Posting a few tidbits from Elder Pope's last message. It was tough paring it down, it was chock full of good stuff! From Elder Pope:
…more and more I am thankful for all that I have and have been blessed with. This life is so funny. You just don't get it until you're thrown into it. Life here is great though! My comp and I have grown so much; we just finished a transfer and have realized that we have changed so much for the better.
I can see I have come a long ways since I first got here. I look at how much I went through to get to where I am today and I can now say I made a very good choice. Probably the best one I could have made at this point in my life. A mission is a must. Thank you so much for helping me to be out here. I couldn't do it without all of you.
My companion said a few things to me. He thinks I'll be an architect of some kind and that I'll be a leader throughout the mission. That I'll meet my wife while I'm hiking in Glacier National Park, haha, oh brother! Funny guy, man I love him. Reflecting on all the missionaries who taught me I feel wayyyyy bad for them! I must have felt sooo close, but I just took foreverrrrr. They all shaped me in different ways! So thankful for being able to meet them!…
With Love, Elder Pope