Wednesday, August 3, 2016

It's the Final Countdown

To all my peeps,

Well it's been real. It's been fun. It's been real fun. The time went too fast and I'm not sure what to feel or think. I just feel so blessed. 

As I reflect on the last 2 years so much has changed. So many changes happened. Area's that were struggling through obedience, faith and handwork changed. Families that use to drink coffee and hide from us every time we came to teach, changed and were baptized and are preparing for the temple. A stubborn white boy from Spring, TX came and was thrown into a spiritual roller coaster, learned a language, cried repentance and changed into a man of God and Minister of the Lord Jesus Christ. Again, I feel so blessed. As I look back, the Spirit testifies me to that, Christ was the center of all my changes. 

I want to express my love and appreciation to all those that have supported me during my mission and my whole life. Mom and Dad, thank you. Thank you for your patience, prayers and divine paternal guidance. Brennan, thank you for emailing me and keeping me updated and thank you for example of determination and handwork. I love you bro.  Maddie, you're weird and I love you for it. Thank you for not being afraid to be yourself and sharing your light. Donovan, you're strong on the mat but thank you for your spiritual strength as well. You will always be my Nephi. Sydnie and Emyrie I missed both of you so much, thank for your prayers and fasts. The Lord answered your prayers. 

My Sons of Thunder brothers, Jace, Tyler, and Joe. Thank you for your examples in high school and while we all served missions. You guys are my rock. I can't explain in words but I'm eternally grateful. Good friends can make all the difference. Love you guys. 

And all those that have emailed me that I haven't mentioned, thank you. 

I want to bear my testimony that I know He lives. I know that there is power in reading the Book of Mormon. I believe in miracles. I know we are led by a modern prophet and revelation. What a wonderful blessing! I feel so happy. I love the Philippines. I feel joy. I know who I am. I fear no man. I can do anything through Christ. Who can stop me when I'm the Lord's errand? It has been an honor to serve the Lord and I'd do it again in a heartbeat if I had the chance. But it's not over yet there's more to do and I'm ready to give myself even more. I know that I'm and Son of God and that's where my power lies. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Your Valiant Missionary,

Elder Strader

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