Wednesday, May 13, 2015

First off I have to start off this email by saying something. Anyone who is considering going on a mission, or who is a member of the church, or who wants to come closer to their Savior.....GO. Go on a mission. There are not enough missionaries out in the field right now, we need everyone. Today we got news that our area is closing down. The past few transfers we have been drastically decreasing in size of missionaries and this one is no different. There are 17 missionaries going home, and only 3 coming out. WE NEED YOU!!!!!!!! Seriously, it is incredibly difficult to realize that the investigators you are working with, the less-actives who have made so much progress are not going to have missionaries coming over any more. So, make plans to go on a mission. Start preparing now. We need you, you need it and most importantly, the Lord needs you. Yes you.
On that note, it is so strange to realize that this is the last email home from Minnesota. I have loved it out here, I will always treasure the lessons I've learned, the people I've met. I don't feel like a different person, but a changed person. To any of you who are reading this whom I have met out here, thank you. Thank you to companions. Thank you to ward members who have helped me tremendously. Just yesterday I had the opportunity to have a long conversation with a member out here talking about things I was worried about or struggling with. Thank you for taking the time to listen and give advice. Thank you to all the people I have had the opportunity to teach. I am sure that I have learned far more from all of you than I ever could have taught! I am filled with gratitude. On the flip-side, thank you to all who are at home who have supported me the last 18 months. For the letters and emails, for the thoughts and prayers. I am excited to see you all again. :)
To respond to your email.....thanks. "As is the mother, so is her daughter" - Ezekiel 16:44. And I am glad I was able to call and get some things figured out! I am so excited to see everyone too, it is going to be great. And I loved what you said, "I imagine the tough time leaving is worth the opportunity to go"​ Absolutely, 100% I love that perspective!!! Thank you.
Sorry this is short, I have a million and three things to do in the next 24 hours, I will see you all soon though!!
Sister Christina Trickler

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