Leaving Lebanon

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November 4, 2013 by sisterrachelknecht

Dearest family and friends,
Where do I even start? I’m leaving Lebanon, after 7 months! I’m going to live in Springfield, and we’ll be in the White House Ward and Madison Spanish branch. I’ll be with Hermana Davis, the other STL. It’s pretty cool, because we’re the first STLs in the mission to be put together as companions! It’s her last transfer in the mission, so we’re definitely going to work hard, play hard. She’s awesome, and I’m really excited.
But, this is really hard! I remember what it was like to leave home, and it was definitely not like this. I had no idea what I was diving into. I was just ready to go! But Lebanon has been my home for the last 7 months, and I’ll probably never forget how to navigate the town. I’ll never forget the square, W. Main, the fairgrounds, Hobbs Ave., S. Maple St., Weatherly Trailers, too much good stuff to list. Our investigators, past investigators, awkward contacts, fast friends, and recurring neighborhood characters. And all the members here. They’ve become my family. It definitely hasn’t fully hit me yet.
I remember that Mom would always say that our hearts just always have more room to love people. They just expand, for example, with each one of us as her children. That’s how I feel here. My heart just keeps making room for more people and places. My heart has been broken here worse than any guy could ever break it, and it’s been healed continually. Who knew a heart could break and get put back together that many times? Good to know.
I really don’t have too much time to write today. I have to pack and write a few goodbye notes, so forgive me if this is short! But I’ve learned so much here. I’m excited to move on to fulfill the other things Heavenly Father has in store for me, and I’ll forever be grateful for my time here. I just want to be good, to show the Lord I love Him, and that I trust in His plan.
I was reading through all of your emails today. Y’all made me tear up! The gospel is so wonderful and beautiful. There’s nothing more beautiful than putting your trust in the Lord even when you don’t fully understand His plan, and then seeing the blessings abound.
I’m so grateful for your continued prayers. They do not go unnoticed over here on my end. I know that I have a whole army at home supporting me! It gives me strength to go forward and find joy in the work.
Love love love,
Hermana Rachel Knecht
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