Oh ye that can hear my words, hearken unto this my last epistle and give heed, for these are they: I'm coming home to the land of my family, for behold, the time of my full-time ministry has ended. Yea, the 24 months I have been given to minister and bring souls unto Christ in this land has come to a conclusion. Yea, hearken unto my words and rejoice in the love of Christ, for He truly loveth His children and bringeth them unto Him through his servants!
It is weird to think that these two years are over, that I'm done being a full-time missionary, and have to start thinking about life ahead of me. This realization I knew was going to hit me, but when?? It hit me this last Sunday when we went over to Jordon Westbroek's homecoming, and seeing everybody there so happy to see him, it hit me that I was next...
I am very excited to see family, to hug people, to take a nap, to start college and be out on my own, but the thought that i will no longer be a full-time missionary spreading the gosple of Jesus Christ like warm butter on dry toast is not the most satisfying of thoughts to say the least.
These last two years have been amazing. The joy that comes from sharing this gospel with our spirit siblings is a joy that has to be experienced by actually doing it. The prophets are so right when they say if you bring one soul unto me how great shall be your joy. There are learning experiences that you can learn on a mission that otherwise would take a lifetime. Elder Robbins explained it that we are taking classes right now such as Humility 505, Charity 505, Love 505, Patience 505, Diligence 505, and the list goes on and on. These classes are intertwined with the joy of bringing souls to the joy of the gospel by leading them to the gate of baptism and showing them the pathway home to our Father. There are too many experiences to even start talking about them specifically in an email, or even in a week or two. These experiences will most likely trickle out over the rest of my life as things in life trigger memories and lessons learned. I've loved my mission. I can't say I've loved every minute of it because there were rough times. But "all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things" (2nephi 2:24), and all these experiences have been for my good. I love my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ. I love the Book of Mormon and what I've learned from both the Bible and Book of Mormon. They are really written for us today. I love this gospel.
Thank you all sooooo much for your love and encouragement and support for me while I've been here. I have greatly appreciated it. Remember the blessings in your lives and where they come from. Remember to look for those blessing all the time.
Thus ends the writings of Elder Hale on his mission in this the great Utah Ogden Mission. And thus it is, amen.
Love, Elder Kendric Hale =)
Lots and lots of love!