Germany

Germany

Feb 22, 2016

Last Letter



It was such an honor to serve in this mission. To have been able to
walk in the steps of our savior and carry his name everyday on the
name tag was absolutely amazing. (Even though the real "caring" was
taken place by him carrying me and helping me). I am also so grateful
for all of you who supported and helped me in my time here as well
because I know I couldn't have done it alone. It was for sure a team
effort and it's never easy being away from the family for a long
period of time.. But I know that we came even closer through this
experience and it means so much to me. Thank you!

I think most of you will hear most of what I want to say about my
mission in my homecoming talk, but I can add a few things in that I
probably won't be able to say in that time...

The two very special gifts our Heavenly Father has given us is the
gift of the Holy Ghost and the gift of Agency. With these two gifts we
can become like him. There is absolutely nobody holding us back from
progression but ourselves. The word "become" is a word of action. The
Holy Ghost also can't work with us if we don't make good decisions and
use our agency in good ways. And because our eternal progression and
everything relies on our agency, we need to use it well... I couldn't
have learned these two principles better than in missionary work. If
we don't work as missionaries and use our agency to do the right thing
and listen to the spirit, we won't ever help anyone, nor will we help
ourselves. But then that doesn't mean if we always use our agency to
do the right things that all people will listen and join the church,
nor does it mean it will always be easy for us... And that is exactly
the way we learn and progress for ourselves. As we turn outward to
others and use agency in following Gods plan and trusting in him, we
will not only learn for ourselves but we will be blessed with the Holy
Ghost who is and should be the person who helps guide us in our life
with all decisions we make so that we can be the happiest and most
peaceful in the end.
Matthew 16:25 25 "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and
whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it."
Alma 32:27-28
D&C 19:23

I want to mention the leaders of our church, especially the Prophet
and apostles. It is absolutely astonishing to see men who give their
lives to be in the service of their fellow men. (not to mention the
age of most of these men who travel the world to serve.) The examples
they set, and clear understanding of the gospel that they give us so
that we can make progression and come closer to Christ, is a true
blessing for us. But everything goes back to our agency. If we don't
follow the prophet, we won't know of the "fruit" that comes from the
main source of our beliefs. There are many sources and many opinions
in the world, but honestly, isn't that the reason there is so much
confusion anyway? Isn't that the reason there are 100's of different
churches? And for this simple reason we are told to follow the
prophets to understand what the commandments or "will of God" are so
that we can live happier lives. Many people are still of the opinion
that moments of "fun" is a better and easier way of living. But it's
about being like Christ, following his example, and coming unto him
through following the will of the Father so that we can understand and
know the truth which makes us "free" John 8:32. And we know as it says
in Amos 3:7 how we understand gods will. "7 Surely the Lord God will
do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the
prophets." Notice this verse below says "might" it's because we have
to do something to receive this joy. Also.. "Joy" the word is also a
long term feeling and happiness. And that's what we all are searching
for... 2 Nephi 2:25
"... men are, that they might have joy."

And because we all want true and lasting joy and eternal life, the
last point I want to talk about is the most important to me. It's the
atonement and life of Jesus Christ. He is the one who allowed us to be
set free from everything that can harm or trap us. And I know, that I
know, that I know, that he leads his work in our days. To also have a
knowledge that this world was created by him so that we can be here
and have this earth experience to learn and grow makes me extremely
grateful. It started and will end with Jesus Christ. I think the
biggest thing that has helped me come closer to him has been to leave
myself behind and comfort zone to first study his gospel and word and
then second to share his gospel with others that don't have it, or may
be weak. Faith, repentance, baptism, gift of the Holy Ghost, and
enduring to the end. 2 Nephi 31. It goes so much deeper than these
five important truths.. Because his atonement provided a way for us to
experience a forgiveness of sin through the gospel. Alma 7:11-14, Luke
22:39-44, Mosiah 3:7-11. And that is how I truly was able to see that
the gospel was true. I have felt the atoning strength, forgiving
power, and love that comes when we repent daily and try and do our
best to become better. But who can experience of this sweet and
precious truth if they don't use their agency to experience this
change? Nobody... Just like nobody can know how good Costa Vida is if
they never try it (; and if they do try it and experience the
DELICIOUSNESS of the "food/fruit of life" they will be desirous of
more just as I am with eating Costa Vida in one week hahha woooooo!

Anywho... those points of the gospel have meant so much to me in the
last two years. And I know that there is no end to the gospel. We can
get as much out of it as we want. I'm grateful to have a loving family
and friends who encouraged me to make it here and work hard even when
it was hard. I can't wait to see you! Have a great week and I will hug
you all as soon as I can. (; haha. Byyyeeeeeeee!



Alles Liebe,
Elder Brendon Scott Williams

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