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Sorella Sara Leckie
The Italy Rome Mission
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00141 Roma

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Mission Finale

Ever since I returned from my mission Crystal has been bugging me to finish up the blog with my testimony and some final words. Now, almost 6 months later, I'm finally getting around to it.

Today, August 22, 2010, I was blessed with the opportunity to attend a homecoming in Draper, Utah for a senior couple who I served with. There were about 15 returned missionaries there, the mission president and his wife, and two young couples from the Rome 2 ward. One of the couples was married not too long ago and even more recently the girl, Francescia, was baptized and now has a calling in Primary. When I started my mission in Rome 2 this girl would come occasionally. In the three transfers that I was there she came maybe 3 or 4 times. The elders were all over it and I was still very new in the mission so I don't really feel like I got to know her very well. I can't even describe my joy today to see her there and so excited to see the missionaries and see how happy she is. I was shocked that she even remembered me with how little I could actually speak the mission at that time. It's amazing to see how much can change in such a relatively short time. Two years ago, I was about to enter the MTC and had absolutely no idea about the marvelous experiences that awaited me. Through my mission I have been able to form relationships that I know will last eternally- whether it be with members, investigators, companions, or other missionaries. It seems preposterous to me that I ever thought that I didn't want to serve a mission. Clearly, the Lord knew what I needed and was loving enough to guide me to the experiences I needed to have. Obviously I'm far from perfect and it was discouraging to see how easily bad habits returned and good habits left quickly after my return. But I know now how to overcome and it's a daily, hourly, and minutely process to make sure that I stay close to the Lord so that he can help me.

Today at the homecoming we sang the Hymn of Rome. What an overwhelming and powerful experience to be joined once again with my fellow missionaries and sing a hymn that is so special for me. I know now more than ever that I am a daughter of God and that I have so much potential. I need only to learn the will of the Lord for me and act upon it- trusting Him to guide me to eternal happiness. I am such a blessed person and it is because I have the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. How wonderful was my experience to share that with the wonderful people of Italy.