Sunday, February 20, 2011

Last entry... from America!

Hey everyone!  This is the late Sister Reed writing... now known as Tiara again.  :)

The last couple of days have been full of travel.  Me and Sister Fronk took the night train for the last time from Krasnoyarsk to Novo.  It was a sad experience knowing that we wouldn't be able to ride the Siberian railway again...
The next day we had our final interviews and then an evening at President's house where we did some "tie-cutting ceremony."  (I'm not exactly sure what it means.)  :)  Then the next morning early we flew out of Novosibirsk and the travelling started.  We flew from Novo to Moscow (4.15 hours).  Then from Moscow to New York (10 hours).  Then in New York we all parted ways :( (there were 4 of us sisters) and I took a 6 hour flight to Seattle.  I finally got into Spokane at about 12.30 in the morning on Friday, the same day that I left.  :) 


On Saturday I got released by my Stake President.  Emotional experience.  I can't imagine any other life except being a missionary.  I already miss Russia so much!  And all my loved ones!!  It is a tough transition like every returned missionary knows.  I am so so grateful that I had the opportunity to serve the Lord. 
I am so grateful for the last 1 1/2 years and all the experiences that Heavenly Father blessed me with.  I would never take that time back!  I can't imagine my life without my mission, and the people that I've met on my mission.

I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the one true church on the earth.  I know that Jesus Christ is our savior and redeemer.  He is my best friend.  I am so grateful that He performed the atonement for us so we could repent and be cleansed from our sins.  Only through Him can we return to live with our Heavenly father for eternity. 
I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for every one of His children, and He wants us all to return to live with Him someday.  Through the gospel of Jesus Christ we know how to do this. 

Thank you everyone for following this blog and sharing this part of my life with me. 

I love you all!!

(Sister) Tiara Reed :)


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