Week 52: Has I changed? 1 year mark

 

I’m not sure where to start exactly. This past year has been…I don’t know. There’s no words to describe it. This past week, I largely kept myself from thinking that it’s been a year and I only have 1 left because we’ve been so busy. Honestly, sitting at the computer and writing this, this is the first time I’ve had to actually think about this in any sort of depth. I apologize in advance cause a lot of this is going to be on the fly.

For me, change has been funny because I haven’t felt it in large measure. The change has been so day-to-day and gradual that I really can’t notice it in myself. I’ve asked my mission president and my family, and they say they see it, so there’s comfort in that.
I CAN say that I’ve learned so much on my mission about who I am, who God is, how He works in my life and in the lives of others, and how much more I need to improve to be more like Christ. I think more progress has been made in those fields in this past year than in the past 18 years before that living as a member of the church. The lessons and impressions I’ve had the amazing opportunity and privilege to receive have been “still and small”, just as described in the scriptures. But it is those times when I’ve actually been able to notice those impressions and reflect on them that I realize that it is only because I’m am out here that I can point those things out. I don’t know how else to say it other than this has been the best year of my life so far.
More and more often, as I look around me, I find myself feeling that I never want to go home. I love it here, I love the people, I love doing the work that God has called me to do, I love Him and my Savior. Most importantly, I know they love me, and everyone else within their eternal family (all of us).
I also especially love all of you for your support. Here’s to another year full of more growth.
Much love,
Elder Phan
Pictures:
– Hanoi Zone Conference
– Baptism
– Celebrate Birthday of an elder
– Fun English class
– Power of prayers

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