Well folks, it was a pretty good Christmas-y week.
Did I miss our fun Christmas traditions? Yes.
Did I miss having my family around? Like crazy.
Was it worth it? Most definitely!
Christmas Eve was
spent with a part member family. They had "pickin's" for their Christmas
Ever dinner. "Pickin's" included sandwiches, fresh veggies, potato
salad, chips, etc. It was a nice little dinner with wonderful company.
Also, I will never look at "Saturday Warriors" the same way again. That
fantastic musical was the turning point in the member's conversion
story. Who would have ever thought? It must have been line upon line.
Christmas started with a text message right at 6:30 am. I
think the investigator was waiting for the moment we woke up to tell us
she was engaged! She was thinking diamonds and we were thinking one step
closer to baptism!! After that excitement and the normal morning
routine. We headed to Annie's house (the home I was skyping at) for
Sister Clark to get some family time via skype. We happened to be there
for their very delicious Christmas breakfast.
The next portion of the day was spent in studies and opening
our presents. Yes, we were both very, very spoiled. Thank you all! I did
some damage on Facebook and then we headed to a family's Christmas
lunch/dinner. They had casseroles galore. All we need to do is add some
water and they would be Mormon. Visits were made to some of the
shut-in's and branch members. We went back Annie's house for a talent
show (impromptu piano song) and dessert.
Then came the best part: skyping!! I just loved it! Thank
goodness for technology. It was great to see everyone (even if it was
through multiple screens)! And for everyone I didn't see, know that I
love you and miss you!!
It was an eventful Christmas to say the least. Other than
that, we had a lot of members come out with us during the week. Let me
teach y'all a little equation:
Member present lessons = the best lessons ever
This is why they are encouraging members to jump into
missionary work!!! It's because it works!!!!! Those are easily my best
lessons. The testimony of members is something that a missionary cannot
duplicate. Are you realizing the importance of members? WILL YOU go out
with the missionaries at least ONCE in the month of January? And then do
it some more. And make it a tradition. Just do it.
Busy, busy week passed. Busy, busy week coming. I'll be making
lots of goals this Tuesday evening and please share some of your goals
with me! I'm feeling extra ambitious today so I will issue another
challenge: WILL YOU allow the Lord to be a part of your goal setting? It
is something we do as missionaries and that is when the miracles
I think I best end this before I extend another challenge.
I love you and the Savior loves you. What more can I say?