Well, I guess this is it... My last letter home... I can't even believe it, I don't even know what to think. I still feel like I'm going to be here another month and that it's just going to be transfers again. But, wow! What a wonderful experience it has been here in Ecuador. I love this place so much! It truly has turned into a second home for me, and I really hope that I will be able to come back and see all of the beautiful mountains, volcanoes, waterfalls, beaches, etc. I'm going to miss the people even more... They truly have changed my life, not in the way I thought they would. Even though it required a lot of patience with them, I loved them. They have shown me how simple the Gospel truly is. I feel like before the mission, I would always try and complicate the Gospel... But it's so simple, and when we live it, we are happier people. We just have to do the simple and small things. The people here always cared for me and I truly have loved them so much. I have gained relationships that I will treasure for the rest of my life.
As well, I'm going to miss all the types of cultures that they have here and how I got to be a little part of it. I love this place! But more than anything, I'm going to miss putting my missionary name tag on every morning and going to serve my Savior. Such a bittersweet feeling it is to be an "instrument in his hands" and to have brought so many of his children to his light. I love my calling to be a missionary because it is one of the only callings that lasts for a lifetime. It's now time to put into practice the things I've learned and to bring even more people to Christ. Wow! Words can't describe how I feel and how much love I have for this place. I love the words of Alma when he finished his mission in Alma 26 "...But behold, my joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God." and "I cannot say the smallest part which I feel."
He lives right on the beach so whenever we see his family fishing on the beach, we go out and pull the net in with them. So, we got some good pictures for that. But other than that, not too much happened this week. All of our investigators are progressing well and will be baptized soon.