Second to last weekly email you have to get from me

Sorry guys, I procrastinated emailing again. I’ve had a lot on my mind and it’s been depriving me of sleep, so I just needed to take a mental break today.  I promise next weeks email will be really good, cause it is my last one. This week was good, though I don’t have too much to talk about. Life is getting really weird lately, and I’m not quite sure how I feel about this “home” thing everyone talks about.

Anyways, Monday was a lot of fun. We spent our P-Day filming our district Christmas skit, which should be good. I won’t be here to see it at Christmas Zone Conference,  but I still get to make it and honestly that’s all I really care about. After we filmed the majority of the video, we hung out with the Gaffney and Union elders and then went to ward coordination with our Ward Mission Leader. He had been very sick for the last few weeks, so we hadn’t been able to have a Ward Coordination since I had been there. It went really well, and we had a lot of good things to talk about.
Tuesday we had DDM and then we had exchanges with the Spartanburg 1st elders. Elder S. and I stayed in Spartanburg 2nd, and had a really good exchange. We randomly got to talk to a lot of people and set up a couple appointments for the future so it was a great day.
Wednesday we did service and stuff as usual. Nothing too new or crazy happened.
Thursday nothing too fantastic happened until the evening. We had an appointment with B. and J. M., and they had their non member friends over and we had a lesson with all of them. Their friends had some great questions and I wouldn’t be surprised if we start teaching them too!
Friday and Saturday nothing much happened. I honestly don’t remember most of what happened but I had to take care of a bunch of going home stuff and we had a couple appointments in between. I’m trying to get all of that nonsense taken care of first so I can focus on working my last few days.
Sunday was good. We had Stake conference in the afternoon in Greenville which was good. After that we had dinner and then went to another appointment with J. and B. It was pretty good though not as good as the last one.
Anyways, that’s a really quick run down of everything that happened this week. Sorry it’s so vague. Next weeks email will be good I promise.
The end of my mission has really snuck up on me. To me, this is normal life, and I really can’t comprehend doing anything else. All I really want to say today is that the mission is the single greatest thing that has happened to me. I am eternally grateful for the lessons I have learned out here and the things I have experienced. Even the bad experiences. On exchanges with Elder S. (who is in training), we talked a lot about missions and he asked a lot of questions about my mission experiences. What I came to realize there, was that all of my experiences were something I could learn from. I look back with fondness at all of the things I have been through, even the horrible things. It made me wish that I had known, in the moment of trial, that my trials would pass, and would just add to my experience (there’s a great scripture in D&C about that, though I don’t have time to quote it). I look back with fondness at what has happened on my mission. I would never trade any of my experiences here for anything, not even the bad ones. I think we can apply this to life as well. One day, we will be in our heavenly home and all of our trials and experiences will be something we can look back on, and maybe even laugh at! Remember this in the moment of trial, and I think that we will be happier people.
Anyways, P Day is almost over and I gotta get this off. Talk more later!
Elder Jeremiah Brown

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