england leeds mission, march 2009 – september 2010
i knew that finding the right words that would be perfect or descriptive enough for this post would be difficult. and sitting here trying to let something eloquent make its way onto this screen is, well, near impossible.
i am deeply grateful that i had the chance to serve a full-time mission for the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints. it changed my life. literally changed my life. i have not been the same since and i don’t think i ever will be.
so i guess simple it is.
i met dozens and dozens of people, from random strangers on the street to the sweet families who would have us over for dinner to my companions, who have absolutely left a stamp on my life.
i will forever be grateful for the new ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’, ‘mums’, ‘dads’ and many other types of family members i met while i served. who to this day i will still call a ‘brother’ or ‘sister’, ‘mum’ or ‘dad’.
^^the craig family — they are fantastic!^^
perhaps most of all i will forever be grateful on being able to witness the changes in the lives of the people who wanted to get to know God and Jesus Christ. to watch an ex-con kneel down and say a prayer for the first time was one of the most extraordinarily powerful experiences of my life.
^^molly is such a sweetie pie, she’s a little more grown now but it was at her home with her mummy that i had my very first dinner appointment^^
i took hundreds of photos which would mean we would be here for days. so here are just a few.
^^i love the luscious green of the english countryside!^^
^^who thought it was a smart idea to put a cash machine that high up?^^
^^this was such a fantastic day!^^
some days were great, most were hard. sometimes i was homesick, sometimes i never wanted it to end.
but it really was the best 18months of my life yet.