Well, as many of you may know, my time as a full time missionary has come to an end. I have safely returned home to my beautiful family, and what a JOYOUS reunion that was! I do not have the words to articulate my gratitude for this divine journey I was blessed with. I thought that I was fully converted to this gospel and to my Savior, Jesus Christ, 19 long months ago… but it dulls in comparison with my testimony now. I know without a doubt that God’s plan for each of us is truly full of love and careful consideration for our eternal well being. It is much more complex and beautifully crafted than we can ever imagine with our mortal minds. (Refer to Mosiah 4:9). I have been through a lot over my time in New Zealand, some good moments, some hard moments, and a bunch of in-betweens. But despite all my challenges and trials, I have developed an overwhelming love for all of the people there, and the sweet experiences that they shared with me. I have seen the Book of Mormon melt hearts and change lives. I have seen the Atonement of Jesus Christ heal wounds so deep, they seem incurable. I have seen and met and experienced so many of life’s wonderful phases and I consider myself truly blessed. I don’t think I ever felt as blessed as I do now. I know that all I have is from my loving Father in Heaven. I am SO grateful for that knowledge. If any of you have any further questions or want to find out more, please visit mormon.org, lds.org, or talk to me:)
So, you might ask what happens now. Don’t you worry, just because I no longer wear a badge, I will always strive to represent my Savior, and share His gospel to my dear brothers and sisters. I plan to go back to university, and continue to help as many people as I possibly can. “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God.” (Mosiah 2:17) There is nothing else I would rather do, than to serve my God.
If you have followed my journey, I am so grateful for your thoughts and prayers and support! I have loved EVERY second, and every bit of support from home helped me so much. If you were part of my journey in New Zealand, I LOVE YOU ALL. I couldn’t have done it without any of you. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!!!
-Sister Ashly Weight xx