Wow. My last week. Everything I knew was coming is starting to come. Weird random waves of emotion will hit me, strong, and all over the spectrum. And I know there’s more coming. My plan is essentially to just avoid thinking about it to the furthest extent possible by drowning myself in missionary work. We’ll see how it goes.
I don’t really feel trunky at all. In fact, I feel motivated, a real burning within me. I have to leave this mission better than I found it. And who can ever say, “I’ve done enough”? I bore my testimony yesterday about how we’re never done. Something my choir teacher, Mr. Paul Wigley, taught me. It’s stuck with me for all this time and I’m sure that it’s because the Spirit bore witness that it is true. Though my time as a full-time missionary ends next week, my service in the Lord’s work will never end. There is so much to be done, and I’m sure the Lord wishes He had more people helping him do it all. I sure won’t be one to refuse my services, talents, time, or abilities to Him. That beautiful scripture in Hebrews 10 come to mind: “We are not of those who draw back…” The Gospel is SO true. I am infinitely grateful for the time that my Heavenly Father has given me to serve Him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I have learned much, and become someone much, much better. I love Jesus Christ. He is the Savior. He is my Savior. I know it. I promise all of you that if you sacrifice your sins, if you leave behind all the petty, trifling matters to focus on what truly matters most, you will be truly happy. You will feel the love of the Lord and His Spirit more fully in your life. You will not feel alone any longer. You will be able to bear whatever burden is placed upon your back. You will change what you always thought never could be changed. I bear witness to all these things, as an authorized representative of Him, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Elder Duncan Alexander Pickett