Monday, February 9, 2015

The Best Way to End

The parents are on the way here as I type this, so they'll probably hear what I'm going to say in person instead of reading the email. I'm so glad I get another week here in Chile, I feel like there's always more unifished business to take care of. 

This last week was awesome - we tried to be as diligent as possible, since I have another week to say goodbye, buy souveniers, etc. I didn't have to worry about those things. We had a beautiful baptismal service for Ariel and Erica (the couple that was married the week before). They're so great - they've basically been like members for a long time. I'm so glad I was able to contribute and help out with that. 

I'm surprisingly calm - with a little nervousness in my stomach but I'm not as sad as I thought I would be. I think it just hasn't hit me yet that I'm really ending my mission. I guess it's because I know my mission never really ends. Like my President reminded me in my last interview - the Lord will always have other missions for us to fulfill in our life. I'm so excited to go to the temple, keep working in the church, keep studying and learning, and keep being a missionary as long as I live. 

I love my Savior and His Gospel and I'm so grateful for this time. I will never be able to express all that I feel right now, but I just want you all to know that I know the things I've been teaching for a year and a half are true, and I know that it's the way to true happiness. 

Thanks for all the love and support -

Con amor eterno -

Hermana Aubrey Glazier

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Final Countdown

Would you believe me if I told you that my district leader started singing "The Final Countdown" over the phone when we called to talk about our investigators, etc...? Everyone seems to keep talking about and reminding me that my time in Chile is coming to an end. Yet, I don't really feel like it's happening. Oh well, I just gotta do my best to be un-trunky and not think about it when I should be thinking about other things. 

This past week was awesome, do you want to know why? Because one of my life-long mission dreams was fulfilled. Ariel and Erika, a wonderful soon-to-be-members-of-the-church couple, were married. You've all heard before about how many people we teach who are living together and not married and have to either separate or get married before being baptized. Well, a lot of people get hung up on that part and end up pulling away because they can't make a decision. That's why I always wanted to see someone get married so they could be baptized, and it happened! They've already been going to church for months so I really had nothing to do with helping them decide to do so, but we helped out with the wedding and this week we'll be having a lovely baptismal service. I'm so grateful for the chance to work with them and to see them taking important steps in their life. They already have 2 kids together, and for the world it's easy to say "what's the point of all this? why go through all the trouble just for a paper?" But that's the amazing thing about the Gospel, we don't care about what the world thinks and we know what's important. I'm so grateful for that knowledge. 

Now that my life-long mission dream has been fulfilled, I just need to give my all for one more week. I've never been great about sprint finishes, but I'm going to do the best I can. 

"I can do all things through Christ." -Philippians 4:13

Con mucho amor, 

Hermana Aubrey Glazier