A letter written from a Mormon sister missionary serving in Costa Rica, her last letter to her family before returning home after 1 ½ years of service.
Man am I running around like a chicken with her head cut off! One stresses out thinking, hoping, praying that they have done everything, found everyone, and learned all that the Lord has prepared. The Lord has given me peace and I know I have done my very best, I just know it. I never could have done it with out my big, patient, 1,000,000 times forgiving, loving, and faithful brother Jesus Christ. Oh how I have learned that will out him what I do is peanuts, I am nothing! I told my self before I walked on that plane to Costa Rica that I was going to give all I had, and do anything that the Lord required of me. I prayed every day that he would strengthen, teach, and guide me and he has, every moment of the way. How grateful I am for this time Ive had to serve, love, and share my testimony of Jesus Christ and his gospel. This has been the most gratifying year and a half of my entire life. I thank the Lord for taking me on the ride of my life! But I have also come to realize that there is still so much to be done and so much to learn. Really the ride is just getting started.
There are no words or feelings to describe what an incredible experience this has been. I will never forget the dusty streets of Nicoya littered with Roosters and Mango trees, the Green lush Mountain side, simple Coffee farmers, the running rivers and Rainstorms, the calle de muerte in San Vicente where I got bit by a dog (and had to receive 8 rabies shots) where we would see the tennis shoes on the powerlines marking the drug spots, and the Drunk Apocalipsis man that used to always chase us around. I don’t know if my cravings (antojos) for lemon platino chips or sweet papaya will go away, but this I do know for sure that I will never forget the conversions I saw, how the testifying spirit felt, and how the gospel of Jesus Christ became the greatest treasure and miracle of peoples lives. The gospel of Jesus Christ is true and all those who follow by its precepts will find eternal happiness in this life and in the next with their beloved families. This I know is true.
I also know more now than I ever did how lucky I am for the parents, brothers and sisters, extended family, and incredible opportunities and blessings I’ve been given in my life. The Lord is so good to me.
Your forever Missionary in the greatest mission in the World,
The San Jose Costa Rica Mission