I had cambios intermedios and I am now in Quito! I am with a sister from Utah who dies in 3 weeks!
I know that broken minds are healed the same way as broken bones, and that through the Atonement of Christ we can all find peace. It doesn't matter where you come from or what you have done as long as you desire to look for God you will find Him. None of us can understand what Christ went through, but He can understand what we are going through.
The mission is nothing like I expected haha seriously. Sometimes you have days where the whole world seems to be against you and you just have a moment where you think, what am I doing? But then I get the chance to testify of Christ and nothing else really matters. Sometimes missionary work feels like filling the ocean using only an eye dropper. But hey every drop counts! I love the idea that no one ever becomes poor by giving and we don’t love for perfection but we love for potential.
It's crazy how words relieve burdens! I mean think about it general conference talks, listening to someone’s testimony, the scriptures, speaking in prayer, priesthood blessings etc. I mean just writing this email right now I am able to provide understanding for my feelings. The construction of words has the power to reconstruct hearts.
I wouldn't change my decision to go on a mission for anything in the world!! Man, I can't imagine where I would be without the mission. Probably addicted to a new Netflix show while eating a jar of Nutella. I don't know what God's plan is for me. I don't why I am in Quito again? I don't even know who we are going to visit after I send this email, but I do know that patience is always required when trying to walk the path of salvation. And when we don’t understand we need to fill it with belief. I believe in God. I trust in God. And most of all I love God. So hey it will all work out and in the mean time I am going to eat some chocolate and think of something funny to make me laugh. Because I really love laughing :)
Sorry my emails have turned more into my journal but I know that you are never alone and if you are going through something that you don't understand be grateful because that means some really awesome surprises from God. He loves you. You are never alone.
Con amor, hermana Israelsen