Monday, December 7, 2015

It´s over.

Well, I never thought this day would come, but it is now time to call it and head back home. It breaks my heart to leave this missionary work, but at the same time, I know it is just the beginning of serving and ministering in the church, and I have a lifetime full of missionary opportunities. So this is just the beginning! If there is one thing I learned during my time as a missionary it is this... YOU can be that ONE person. It takes only one faithful disciple of Jesus Christ to change the lives of many. That is the thing I want to take home with me most. This work is the most fulfilling of all things and I look forward to serving the Lord at home. Our prophet, Thomas S. Monson, is one the greatest examples of this. I love reading stories about him visiting the ONE, as a response to a spiritual prompting. If there is one thing you can do this Christmas season to ensure the true Christmas spirit, I would say this... administer to the one. Just like the Savior did. Not only will you bless someone immensely, but your heart will be filled with the true meaning of Christmas. 

I have gained a great love for the Swedish people and their culture. I can´t help but cry when I read and hear stories about the faithful members of the church here. Especially the early saints, who left their beautiful countries to Zion. Can you imagine the faith that must have taken? They were taught about a latter-day prophet who they had never seen and could not even be certain if he really even existed. They couldn´t google "Joseph Smith" or "Book of Mormon" to make sure this was no scam. They could not just take a plane ride to "check things out"; see if this is all just a hoax after all. No, they had to take the enormous step of faith. They left their countries knowing that there was a good chance they wouldn´t all arrive in one piece. They knew that family members would die. They knew they would suffer in dire circumstances. And they did all of this, because of a spiritual conviction, which came from a book. They couldn´t deny the witness they received, and neither can I. I know with all of my heart that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. He was a good man. An imperfect man, but a good man. I have had every ounce of anti-Mormon material thrown at me, followed with just about every reason not to believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet. But, I cannot deny it. I love that man and I love learning about him. I know he translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God, and if he somehow did not translate by the power of God and did not see God the Father and Jesus Christ; if this was all a hoax after all, and he still managed to bring forth this profound scripture and a thriving church, then that itself would be a greater miracle than him seeing God and Jesus Christ and translating a book by this divine power. 

I love my Savior with all of my heart. He has carried my these last two years. I have done nothing. This is His ministry and His work. I am simply just here trying to help, while He has really been doing it all for me. I cannot do much, but I will always try, and I will serve Him forever. 

I will forever be grateful for my mission. It has been the ultimate refiners fire. I haven´t learned everything and I still have many imperfections I need to overcome. But this can I say... I have come a long ways with the help of Jesus Christ. This work has a power to change people if they let it, and I have seen a change in myself. 

I love my parents, siblings, family, and friends, who have supported me and helped me do this. I love my mom and dad so much and will never be able to repay them for the Christlike service they have given me and for the life they have blessed me with. The least I can do is pay it forward when I have my own children. I love my brother Erik and I am so proud he is doing the same thing, dedicating his life to the Lord. If he can get just a piece of the same happiness I have felt serving the Lord, then I will be happy. 

I love you all and cannot wait to see you in a couple of days!

I will end this by saying this...Of all the testimonies that have been given of Him, this is NOT the last testimony I will give of him, but is the beginning of my personal ministry as a disciple of Jesus Christ. But this is my testimony... He lives. I love you all and will see you in a couple of days. 

Äldste Jacob Kapp