Saturday, July 7, 2012

Home Sweet Home

Wow! I can't believe that I have already been home for over 2 weeks!  Life has already swept me off my feet and I am crazy busy getting ready for my tryout into my program for my major, spending time with my family, meeting and spending time with new friends and catching up with former ones, etc, etc!

I will never forget my mission, however.  It was the best decision that I ever made to go, and the best most "exquisite" thing that I have ever done.  I chose the word exquisite because I feel a little bit like Alma.  His repentance process was the hardest most wonderful that he had ever done.  He says, "...there could be nothing so exquisite and so bitter as were my pains.  Yea, and again I say unto you, my son, that on the other hand, there can be nothing so exquisite and sweet as was my joy."  My mission was the hardest, happiest, most frustrating, most rewarding, most trying, most stretching, most changing, craziest (seriously! there are a LOT of crazy people in Russia :) painful, joyous, and miraculously exquisite thing that I have ever done in my life!  I will never regret my decision to go and I know that my mission has changed my life! I am a new and different person. My mission has set me on a course of service and love of the Savior that I hope to develop and grow throughout the rest of my life!

Ariel (formerly Cectpa Cunningham :)


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