Man, wouldn't it just be the best thing in the entire world if we got an entire day to skype?? Talking with my family and getting to see them was definitely the highlight. My beautiful family has changed in a lot of ways, but really they are just as strange and awkward as ever. But thats why I love them so much and we all get along so well! This week honestly feels like a blur... I don't even remember half of it. It was the epitome of bittersweet. But we met some super cool people!
So Sister Hale and her old companion, Sister Rogers, were working with an investigator named Ella who was baptized last weekend. She is the sweetest lady ever, and I already love her so much! Her son and his girlfriend came up for the holidays and she has been talking all about this new "church home" that she has found, and telling them about her baptism and everything! She got them all pumped up, and they came to church yesterday and watched her get confirmed! They stayed the entire time, and during the second hour, we had a lesson on scriptures in the gospel principles class, where we went through all four standard works and explained them and talked about why they were all important and how they were revelation from God. It was perfect! The girlfriend was taking noted the whole time! At the end of church, they both had a Book of Mormon, and said that they wanted to keep learning more after they left! It was so amazing!
And let me know how many of your lessons in church were on setting goals.... its just for fun...
We had some great finding time this week, where we went places in our area where no missionaries had gone before!!! I felt like an astronaut... or Indiana Jones or something. But we had a lot of lessons, and met some really cool people!
Oh yeah, and for Christmas Eve, we went over to a member's house, and they had another elderly lady there who was joining us too. We had a great dinner and nativity skit, and then we offered to drive the elderly lady home so that the dad didn't have to leave his family for that long. We were all riding in the other sister companionship's car, and as were were driving the lady asked if we would sing some carols to her, so all four of us sang songs all the way to her house. The lady was crying and crying and saying that this was the best Christmas Eve she had ever been a part of! It felt so good to cheer her up, and was another testimony to me that there is more service we can do than just physical labor. There is also spiritual service that helps the soul. :)
Thank you so much for all of your sustaining prayers and love. Your faith is what helps get this work done. Heavenly Father has blessed me so much I feel absolutely spoiled. Even when it is hard out here, His Grace is sufficient. But your prayers definitely give a lot of comfort. :)
I pray that you all had a wonderful Christmas and have a fabulous new year!!! Don't go get drunk on New Years eve though.... Hey maybe if you watch the ball dropping in Time Square you will see me! Just kidding, we probably have to be in early that night haha. Love you all so much!