Monday, August 15, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016

It's been a weird couple days.

All the good-byes, good lucks, see-you-later-hopefully's, if-I-don't-see-you-again;s are really throwing off my groove.  I don't like good-byes.  They're pretty lame, but if there's one thing I learned out here on my mission it's that change is the only constant in life.  So, I'm just making the big transfer back to the real world.  There's a saying that was adopted by my mission:  There's no growth in the comfort zone and no comfort in the growth zone.  So yeah, I'm not to comfortable with all the changes coming, but hey, time to grow.  Now, on the other hand, don't think that I'm not excited to see my family again and go to college and live life.  No no no no, I'm way excited for that!  I got my whole life ahead of me!  I guess I'm just saying that it's going to be hard to say good bye to the down right happiest chapter I've had in my life thus far.  That's what my mission has been.  It's been crazy to watch the growth that the gospel provides for other people!  I've thoroughly enjoyed leading and watching others drink deeply from the gospel well.  They all grow so much.  With that, it's been amazing that as I've focused on the growth of these other people I will occasionally look into the mirror and see growth reflected there also.  That is the gospel in action.  Matthew 10:39 "He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it."  And that's exactly why it's hard for me to leave.  I finally understand why every return missionary says it's so hard to leave and they cry on the way home and stuff.  These people have been my life for two years.  I've made them my life.  I've in effect "given my life for them."  That's exactly what the Savior did for us isn't it?  He suffered for every single one of us in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross at Golgotha.  Every single one of us.  Literally everything he did, every second he lived, every step he took, every word he said, was for us.  That's what the gospel asks of us.  Every second we live, every step we take, we need to give it all back to Him. A mission is the number 1 best environment to learn that.

I am infinitely grateful for the opportunity that I've had to serve in the California Fresno mission.  It's taught me life's greatest lessons and it will forever affect me.

I still have 2 days and I'll be making the most of them as a set apart servant of our Lord!

Love you all and thanks so much for the support, love, mail and everything else!

Elder Frame

pics from my last leadership meeting.  Don't worry, they were taken after the meeting.

That was Elder Valenzuela!  Great guy! Great leader!

Zone temple trip!!!

Also, our district.  We only had us four in it...

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