Here is his LAST EMAIL!
Bonjour a tous!!
Well the time has come! The last email on the mission! By next week ends for y’all ill be on a plane coming home. Pretty crazy right. It’s still so so crazy to me. What an experience that these last 2 years have been. I dont even know how I could resume these last two years. But what I do know is that i couldn’t have done it without all of you and my Heavenly Father! The last 3 months I have been here in Bordeaux and today was my last Sunday here and my last time I will hear and take the sacrément here in France. I was pondering about the service and the things I have been able to accomplish these last two years and cant but feel so much love and joy. Ive met lots of people and made lots of new eternal friends, I’ve had lots of hard times and even more really good! Ive cried I’ve preached I’ve gone without sleep I’ve eaten lots and lots of good food hahah but in all I’ve been able to come closer to my Savoir and my God. This last week I was able to give my last testimony in a Zone Conference to all the missionaries in the surrounding towns. It was even more cool cause I has some of my best buds there. But you know me I gotta be different than everyone else so I started out with welcoming all the missionaries ending at the same as me into the France Lyons Mission Hall of Fame. I always thought it a cool idea the Hall of Fame all the great football players who really made a change to the game in every way. Hall of famers are the ones who put in the most hours at the gym, watching film, doing extra catches before and after practice, but what we all know them by was their performance on the field. I went on to quote one of the great hall of famers Micheal Irving and what he said in his Hall of Fame inauguration, he said this,” Look up, get up, and dont ever give up. You tell everyone or anyone that has ever doubted, thought they did not measure up or wanted to quit, you tell them to look up, get up, and dont ever give up.” For me this quote would sum up my two years of service. Looking up for help getting of my but and lots of times off my knees when I thought it was way to hard to continue on and then never giving up and enduring to the end. Trying and trying and trying and then you realize that you are at the end and it all felt like a dream, and then you are given the opportunity to be remembered for your hard work and dedication. Man I love the mission and im going to miss it so much. I am so thankful for the opportunity I got to serve in the best mission in the world and the serve amongst the best people. The south of France, Switzerland, and Corsica will always have a part of my heart. I want to thank all of you who have made all of this possible for me. I cant thank you enough. I owe you all so much more thank i could ever repay! I hope you have felt the blessings and love that have come.
I cant wait to see you all so soon and share all of my experiences with you.
To finish I would like to just end with my testimony.
I know that Christ has restored his church back again on the earth and that because of this we have reason to rejoice! I have seen how this restored gospel has changed peoples lives and the lives of those around them. I know that we are here on earth because we once chose to follow the Lord before and than he has a plan for each one of us! I know that families are ment and created to be together forever, one huge blessing i have been able to see was one of the people i was able to help come to the knowledge of these thins and baptize will be going in the end of June to be sealed with his wife for time and all eternity! What a beautiful chance God gives us. I know that life is hard and that sometimes we feel helpless and lost and we dont need any help but we just want to be mad or sad or whatever it may be.... BUT we should leave all of these problems at the feet of Christ and he will take them away from us. That doesn’t mean that our hard times will stop or change but he will be there to strengthen us to endure them and make us better from them. Im so thankful for this, the fact even tho im not perfect and i have problems i can have this help all the time thanks to the sacrifice of Christ. I know that missionary work is the work of the Lord and that thanks to this work one day all will claim and see that Jesus is the Christ. Again i am so grateful for these last two years i have had to give my all for this work. I love my Heavenly Father and his son and my brother Jesus Christ. And i know that L’Eglise de Jesus Christ des saints des derniers jours is the church that has the fullness of the gospel on the earth. I love you all and I thank you all again for all the love you give and have given me. And i say this in the name of Jesus Christ amen.
I hope again to see you all so soon and this is Elder Nicholas J McDaniel and im signing out
Au revoir, Ciao