MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS FAMILY!
It is that glorious time of the year, when everyone has softened hearts, when everyone talks to you and smiles, when everyone wants to give and give! Don't let it stop.
I love every minute I have to serve. I have an incredible companion, Sister Whittier. She teaches me so much and stretches me so much. She is like a little angel on my shoulder guiding me to choose the right.
I learned a lot about persistence and boldness this week……..
We taught the word of wisdom to Sandy this week and the response we got was well...a typical response from Sandy. She is very honest and open with us which we are grateful for. We asked, "Sandy will you live the word of wisdom?" And in her southern black accent she responded, "No, I will not...I will not become a Mormon if I have to give up my coffee." BUT we continued to ask her if she would read about it...
"Will you pray about it?"
"Will you think about the things we have taught today?"
Later that evening we get a phone call from Sandy..."I have a question about this Doctrine and Covenants 89……. is that in my Book of Mormon you gave me? When can I get one of those?"
AHHHHH She not only read the pamphlet we gave her, but called us and another member of the ward, asked us a question, and asked to learn more!
We have been teaching a gentlemen named George recently...not sure if I mentioned but he’ll be coming into the fold on Jan 11th! We are so stoked for him. He has a great desire to follow, learn, love and live the gospel of Jesus Christ to its fullness. He loves learning, reading and being refined. You will meet him in Heaven someday or hopefully sooner!
I love this gospel with all my heart. I find so much joy in learning and reading the Book of Mormon. What incredible power and spirit comes into our lives as we just open it up.
Last thought of the week...our mission president's wife shared with us something President Slaughter often loves to do....wrap up his kids old toys for Christmas that they have forgotten about and watch their cheerful smiles and happy faces as they open then up, again. He challenged us to find those old gifts and talents we have forgotten about, unwrap them, cherish them, and find joy in using them.
I love you all so much and can't wait to talk with you in just a few!!!
Much much love,