To my dearest family,
So, I can´t believe that I´m writing my last letter as a missionary today. The time went by much faster than I expected. As you can imagine, this week is very full of mixed emotions for me. I love being a missionary. At the beginning this style of life--most of all living such a scheduled life--it was hard for me. I´ve now come to love it. I love the people here of southern Mexico. So many of the things that surprised me or scared me about the culture I now feel are mine. As cliché as this is, I´ll be leaving a very large piece of my heart here in Mexico.
At the same time, I know that my time as a missionary has come to an end. Last Saturday I hit my two-year mark. I understand that there are other things that I need to do with my life. So, while I will miss so much this beautiful style of life and this land and people that I love, I´m happy and at peace. I did what I was sent to do, and now it´s over. Contrary to popular opinion, I haven´t been a perfect missionary. Actually, more than ever in my life I´ve learned about my imperfections and weakness. But despite those imperfections and weaknesses I am satisfied with my work and I leave the mission field in peace. I am so incredibly grateful for everything that I´ve learned and become. With a very different understanding than I had as I started my mission, I now consider myself capable and ready to live the rest of my life as a disciple and servant of Jesus Christ and do the part that corresponds to me personally in the progress of His great Work of Salvation. I know without a doubt that as long as I love the Lord and always have as my first priority over all other things being obedient to Him, I will live a happy life and I will progress.
I´m very excited to see you all on Thursday. I never knew how much I loved you all until I didn´t see you for an entire two years :)
See you in a couple of days!
Con mucho amor,Elder Andrew Nickerl