Monday, May 28, 2012

Aloha 'Oe

It's crazy to think that this is the last email of my entire mission.
It's a very weird feeling. Your entire mission you think a lot about
this day and these times, but it honestly never feels like it will
come. And as much as you want it to come, it feels like it never will.
Then when it does come, you wish you could just stop time and go back.
You don't want it to happen.

I have learned so much from my mission that I could write for days. I
think first and foremost about my testimony of this Church, I know
without a doubt that it is true. If I didn't serve a mission, I don't
know if I would have ever gained this testimony. Everything that I
will do in my life from here on out will be effected by my decision to
serve in Hawaii for our Savior Jesus Christ for 2 years. Not a day
will go by where I won't think about the people I met, the lessons I
learned, or the testimony I gained! And hey, being on these beautiful
islands didn't hurt either!

As I leave this place my thoughts of sadness and depression are
replaced with feelings of gratitute. First and foremost to my Father
in Heaven for giving me, such a rascal little boy, the opportunity to
represent His Son Jesus Christ in the islands of Hawaii. I am grateful
for my parents for raising me with the expectation to serve a mission,
as much and I didn't want to and wanted to do my own thing, I always
knew what they expected of me and that's why I am here. I love them so
much, they are the best parents ever! I am grateful to all those that
have supported me out here, friends and family back home. I love you

 Last but not least my gratitute goes out to the people of Hawaii.
I never thought that I would come to love these people as much as I
have, but I really love them so much! It's so hard to say bye, it's
hard to leave those you love. Coming out on a mission was hard, but I
always knew that I would see my family and friends again. Coming home
is even harder, because I won't see very many of these people again. I
am so grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ though because one day,
whether in this life or the next, I will see all these people again
that have changed my life forever.

I love this work. I love my mission so much. I love our Savior Jesus Christ,
I am so grateful for his Atonement and making it possible that I can sit here today. I know
He lives. I know that our Father loves us and blesses us each and
everyday. He knows what we need, and if we stay close to him we will
be on the right path. I am grateful for the Prophet Joseph Smith and
the Book of Mormon. THE CHURCH IS TRUE! No doubt about it. I love you
all so much, thank you for everything.

Aloha 'Oe to the people that I have come to love so much!

Elder Jordan Garritson
Hawaii Honolulu Mission
May 2010 - May 2012

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