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Monday, May 23, 2016

Oh Hermanos, adios, pues adios!

"Placentero nos es trabajar
en la viña del gran Rey Jesús,
y honroso nos es predicar
a Su pueblo Su ley y Su lluz.
Por Su luz, por Su luz,
placentero nos es trabajar.
Por Su luz, por Su luz,
moriremos en El sin pesar.

La palabra de Dios escuchad
con ahínco, lealtad y fervor.
Para siempre jamás recordad
Su pureza, verdad y amor.
Con amor, con amor,
la palabra de Dios escuchad.
Con amor, con amor,
la bandera de Dios empuñad.

¡Oh hermanos, adiós, pues, adiós!
El momento de ir vino ya.
Si guardamos la fe en el gran Dios,
nos veremos aún más allá.
Más allá, más allá.
¡Oh hermanos, adiós, pues, adiós!
Más allá, más allá,
moraremos con Dios en amor."

"Placenteronos es trabajar" Himno 88

For those of you who don't know this hymn, it's a Spanish hymn. You can only find it in Spanish, but it has come to be one of my favorites. It's very fitting right now. If you don't know what it means, find a translator. ;)

This is the last email, so I just wanted to share some final thoughts:

1. That was too short. Being a sister is so unfair. Elders are so lucky to have 2 years.

2. My testimony has grown so much on my mission in many ways. But the biggest testimony I have right now is of sacrifice. My brother asked me if I wanted to come home early from my mission to be at his wedding. I told him no, and he said that would be his answer too. :) I was thinking about it today, and I realized that if I had gone home early, I could have been there for my brother's wedding, but also to say goodbye to my grandfather one last time. He passed away on Saturday night. And then I thought of all the miracles we have had in the past two weeks--the Elder Christofferson stake conference, we found two GOLDEN investigators Eva and Sophie, we had some miraculous exchanges, and we saw two of our investigators come to church. And those little miracles that we saw every day made those sacrifices worth it. God knows our lives better than we do, and when we have our hardest days, he sends us the smallest miracles that make the hard days so much brighter.

"In ancient days, sacrifice meant to make something or someone holy. It has now come to mean to give up or suffer the loss of worldly things for the Lord and his kingdom. Members of the Lord’s Church should be willing to sacrifice all things for the Lord. Joseph Smith taught that “a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has the power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation.” In the eternal perspective, the blessings obtained by sacrifice are greater than anything that is given up."

Oh hermanos adios, pues adios. El momento de ir vino ya. Si guardamos la fe en el gran Dios, nos veremos aun mas alla.

Hasta luego!

Con mucho amor,

Hermana Kennedy

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