob Weatherford