It’s What I’m Taking With Me When I Go

Happy Monday everyone! As I mentioned last Monday, I won’t be giving a super big update, as I wanted to keep things simple today. I’ve got a lot to do to prepare to go home this week…and to soak up every minute I have left.

I just wanted to share a quick miracle from this weekend. For the last 6 months, our entire mission along with the members we serve with here in the Michigan, Lansing Mission, have been praying to receive a temple here in Western Michigan to be a blessing to members and missionaries in the future. I was so grateful and humbled when President Russell M. Nelson announced that a temple would be built in Grand Rapids, MI. We had an opportunity to be with some members at this point, and we were able to rejoice together in this amazing blessing that will come to Michigan. It was such a testimony to me that Heavenly Father is so intimately aware of every single one of His children, and that there is a power in prayer, especially being unified in prayer.

I know that Heavenly Father hears and answers every sincere prayer in His timing and way. I know that He always has our best interest, happiness, and eternal progression in mind as He answers those prayers, when, and how. I’ve seen this so many times throughout the mission, especially in the harder moments.

I’ve come to know my Savior so personally throughout the mission. I’ve learned more about his role in my everyday life, and I’ve seen the stark difference knowing him brings to people’s lives. He truly is the center of Heavenly Father’s plan for us and was always intended to be our Advocate, Redeemer, The Way, The Truth, The Light, and The Word. Advocate is one of my favorite of his names because he truly fights for us with truth. He does not excuse our sins, but has provided a way through him to overcome them. He fights for us.

I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Jesus Christ’s New Testament Church on the Earth today, because I have studied the Bible and The Book of Mormon with the intent to understand who Jesus Christ is and if The Book of Mormon isn’t the word of God. I have received an answer from the Spirit for myself, as I know anyone sincerly searching can also find an answer.

Because of the witness of the Holy Spirit and my understanding of the scriptures, I know that God is unchanging and He and His Son Jesus Christ are "the same yesterday, today and forever," (Hebrews 13:18) and therefore they still call prophets in order to help Their people understand the word of God, Their nature and work, and to guide us to know and understand who Jesus Christ is and what his sacrifice truly means and how we can apply his Atonement in our lives daily.

I know Russell M. Nelson is the current prophet of God because I have asked of God, and the Spirit has testified to me of the truth. Nothing he has taught, testified of, or invited the world to do has ever contradicted the Bible & Book of Mormon, and has ALWAYS pointed towards the Savior and not himself. He has made it clear in his addresses that this is JESUS CHRIST’S church, and that Jesus Christ is the only name given that we can enter the kingdom of The Father (Acts 4:10,12), and that through Christ alone we can recieve forgiveness for our sins against God, be made clean, and find healing and progression.

I know The Book of Mormon is the word of God and that Joseph Smith was truly called to be a prophet of God, and was everything he professed to be. I have prayed many times about the truthfulness of The Book of Mormon, and again because of the Spirit testifying of it being the word of God, in addition to the invitations, teachings, and doctrine contained in that record of the early settlers of the Americas, I know it is the wors of God and that it will only help us grow closer to Jesus Christ. As I’ve heard so many people, including my mission president, testify of who Joseph Smith was and is, the Spirit has touched my heart. It’s led me to study, ponder, and pray. I KNOW Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. He was persecuted for his devotion and loyalty to God and for not denying what the Lord had shown & told him. For not giving up in the face of adversity. His testimony was sealed with his blood, as a martyr, as he was murdered. He never denied that he saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, two separate beings with one purpose, a perfect love for the children of God, and a desire to bring us home.

I have studied, pondered & prayed many times about God The Father, Jesus Christ, and the Spirit, being three separate beings, and it’s so simple and plain. They are separate beings, but one in purpose. They have called us to be one with them (John 17:21-23). God delights in plainess, while Satan deletes in confusion. I know that those seeking truth with a sincere heart, ready to act on the answer they receive, will recieve an answer from the Spirit, that they are indeed separate beings.

Lastly, I testify that helping bring and inviting people to come to the covenant path of the Lord is the greatest work we could participate in on this Earth. God’s work and glory is to "bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." (Moses 1:39) I have been happier than I’ve ever been in my life, and I know that it is because I have grown closer to my Savior, have participated in loving his children, shared the good news and my testimony of it, and invited them to learn more and experience the joy I have found through the Savior. There is so much work to be done, both for people on the Earth, and for people who have passed on, who I testify, we will see and live with again through binding ourselves as families to the Savior through the ordinances performed in His holy temples.

I testify that these things are of God. I still have a flawed knowledge, but the Spirit testifies of truth and this is why I know these things are true. God loves His children unconditionally, so much so that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to suffer the sins of the world for each of us. Nothing can separate us from his love, and through His Son, we can overcome the sins that separate us from His presence. I testify of these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Sister (Katie) Malan

"I wish that we could make it last
A little longer.
A little longer.

The time we had went by too fast.
The bonds between us-
They’ve grown stronger.

We walked along this road together.
Now we can hold these moments forever.

Every smile. Every laugh, all the memories that we had.
That’s what I’m taking with me.
And that’s what I’m taking with me.
Stronger faith, no more tears, yeah we started something here that will grow .
That’s what I’m taking with me when I go.

Something happened in this place.
It was amazing,
Forever changing

The fire we felt can’t be erased.
It was a spark
But now it’s blazing.

Even when we’re far apart
The love we shared is written in our hearts.

Every smile. Every laugh, all the memories that we had
That’s what I’m taking with me.
And that’s what I’m taking with me.
Stronger faith, no more tears, yeah we started something here that will grow.
That’s what I’m taking with me when I go.

The hope, the dreams, these are the days. These are the days.
The joy, the tears, these are the days.
These are the days we’ll remember.

Every smile. Every laugh, all the memories that we had.
That’s what I’m taking with me.
And that’s what I’m taking with me.
Stronger faith, no more tears, yeah we started something here that will grow
That’s what I’m taking with me when I go.

That’s what I’m taking with me when I go."

("When I Go" by Jessica French)

Published by Katie Malan

Sister Malan is currently a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in the Michigan Lansing Mission (United States).

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  1. Sweet, sweet (Katie) Sister Malan,
    I so appreciate your sharing of your area’s “miracle.” What a wonderful experience for all of you and for Michigan!
    I am in awe of your words, your ever-growing testimony, your loving service, your deep gratitude, your kindness, your love, your faith, your strength, your closeness to Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, and your relationship with Them and with the Holy Ghost. You have served well, honorably, honestly, with love unfeigned, with joy and gentleness, with grace and gratitude. You have shared your many talents, spread joy and truth, you have given your all! You shall hear, in that great and last day, from our Father in Heaven and his Only Begotten Son, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” I have no more words.
    We love you, Katie, and we are looking forward to seeing you back home…soon!
    Grandma Malan

  2. Coleen Gleason here, your Grandma Cook’s best friend. I just want to tell you that I loved your testimony of Christ that you’ve shared in your final e-mail from your mission. I’m sad you never got to serve in Ada where my son and his family live, but it’s clear you’ve done a great job as a missionary. Good luck with whatever you are planning to do now that your mission is over!!

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