Hermana Madison Ward's final email from her mission:
Well there is one scripture that describes how I am feeling right now. It is found in 3 John 13&14.
"I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee: But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name."
I believe this sums up the feelings that I have. I would like to bear my testimony one last time as a missionary though;
I can't quite begin to tell you how much I have learned here in this little part of Virginia that I have been in for the past 18 months. I would have never guessed how much the Lord had in store for me here. Virginia will forever have a tender spot in my heart. I love this place for what it has helped me become. Through my experiences here I have been able to truly come to understand the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know without a single doubt in my mind that Joseph Smith was called to restore the Priesthood power back on this earth today and in turn he restored the Church of Jesus Christ. I have come to know this through The Book of Mormon which is pure evidence that Joseph Smith was the prophet of the restoration. I can't deny the spirit that I feel everytime I read The Book of Mormon. I know it is true. I have received answer after answer and guidance in that book. I encourage EVERYONE to read that book and to truly find out for themselves if it is true. I love praying to know if The Book of Mormon is true because every single time I receive a positive answer to my question. Through The Book of Mormon I have also come to know my Savior and older brother, Jesus Christ. I know it testifies of Christ and I can literally feel his helping hand when I search the scriptures. Our happiness is up to us in this life. God is the same, always and we are the ones who need to come unto Him and change ourselves. I promise that we will be much more happier if we just submit to His will. I love this gospel and I am grateful for the person I have become here on my mission. I can't put into words how much my mission means to me. I love my Savior and know he lives. I know that this is the true church. I love you all and thank you for the support you have all given me through this time. I wouldnt have been able to do it without all of you. I love you.
God be with you till we meet on FRIDAY!!!