I can no belief that this is it. Honesti, I think I am in denial because I keep forgetting that I am coming home. My emotions are all over the place. I cannot wait to see you all, but I am also leaving behind all these people here in Vanuatu that I have just grown to love with all my heart. But that is just how life is. Papa God puts people into our lives: some for a season and some for a long time. But each person that we meet in our lives leaves wan impact. They change us in some way or another. And that is what has happened here in Vanuatu. The people here have been change my life. And I'll never ever be the same. They have been teach me plenty and the lessons I have learned from them I'll never be able to forget.
I have got the best ending to my mission, on Wednesday last week Papa Hetley, his wife Mata, their little gel Nancy and Mama Lisabeth got baptize. I wish I could describe to you the joy that I felt as I watched a family come together and be baptize. I could not stop smiling. My entire mission I been praying and fasting to find a family that is ready to receive the gospel and be baptize. Every transfer number one goal of mine has been a family. But every transfer it never happened. I wanted so badly to teach families because on my mission I have learned how important all families are in the plan of Papa God. They are absolutely essential. His plan would never work without them. At the beginning of every transfer I continued to put that as my goal even though for the past 18 months I have failed every transfer. Before last transfer I began to doubt Papa God. I began to doubt that we would ever be able to do it. But look: the day before I flew out to the main island I was able to attend the baptize of my first family on my mission-unreal. I have learned to not be afraid to set high goals. As we set righteous goals and give it everything we have to make it happen, Papa God will take care of the rest. As long as it is according to His plan. Just like it tells in Mormon: "Doubt not, but be believing." As we never lose hope and continue even after we fail time and time again-He will deliver us. He will make it happen. As we visited with Hetley and his famle after the baptize they began to tell us, "A year from now we are going to the temple-with our whole family. That is our new goal." These are the moments you live for as a missionary. Makes every hard work worth it! How amazing this gospel is. It was hard to say goodbye, but I know, without one doubt in my mind that I'll see them bekegen. Whether in this life or in the next.
I testify that Papa God hears every single one of our prayers. But He will not always make things easier right away-if he did, we would never learn or grow. He will not always take the hardships-but he will make our backs stronger that we will be able to bear them. He will answer-in His time and in His way. But that is always the best way too. Trust Him. Believe that He knows better. Because He does. My mission has been the best thing that has ever been happen to me. But it's not over yet, one more day to work! :) I am excited to see all of you! ahh Crazy!!
I love you all! See you on wednesday...ahhh is this real life??
Sister Brown Sister Brown gives her Homecoming talk Sunday January 18th at 11:00.