Week #5 in Berlin (5 January 2015). Reese worked steadily right up to the end and had one final chance to do a baptism interview of a sister who was baptized on Saturday. Today, Reese went to the mission home for a final dinner and testimony meeting. Reese said that for the last couple of weeks he has just kept trying to tell himself that he had "two more years." But, tomorrow he will leave Berlin for home--traveling from Berlin to Amsterdam to Detroit to Salt Lake City. He concluded his letter: "The mission has taught me a lot of things but it just really makes me thankful. I'm thankful for everything that I have been given. I know that the Church is true, simply due to the fact that it makes you happy. I cannot explain why, but it is just that way. I know that Christ is our Saviour, and that we can become perfect through Him and following His example. I guess I'm kind of like Nephi - "I know that God loves his children, but I do not know the meaning of all things." I really do not, but I know that God loves us, even if it doesn't seem that way. The Gospel really is that good." Here is the traditional Germany Berlin Mission photos of Reese with President and Sister Kosak and Reese with the other elders who were finishing their mission one week early to return home for college.
Front: President & Sister Kosak, Elder Poch
Elder Christensen, Elder Schmidt and Elder Poch, all joined Reese for the entire trip. Four happy families greeted their sons in Salt Lake City. Finally, here is a screen shot of the Mission Blog with the same photos. President Kosak has done such a marvelous job of keeping up the blog for all of the missionaries and their parents.