LAST EMAIL HOME

This, is THE LAST EMAIL I will send home during my mission, EVER!

So accordingly in addition to sharing updates on this last week, I would like to share some thoughts and feelings on my mission and share my testimony.

Yesterday was a great Sunday.  We were singing the opening hymn in sacrament meeting and we didn’t know where Lexi and her family were.  I envisioned how big of a let down it would be if they didn’t come to church and Lexi’s baptism had to be delayed again.  I said a silent prayer and asked Heavenly Father to help get them to church.  Not a second after I finished my prayer, the door next to us opened and in walked Lexi and her entire family!  It was such a wonderful answer to my prayer.  God is very aware of us and our desires and has great timing. Now Lexi is ready to go for her baptism this week!  Lexi requested that her baptism be this Thursday at 5, unknown to her, the last proselyting hour of my mission before I go to the mission office for departure business.  I can’t think of anything better to be able to do my last day.  It’s a huge blessing.

Also on Sunday, Elder Durrant and I sang “Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy” together a capella in sacrament meeting.  Last week Sister McConckie grabbed us in the hall and signed us up.  Funny thing that I go my entire mission without having to do any special musical numbers in church until the very end.  We ran with it though and it ended up going very well.

Wednesday we got to watch Episode 3 of “The District 2” from the PMG DVDs with the entire mutual organization of the Palmer Park ward.  We’d been planning this for months so we’re glad it finally worked out.  It was a great experience for everyone there.

Wally is re-committed to stop smoking.  He also went to third hour yesterday for the first time.  He should do well if he will just keep his promises and listens to God.

8 Thoughts on the mission at large:

1.  Yes, the time flies.  The second year went by much faster though.  There was a noticeable difference after the first year-mark.

2. Getting up at 6:30 everyday NEVER GOT ANY EASIER.  But it’s always worth it.

3. Including my MTC days, I’m ending with 12 companions and 6 areas.  The time line of my mission has been quite neat geographically.  I started south in Pueblo, went to the complete opposite end of the social spectrum up north in Castle Pines/Lone Tree and then worked my way south consistently until now.  Since Castle Pines/Lone Tree every new district I moved into bordered the last district I served in.  Nice continuity.

4. PMG rocks.  The brethren are absolutely inspired about the best way to do missionary work.  Jeffery R. Holland is the man.

5. Anyone who will actually read the Book of Mormon and sincerely ask God if it’s true will get an answer from God that it’s true.  Every time.  Likewise, members. Recent Converts, and Less Actives who don’t read the Book of Mormon and pray consistently will eventually start to lose their testimony and fall away.  Every time.  The basics are the basics.  Read, pray, go to church.  It’s really that simple.

6.  When Recent Converts pay their tithing, they are blessed.  EVERY TIME.

7.  Active LDS families are some of the best people on the planet.  Fruits of the true church?  I think so.  Only a prophet of Jesus Christ could organize a church that consistently produces such good people.  Try and imagine what would happen if another church or faith tried to make a website like Mormon.org.  NOT POSSIBLE.  No one is unified enough to really pull it off.

8. There is no scripture in the Bible, weird Brigham Young quote, or incident in church history, that can prove that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or its claim to divine authority are false, ANYWHERE.  If there was, it would have been more widely publicized a long long time ago.  Any anti-mormon junk that you find on a seedy website online somewhere when dragged out into the sunlight of honest examination cannot hold up.  As a matter of fact, 99% of the time, when you get “the rest of the story” it only serves to further prove the truth of this gospel!

I testify that The Book of Mormon and Bible are true.  I know that Jesus Christ really is who those two books (and the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price) say He is, the Son of God, the Savior of the World.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the kingdom of God on earth.  It’s crazy, but it’s true.  I’ve seen it’s underside, and I’ve seen it’s better side too.  I’ve tasted the fruits of this work and I know they are good.  I’ve seen the Holy Ghost testify to the hearts of others time and time again, and I’ve felt it’s power as well.  I love God and I am grateful He has blessed me with these two years to serve.  Living the restored gospel of Jesus Christ will bring you more happiness, whether you’re repenting, considering baptism, going to the Temple, or just enduring to the end, than anything else can or will.

Love,

            -Elder Emmett Florence

    • Janna
    • August 13th, 2012

    He is radiating. What a man your boy has become! Oh happy day. All is well …

    • Linda Taylor
    • August 13th, 2012

    Thank you for your testimony. What wisdom you show in your comments about the “basics” and how important they are in our spiritual welfare. Pres. Harold B. Lee said that a testimony must be recaptured everyday, and we do that by daily prayer and scripture study. We look forward to seeing you when you return!

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