Elder Josh Garff

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Te Rata Hopea, La Dernière Lettre - The Last Letter

Great split with Elder Packer at Mahina!  Loved it!
Ia ora na tout le monde!

Sorry for the delay... Normally we do emails on Monday, but, we had a timing issue and were able to write on Wednesday!

First of all, Happy Mothers Day to Grandma Anderson, Gam, all the other Mothers, the future mothers, and especially to my Mom :) And at the same time, Happy Birthday Grandpa Jay!

This is the last email as a missionary that I will be able to send to all of you! It has been a great ride and I am grateful for all of your support! I am sorry if I am not able to respond to some of your letters for this last week or even over the course of my mission, but I hope you know that I love you all and can't wait to talk to you in person! 

I would love to invite those who can to a little open house on Saturday May 27 from 6-9 PM! My address is 3501 South 2700 East, SLC, UT 84109 and I would love to see you! I will be speaking in Sacrament Meeting the next day, Sunday May 28 from 1-2 PM at 3103 East Craig Drive SLC, UT. If you have any questions, you can shoot me an email at this email address,, message by Facebook "Josh Garff", or by calling 801-463-1078 (home phone) or my cell phone 801-558-9893 (which I hope my parents haven't given away ;) )!
Got to love cleaning a mysterious water leak with sponges...
We don't know why it is brown, but honestly, we did not want to know.
Funny Moment of this week: Got to love when there is a water leak in the house and you have to clean up mysterious brown water in the house... I guess this is parent preparation? Ha ha ha!
Culture Shock: Not that I am trunky at all, but it is pretty shocking to believe that at this time next week I'll be in America! I honestly have missed America and especially have missed my friends and family even more! I can't wait to see you all!
A great breakfast burrito day with Elder Piazza, Elder Smith, and Elder Fawson!
Spiritual Thought: For the last spiritual thought, I would love to talk about the greatest lesson that I have learned as a missionary. I have learned a lot, but the most important thing that I have learned is: Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I will speak more about this next Sunday, but, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the most important thing we can aquire in this life. Faith in general is weak. Faith without actions is dead. But, Faith centered on Jesus Christ leads us to do and accept His ordinances and trust in His promises for us. Faith does not justify us for eternal life or exaltation. Faith centered on Jesus Christ which is followed by righteous actions does. It doesn't matter what words you have spoken, what promises and convenants you have failed to keep, what actions you wish you could take back, what chances you have missed or think you have missed; all of these things can be taken away thanks to Jesus Christ and His Atonement. To accept His Atonement He only asks for us to do three things:
1. Have Faith and Believe on Him. Meaning: Have confidence in His promises and ability to help us.
2. Repent. Meaning: change the desires of our hearts and change our bad actions into good ones.
3. Accomplish and Keep to the best of our ability His Ordinances. Meaning: Repenting and renewing our convenants every time we fall short, and having faith in and believing in the Redeeming Power of The Atonement of Jesus Christ and its promise to purify, sanctify, and justify us at the last day.

Have Faith in Christ! Act according to your Faith in Him! And you will be able to sing the song of redeeming love forever! I have seen it in the lives of many converts and inactives. I have seen it in my own life. And I know you can all see it in your lives. 

Of the many testimonies I have given of Christ, the last testimony that I would like to share with you all as a missionary is that HE LIVES!

I love you all, hope to see you soon!

Elder Garff

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