This year marks 10 years since I arrived in João Pessoa Brazil to begin a two-year full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have no words to adequately describe how much these two years impacted my life. The experiences I had there preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ cemented the spiritual foundation that has comforted and guided me through many trials, and it will continue to be a source of strength in difficult times to come.
While this was an amazing, faith-building experience, it was not enough to last me a lifetime. A foundation is only the beginning of a house, and a house needs to be maintained over time or it will rot. I have come to learn how important it is to continually seek spiritual experiences in order to maintain my spiritual house so I will always be ready for the storms and whirlwinds of life.
I'm grateful for a loving Heavenly Father that is always willing to show His hand as long as we are prepared to recognize it. ~Jeff Gardner
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