My Joy is Full

20 Apr
They're shipping me off to Oklahoma!

They’re shipping me off to Oklahoma!

“…My joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God. Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever. […] And we have suffered all manner of afflictions, and all this, that perhaps we might be the means of saving some soul; and we supposed that our joy would be full if perhaps we could be the means of saving some. Now behold, we can look forth and see the fruits of our labors; and are they few? I say unto you, Nay, they are many. […] Now if this is boasting, even so will I boast; for this is my life and my light, my joy and my salvation, and my redemption from everlasting wo. Yea, blessed is the name of my God, who has been mindful of [us].” (Alma 26:11-12,30-31,36)

I have often told those I have taught that the only words of wisdom I can offer are those of the scriptures. I have been contemplating this morning what I should I write about in my last email, and they only thing that came to me was to just express my indescribable love and gratitude for the Savior, His gospel, and the opportunity to have served Him as a full-time missionary. I know that Jesus Christ lives! He loves each of us perfectly, and ministers to each of us “one by one” (3 Nephi 17:21). I have never felt such joy in my life as I have on the mission. I have felt the fulfillment of every promised blessing given in my call letter from the First Presidency. The Lord keeps His covenants and promises. I testify of that with all my soul- He keeps His promises. I love this work and I love these people. I have developed relationships that will continue far into the eternities. There were plenty of trials and discouraging days along the way, but they each had their purpose. I have learned to rely on my Savior in a way I never could have otherwise. My joy is full!

In conclusion, I echo the words of President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: “How grateful I am to my Heavenly Father that in His plan there are no true endings, only everlasting beginnings.” It’s not really the end of my mission, just the end of one chapter and the start of another. I look forward with great anticipation for the life ahead of me! The gospel is true, and I will remain true to that gospel so long as I live. “Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving; yea, and I will give thanks unto my God forever. Amen.” (Alma 26:37)

Love always,
Sister Hoggan


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