Monday, August 8, 2016

Weekly E-Mail - August 8th - Last One!

Hey Everyone,

Okay sooo that was a complete accident on Thursday when I sent that
email. haha so embarrassed that that happened hahaha. Story of my

Well it's my last P-Day & last time emailing! So I just wanted to thank
you all for the love & support & prayers you've all given me over the
past 18 months. I've said this countless times, but deciding to serve
a mission was the best decision I've ever made. I've learned so many
lessons & have been able to feel love of my Heavenly Father for me &
for the people I've taught. I know that God is our Loving Heavenly
Father & He loves us more than we can even comprehend. I know we can
always turn to Heavenly Father in prayer & He is always there for us.
I know that the mission has changed me because I've learned how to use
the Atonement more fully in my life & have had the incredible
opportunity of watching others change through Jesus Christ & His
Atonement. I know that Jesus Christ atoned for each one of us & that
He lives today.  I wish I could explain everything I've learned on my
mission, but I think that's why Heavenly Father set it up this
way-that we all get called to different places with people that we
don't know, so we can each have our own individual experiences. I've
been blessed with the best companions & amazing wards & have made the
greatest friendships here with the people of Sacramento. I know that
Joseph Smith was a prophet of God called to restore God's church back
on the Earth today. I know the priesthood has been restored & we can
be sealed with our families forever! I know The Book of Mormon is the
word of God & any concern can be answered by feasting upon the words
of The Book of Mormon. I've loved being an instrument in the Lords
hands in bringing people closer to Jesus Christ & I know I've been
brought closer to Him by doing so.

This past week we had the opportunity to teach a 17 year old boy,
Ethan. He's so prepared & at the end of the lesson he asked us what
the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meant to us. I bore my
testimony of how much I love this gospel. Of course I started to tear
up thinking about the experiences I've had over the course of my
mission & how I know that it's the gospel that brings true happiness!
Before my mission I thought of the gospel as a little section of my
life, but I feel like I more fully understand that the gospel is my
life-in every aspect. I've loved being able to serve my Heavenly
Father & bear testimony of His Son, Jesus Christ, every single day.
I've learned that true happiness is when we are in the service of
others. One of my favorite quotes comes from True to the Faith that
says, "The Savior invites you to give of yourself in the service of
others. Your opportunities to do so are limitless. Each day, look for
ways to gladden hearts, to say kind words, to perform labors for
others that they cannot do for themselves, to share the gospel. Be
receptive to the whispering of the Spirit, prompting you to serve.
You will find that the true key to happiness is to labor for the
happiness of others."

All I can say is how grateful I am to have had this privilege of
serving a mission! Thank you so much to every one of you who have
helped me along the way. I'm very blessed for the best family &
friends in the world! Can't wait to see you all!!!❤️❤️❤️

I love you all. CTR!!!

For the last time,
Sister Sobotka

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