It is overwhelming to think of all that has happened in two years.
He has changed I’m sure. I mean, we all change in two years living in relatively unchanging environments. His has changed drastically.
He has learned a new language. He went from all-day classes in the MTC trying to learn Chinese:
With this awesome companion:
To a welcome to Taiwan (where he realized I’m sure right on arrival that he didn’t know nearly as much Chinese as he thought he did!):
He has been fully immersed in a different culture, where he got to meet all kinds of new friends…
Who have changed his life for the better.
And has beautifully learned that Chinese language.
He’s gone from being scared to death to talk to strangers to talking to everyone he meets.
This trusty bike has taken him all over creation…
…has broken and been fixed and been broken again…and finally quit for good last week.
(he had to borrow a bike for his last week).
He’s learned ping-pong from experts 🙂
Has had all kinds of haircuts, from this one to having his companions cut his hair to just going ahead and cutting it himself sometimes.
He started out with this great mission president duo:
And ended with this one:
(who we got to meet when they were visiting here in the desert before they left for Taiwan…more about that back HERE.) He has been influenced in so many ways by these outstanding couples who have taken him so fully under their wings.
He has also studied the scriptures and gospel doctrine daily and fervently for two whole years. His perspective on so many things will be so interesting and SO fun to see!
He has brought us more joy than we could imagine every time we’ve been able to talk to him.
I’ve been asking for advice from every returned-missionary mom I know. It is difficult to come home and have that missionary focus have to be split in so many different ways. I know there are lots of moms out there who have done this reunion before. I’d love any advice you can send my way.
….On my mission, my belief in Jesus Christ has made its way from my head to my heart. I can better understand because as a missionary complete reliance on Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father is crucial and necessary. I have learned that Jesus Christ can actually pick me up, dust me off, and get me back on track, because of his Atonement….
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is so simple. It has helped me understand the most important things, and the strongest foundation to build my life upon. Throughout the course of my mission, the roots of my testimony have been nourished and strengthened daily, and I wouldn’t trade the things I have learned and the experiences I have had for the world. The direction of my life has changed, now the road ahead of me is always uphill. I am extremely thankful for the guidance and support from my family, mission leaders, and my Heavenly Father.
How I love him. I love all that I have learned these past two years and that I will get to learn so much more from him when he comes home. I even love that he missed the school semester (which I had been so worried about before) so that we’ll get to have him to ourselves a little longer.
His last letter that just came in last night:
We cannot wait. Have I mentioned that? We are giddy. I just hope we don’t hyperventilate waiting for him to walk out of that terminal on Wednesday 🙂