November 26, 2016
I love you all, and I will see you all in a week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll be home soon!
Friends and family, this will be the last time that I will be writing you as a missionary! I truly don’t know were the time has gone, but I would just like to say that I love you all so much, and I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to serve my Lord and Savior for the past 2 years! If there were any one that I have learned here, it would be about the atonement of Jesus Christ! I know that He is my Savior! I know that He died and suffered for me, which really wasn’t even fair for Him! If you think about it, He was the only perfect, sinless person to ever walk the earth; the only person to be able to go back to the presence of God without the atonement, and without suffering, but He did just that. He suffered. He suffered until He spilled great drops of blood! At that moment He said, “Father if it be thy will remove this cup from me, but thy will be done!” In other words, He said, Father, Aba, I’m scared, I’m lonely, I’m in so much pain, and I don’t think I can do this! I need your help! It hurts, it hurts so much, but Father I love you! I love you so much, and I love my brothers so much that I will do it if its what You want me to do! I know that if I don’t, our creations will never be able to return to You! And so He did it! He did this for each and every one of us! I am so indebted to him!
Among many other things that I have learned on my mission is about the family! Here I have seen so many broken families! I have seen how a family can change when they start to live the gospel and apply it in their lives! That is why I came! To help these people understand the importance of the family! I know that many times we under appreciate our families and all that they have done for us! They are here not just here to be your friend, or to be just some person that you see a lot! No, they are your celestially planned family…your brothers and your sisters. We are not here, nor have we been sent to this earth to ignore those closest to us, or those meant to be closest to us! We must cherish, respect, and help our family grow together! We have not been put on this earth to do everything alone! In fact we were not put on this earth to do anything alone! We need our family and our Father, and those who think otherwise are truly mistaken!
I would like to close this letter stating how much I love and appreciate my family! I’m sorry if before the mission I didn’t spend enough time with you guys or didn’t truly understand the role that you all had in my life! You’re all amazing in your own unique and special way! I love you! I will always love you!!!!!!!!
Love Elder Ziering Smith