Dearest Loved Ones,
I am full of so many mixed emotions right now. From the greatest joys
and excitement from successfully finishing a full time mission to the
greatest despair of leaving this land and people which have changed my
life forever. There is so much running through my mind and my heart I
cannot begin to explain it. I feel like Paul when he stated in 2
Timothy 4: 6-7
"For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at
hand.I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have
kept the faith."
The purpose of this email though isn't to talk about me, it's about
YOU! Each of YOU individually have changed me immeasurably on my
mission. If I had the time today I would personally write you all
individually but since that is not feasible this will have to suffice.
Whether it was praying for and cheering for me back home or for
serving alongside me "because I knew you, I have been changed for
Quoted along the outside of a €2 coin is the phrase: "Standing on the
shoulders of giants." You are the giants, you have lifted me up to new
heights. You have paved the way through your support, encouragement,
and love for me to become my best self. I could never extend my
gratitude to you. Because of you, I am.
Please keep in touch and stay in contact! If any of you ever need
anything at all I hope you don't hesitate to let me know. As the
mantle of a missionary fades from before my eyes, the mantle of a
friend will last eternally.
Although life changes and I will be moving on to different life
experiences I would like to leave you off with a final testimony as a
missionary. One of the hardest things to do will be to take off that
little black badge which has defined me as Jesus Christ's
representative. As Elder Nelson stated, " if you don't have a
missionary badge pinned to your chest, pin one in your heart." I will
definitely pin the lessons and pin my love for my Saviour in my heart.
I cannot equate into words my gratitude towards my loving Heavenly
Father. He really does live. He answers every prayer if we are sincere
and if we wait upon the timing of the Lord. I know his whole purpose
is to help us have eternal glory and to allow us to have eternal joy.
Part of that joy is to grow and to experience life and to go through
opposition and afflictions. I know He has a plan for each of us and
that plan involves success.
I know that God loves us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to
be an example and to pay the price of sin. He did what no one else
could do for us, unlock the gates of eternity. "I stand all amazed at
the love Jesus offers me" I know He loves each of us. The way I have
felt that love is through learning about him but most importantly by
gaining a relationship with him. The way I have done that is through
His atonement which enables us to be free of sin, guilt, shame, every
bad feeling, physical ailments, etc. It is by living the gospel of
Jesus Christ ( faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, receiving
the Holy Ghost, enduring to the end) that we can fully be healed
spiritually. I am grateful that because of him despite my futile
attempts he forgives me consistently and mercilessly as I make daft
decisions and mistakes.
I know that the Book of Mormon is true. The spirit and revelation I
receive from its pages are immaculate. Although it is written
thousands of years ago, the people experience similar things to us,
they have given their lives to provide us the word of God. As I have
spent time reading its pages my conversion has grown and I have seen
God revealing important truths to me daily.
I am grateful to be a member of such a church which allows us to grow
in many ways we never expect. I am especially grateful that we have
the priesthood authority back on the earth today.
I couldn't decide which scripture between these two that I should post
so I decided I would use both of them to sum up my thoughts.
2 Nephi 4:
20 My God hath been my support; he hath led me through mine
afflictions in the wilderness; and he hath preserved me upon the
waters of the great deep.
21 He hath filled me with his love, even unto the consuming of my flesh.
22 He hath confounded mine enemies, unto the causing of them to quake before me.
23 Behold, he hath heard my cry by day, and he hath given me knowledge
by visions in the night-time.
24 And by day have I waxed bold in mighty prayer before him; yea, my
voice have I sent up on high; and angels came down and ministered unto
25 And upon the wings of his Spirit hath my body been carried away
upon exceedingly high mountains. And mine eyes have beheld great
Doctrine and Covenants 128:22
"shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward.
Courage, brethren; and on, on to the victory! Let your hearts rejoice,
and be exceedingly glad. Let the earth break forth into singing"
I love you all!
Sister Natalie Dimond
1740 S. Lake Crest Way