Well, where do I start with this email? At this point I still don't feel like I'm going home, at the moment we are in the mission office getting ready for our last testimony meeting. Today has been mellow, but I was sick this morning with a high fever, but all is well now. Its hard for me to think that I'll be leaving such a wonderful place.
I remember that a while ago I sent home a group message about some things I was looking forawrd to in the Philippines, like mangos, rice fields, pretty flowers and other things. I have found many thing so much better since I've been here. I've found a testimony of Christ, I've found the world's happiest people, I've found the other part of my family, and there are many more blessings that I've come to receive.
2 years is long, but its not long enough. The past few nights have been full of mixed emotions. The people I've met have been the some of the sweetest additions to my life, and it makes me sad to see them go. I feel like I did when I left, I'm leaving my family again. From Binalonan, to Lingayen I've seen how the Lord works and blesses His children.
This last week has been the fullest one of my mission, we had meetings and other things, and it went by too fast. But I have learned how much Heavenly Father loves each of His children. walking home one night, I took a moment to look at the people who were going about their own business, and I couldn't help but feel an overwhelming sense of love. I know Heavenly Father loves them, and the spirit confirmed it this week.
This email is my last as a missionary, so its only fitting that I leave you my testimony. I know that Heavenly Father is a real being, and I know that He is in the very details of our lives. I know He knows everything about us, our names, our birthdays, our fears, our joys, and each are important to Him. I know that the Atonement is the only way for each of us to feel any lasting happiness and peace in this life, and I know that as we trust Christ, as we love Him, that we will come to know Him. I know that plan of Salvation is God's plan for each of his children to be happy, and I know that because His plan I have been richly blessed and comforted through the hardest parts of my mission. I know that families are forever, and that the most beautiful thing in this whole world is a family that loves each other. I can think of no other thing more important or happier than a family.
I'm excited and nervous to all of you again! See you soon!
Mahal Ko Kayo Lahat,
Elder Trevor Kent Johnson (The Weirdest Missionary You Know)