Posted by: capetownelder | May 7, 2012

Final Letter

Hello everyone! I am sitting here in Grahamstown at the internet cafe on last time as a set apart missionary. It’s a surreal feeling knowing the past two years, some of which will ever be the best for my life, has gone so quickly and shortly I’ll be thrust back into the deep, dark abyss known as “the real world”. πŸ™‚ My parents will fly out today and meet me in Cape Town in Wednesday. Knowing my mom, the whole city of Cape Town will know a mother is coming to pick up her son from a 2 year mission πŸ˜‰

I have loved every moment of my mission. Of course, there were certain moments of certain days I’d rather not repeat for sanity’s sake, I will miss every aspect of mission life. I heard a quote from President Boyd K. Packer that went something like: “You haven’t been called to serve a mission. You’ve been called to be the Savior’s companion in this great work.” His influence has definitely been undeniable as I have put my hand in His every step of the way (Hymn #270).

The first half of my mission I felt I was definitely tried the most spiritually and mentally. Learning and applying missionary skills, techinques and lingo all the while trying to adapt to spiritually minded behavior can be a challenge. I couldn’t have asked for better companions, areas, investigators or assignments to help me in that process, however. I feel my teaching and people skills blossomed as a result.

The second half of my mission definitely had emphasis on physical and emotional things. Remember the events that transpired from June 2011 onward? I waited nearly 3 months for my visa to Namibia all the while suffering from an aggresive infection, then once I got to Namibia I was hospitalized twice, the second time strapped to an IV for a week! Then, for my last two transfers, I was assigned to a new area with a new companion…on BIKES! If you had told me I was going to experience all of this before I left for the mission field, I would have been scared to death πŸ™‚ BUT, I can say that it has ALL been worth it. Not only have I learned wonderful, life changing lessons from all of it, but they make good stories, too! If I’m going to be serving a mission in Africa, I need good mission stories πŸ˜‰

My companions have been a blessing, yes, all 16 of them. They came from all over the world to touch my life: 7 from U.S.A, 3 from South Africa, 2 from Madagascar, 1 from Nigeria, 1 from Australia, 1 from Kenya and 1 from Wales.

Well, I best get going. Today is my last full day of full time missionary service. I’ll leave for East London Tuesday evening, stay the night with one of my companions, Elder Balmforth, then flight to Cape Town Wednesday morning.

This work is true. It always has been and always will be. But I understand it all the better because I have been blessed to be apart of it!

Love you all!
Elder Leach

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  1. Hey Elder Leach you could be more excited of going home and thank you for the visit with your famly you such a great and wonderfull famly..hope you follow me on facebook..Siyanda Siyoza Netnou


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