June 9, 2013
I know its a little early for me to be writting you a letter, but I'm here in the office a little early (to welcome the new couple), and I have a little bit of spare time so I decided to write you a little somethin somethin.
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. So much to do--so little time to do it. Everyday feels like I wake up..and boom its time to go to bed again! I've been pondering a lot recently about all of this....the mission, life, all that good stuff, and its left me to realize a lot of things. #1- Serving a mission has been the best decision I have taken up to this point in my life. In no other place could I have learned the many lessons that I have learned here. I would never trade my experience here in the mission for anything. I'm extremely glad that when it came time to serve a mission- it wasnt a question. I dont know when I oficially decided to go on a mission, because I dont think there was a specific moment- it was always part of the plan. I owe a lot of that desire to Dad- the best example that there is. I hope that someday I can be that example to my children. #2- "it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things." What?! Why?! That stinks! I dont want opposition! - my attitude before the mission. Now I know that opposition will make me stronger- and is an important part of Gods plan. "we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all thing whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them." #3 Living without a family for two years makes you realize that you have to do everything possible to make sure your family will be eternal. Two years is hard- imagine an eternity. The only place the family can be eternal is in the highest degree of the celestial kingdom- we better make sure we are all gettin there! #4- Going home is just as hard as leaving home- because I really will be leaving a home here in the D.R.
Anyway, this week I'm just going to live up every moment! I am so grateful that the Lord has allowed me to participate in his grand work. I know that I will never be able to repay him for what he has done for me- and I am more thankful each and every day for his sacrifice. I love him, I love my family, and I am grateful for the restored gospel in my life. I testify of its truthfullness with all of my heart. I love you all!
Elder Riley Ted Reeder
La Iglesia De Jesucristo De Los Santos De Los Últimos Días
La Misión Santo Domingo Oeste, República Dominicana
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