My neice Kate is home from her mission. Here's from her last letter: I don't think it has quite hit me that this is all over and that I am entering a new stage of life. I am scared, but I am also excited to begin to exercise my faith and apply all that I have learned on my mission to my own life. I know that God answers prayers. I know he can give us direct revelation to help us. The more I ponder on the scriptures the more I know this is true. Nothing will bring us more happiness than the gospel. Something that Dad has always said is that the gospel is simple and as we do our best we will live with God again as an eternal family. I know that is true more now than any other time in my life. The gospel is simple. Gods plan is perfect! I love my mission with all of my heart and I will be forever grateful I made this decision. I know that my Heavenly Father is pleased with me. Thanks for all of your love and support! You are the best family and I will see you soon!
A mission can serve as a standard for the rest of a returned missionary’s life. . . Almost daily, you can draw upon the experiences you had and the testimony you built during those days. . . Those who continue to nurture the personal growth that was so abundant in the mission field will one day be greeted by the Savior at the end of life’s mission with the words of divine approval: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” (Matt. 25:21.)
Bruce L. Olsen,
"Home from a Mission", Ensign, June 1991, 46