Well this is my second to last email and I can't believe that I go home in 11 days. I have said this many times but I will say it again time flies when you are having fun. I think time flies extra fast when you are having fun as a missionary. Being a missionary in South Korea has been such a good experience and I have loved every minute of it. I for sure had a lot of hard times but I was able to learn a lot. For that I am eternally grateful to my Heavenly Father. He truly does love me and has blessed me with a lot of trials. Yes I did just say trials. In my opinion you cant receive blessings without getting some trials here and there. Life isn't supposed to be easy and I have came to receive a testimony of that on my mission. As I look back on my mission and the hard times I had now I realize how important they were for me in that time. I feel like Heavenly Father knew exactly when it was time for me to improve and he helped me in every instance. I am in Gangnam right now and just ate lunch with the Seocho bishop. We had a good meeting and I took the opportunity to bare my testimony. I love the Seocho ward and being with the Seocho bishop got me all choked up. I couldn't help but shed tears of gratitude for the Seocho ward and for all they gave me. That ward loved me for who I was and they appreciated all of my hard work. I have been blessed to serve around and with so many awesome members here in South Korea. The church here has some amazing members. Kevin and Grace were baptized two days ago Saturday. Their baptismal service was super spiritual and an experience I will never forget. Our other investigator, Christopher, will be getting baptized this Saturday so I am excited for that. A member in the Humphreys ward referred us Chris a while back and now he is getting baptized. The military branches here are very good with investigators and have been such a good help. I love this gospel and look forward to being a member missionary back in America. I can't wait to start the next phase of my life and continue trying to become the Daniel Jackson Picard my Heavenly Father desires me to become.
We had Zone Conference yesterday and hiked 남한산성. It was a decent hill but for sure wasn't a mountain if you compare it to any mountain in the states. Everyone there, sweats like crazy but it was really fun. We had some really good trainings and I got some nice tips on how I can finish off these last 3 weeks strong! I also received a lot of revelation on things I need to continue to do after my mission so that my progression of becoming who God wants me to be isn't stopped.
One thing President testified on is how important our ability to choose is. He talked about how it is a choice to be happy and a choice to be angry. We must choose to be happy and doing so will make everything go well. Happiness is essential in progression. So let's just be happy. Sorry this is really short but I gotta go!
I don't have too much time left so just let everyone know I am working to finish strong. I have appreciated all of the love and prayers throughout my mission these last 2 years. I don't have any big spiritual message this week but I will think of a good one for next week. You can just write a little message for me Mom that sounds a little like this. I don't know if what I am typing is making sense because I am typing so fast because I don't wanna think about home too much today. Email time is still kind of hard because everytime after email I just wanna see my family. I don't wanna stress or be anxious so for the next few weeks my emails may not be the longest or the most in depth. I apologize in advance. We can talk when I get home and I will answer all of the questions you have. I love you Mom!! I bought two suits and ordered my Mission plaque this week. I will be sending home another box this week, of books. I didn't ever realize how much stuff I have picked up throughout my mission. My interview with the Mission President is on the 24th, and Kevin and Grace are getting baptized on the 25th! I imagine that I will be very busy, these last few weeks!! Elder Picard
I am down to the last month of my mission and man is it hard to believe. I am so excited to see my family but I may be more excited to finish my mission out strong. My message today is simple. Pat yourself on the back every once in a while. This for me has been hard. I always can notice the things I am bad at very easily which leads to me putting myself down. In my opinion putting yourself down and being hard on yourself is not the best thing to do. Since I am about to go home and all I have had a lot of good talks with my companion about life and stuff. Talking with my companion and getting another person's opinion on things has helped me to realize a lot of things. One of those things was how hard it is to see the good in another if you can't even see the good in yourself. Just think about that for a second. If all you do is put yourself down and never look for the good inside you will never learn how to do it. Looking for the good in yourself will help develop the skill to look for the good in another. This is one thing I have realized lately and am trying to do a better job at. My companion believes that there really is no need for negativity and even though at first this was hard for me to understand I think he is right. Being positive is always the way to go and it all starts with being positive about yourself. I know Heavenly Father views all His children as wonderful individuals that are so full of good. I know that by seeing the good in yourself will make it easier to compliment others and see the good in them. Also by doing so I know that relationships with others will be strengthened.