OKAY I am soooo excited to talk to you all on Wednesday. That is going to truly be the best Christmas present that I could ask for on my mission (well, that and baptisms of course. Had to slip that in there haha) But seriously it is going to be wonderful talking to ya'll!!! It is currently really cold and snowy here and its only okay because tis the season, right? But any other time? Yeah...no. No snow please. Brrrrr! Little Leah is too cute in that sled. The pictures of her and everyone melt my heart! Oh! I loved the family Christmas letter and the picture of me and the big bear. Tried to convert him...that silly bear haha. Let me know when you all get my Christmas surprise in the mail
Last week was so much fun. I just love this time of the year. It seems that people's hearts are softened and they are more willing to talk about the Savior and his birth. Its nice to see that we have that much in common. Its the perfect opportunity to share the Gospel with the people around us just sayin... We have been reading Luke 2 without a lot of families and explaining the true meaning of Christmas and that if we take a step back and remember our Savior and all that He has done for us that we will find more peace in our lives and will be a little more happier.
So, this week we saw S and talked to him about prophets and watched The Restoration video with him and the Spirit was so strong and afterwards we asked him how he felt and he said that he didn't feel the same way as we did and that he didn't feel the Holy Ghost. It was such a bummer!!! But the Massey's are going out of town for the holidays for a few weeks so all decided to take a break from lessons until they get back. We want to see how he feels and if he notices a difference in his day to day life without us teaching him. We are still going to go over and visit him probably once a week to see how he is doing and give him that spiritual uplift so we will see how that goes.
A is doing really well. He told us that he wasn't going to pray to know if the Book of Mormon is true because he believes that he already has the truth but we told him that if he wants to know the truth either way that he has to pray specifically to know if the Book of Mormon is true and he said he would so we are so excited to see what happens!! I think I mentioned it before but he doesn't live in our ward boundaries sadly so we told the Elders in his ward to go over and introduce themselves just so him and his daughter have more exposure to the Church and maybe they can even go to church with them!!
On Wednesday, we had a Christmas conference with two other zones in the area. President Fink (in the mission presidency) The AP's and President and Sister Anderson all spoke. It was a very uplifting day! They reminded us of the true meaning of Christmas and showed us a few Mormon Messages that were really cute. Between each video they had question up on the screen that they wanted us to write down and answer later. Some of the questions were "what is the true meaning of Christmas?" and "how will you serve Christ and others this year?" It really made me think how I am going to serve Christ and others this new year and how I want to try my hardest to bring others unto Christ because that is the source of my ultimate happiness.
On Friday we went caroling as a district to some of the Less-Actives in our ward and in a ward next to ours. It was so much fun to be able to bring the Spirit of Christmas to them. We gave them little presents with some cookies and the Joy to the World DVD. It just makes me so happy to serve others! We also went caroling on Saturday night with the elders in our ward and some of the youth. We basically went "carol-tracting" hahah and a really precious older couple let us come in and gave us chocolate (they obviously know the way to my heart) and the little grandma gave us a hug! She is a southern Baptist and said "sorry ya'll" but its really cool because she works with a member in our ward. It's awesome how there always seems to be those connections.
The Spirit of Christmas is SO strong on the mission and I am loving it!! Later today a member and her daughter are taking Sister Ercanbrack and I to get pedis!! #spoiled. I almost cried when they offered because my heels are pretty nasty from walking so much... sorry bout it. And then for Christmas Eve we are going to a less-active family's house to spend it with them and then the zone is meeting up at the church to do a secret Santa. On Christmas day we were invited to three different houses to celebrate with them so it is going to be a great day! So that's my plans for the next couple of days and I will talk to you on Christmas!!!!! I love you and miss you all sooo much! I pray for you always.
Happy birthday to Uncle Chris and cousin Susan this week!
Feliz Navidad yaaaaaaa'll! (proud family anyone?)