From: Nathan DeBeikes <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 2:44 AM
Subject: Transfer Week
Hello once again everyone! This week was interesting. i was sick on Tuesday and Wednesday, which was no fun. we had to just sit around the flat all day, and it was so boring and all i wanted to do was be out and about, but i couldnt do anything. Luke did not end up getting baptized, he didn’t want to rush into things, and he is going to Romania for a couple weeks for Christmas, so we are planning his baptism for after he gets back, which is okay. Elder Harris found out that he will be training a new missionary this transfer, so we are splitting up on wednesday, which is unfortunate. it also means that there is about a 95 percent chance that i am also leaving coventry on wednesday, which i am pretty sad about. especially right before Christmas. but i know that if i do leave, i am meant to be somewhere else, with someone else. even though it is a little sad, i am excited to start a new chapter of my mission. i can’t believe how fast everything is going, and i never have any time to stop and let things settle in, it just keeps moving. i have absolutely loved my time in coventry. i have loved teaching so many different types of people this wonderful gospel that blesses so many peoples’ lives. i am so grateful that i have had so many opportunities to see how the wonderful message that we share can change peoples’ lives, even if it is in the smallest way. everytime i share the gospel, it makes me so thankful for it, and i can truly see how happy it makes me. when i have a few minutes to sit back and think about how blessed i have been in my life, i see how much of an influence growing up in the church has had on me. everything about it has made me so happy, and it has made me the person i am today. i know that there is no way i would be as happy without it, and i know that there would just be something missing. in these four and a half months, my testimony of this restored gospel has grown immensely. How could it not be true? the more i study about it, the more it all just makes sense. and not only does it just make sense, but i can feel the spirit so strongly as i share my testimony with others, and as i read the book of mormon. the book of mormon is an amazing tool that we should all be using in our lives as much as we can. I never realized until my mission of how much it truly testifies of Christ, and as we read it we can feel His influence in our lives, and i absolutely know without a doubt in my mind that we will become closer to Him and be so happy. I love everything about the gospel, and i know of its power in our lives. These are just a few of the many things that i have learned on my mission. what an amazing experience i am having. i love all of you very much. have a fantastic week.
with much love, Elder DeBeikes