Sunday, January 4, 2015

December 16th

What a crazy week it's been, I can't believe Christmas is next week, much less believe that it's actually December.   I woke up this morning and looked at the date and realized that it was my 14 months mark... who would have thought that 14 months could go by that quickly....
 
Christmas in the mission is a wonderful thing.  I think i'll do it again next year :).  Monday was probably one of the best Monday's I've ever had.  It was really sad to say goodbye to  Hna Callaway, but I then got to be in an AWESOME trio for a day.  Sister Roedel and Hna Maxwell, 2 of my favorite missionaries!  And we rocked it!  We had 2 amazing lessons and then we spent an hour caroling and OYMing.  And there is just something so special about being able to OYM about Christmas!  Like people are way more excited to talk to you!
 
One miracle we saw Monday was F- he is the 9 year old of a member who didn't want him to get baptized at 8 because she didn't feel he was prepared.  So now we get to teach him and he's the cutest thing every!  (and super smart... he totally could have gotten baptized at 8).  We were asking him if he'd read in the book of Mormon and he was retelling us the story of Nephi trying to get the plates (1 Nephi 3-4).  When he got to the part about Nephi cutting off Laban's head, he wouldn't tell us that part because "It's disgusting!"  (his words :) )
 
Tuesday: transfers happened and my new companion is Hna Torres!  She's from Fresno California, has been a member for about 2 years, and she's a native speaker.... Does anyone see a pattern here?  She's fantastic and has a real desire to learn!  Tuesday was good, we were able to teach a lesson and visit with a member and have correlation.

 
The rest of the week was filled with contacting members, visiting investigators and constantly OYMing.  As a missionary force in the US we are suppose to talk to 70 people a week while doing the "He is the Gift."  Well last week we were 3 people short with a total of 67 OYMs.  So this week our goal is 110.  Go big right?
 
We haven't been able to teach any news from those OYMs yet, but we have a lot of potential investigators in the people we've met and want us to come back!  So pray that they'll be home and open their doors so that we can teach them!
 
We had a miracle lesson with M.  She hasn't really been progressing and we have tried and tried to help her, but it really all comes down to her attitude and if she's willing to work for her self.  But she read this week, and the members that came with us, really helped her understand our purpose more (she seems to listen to them more than us...).  She reset a baptismal date and has progressed in little ways. 
 
We continue caroling people everyday and it's been amazing to see the results.  Some people are really excited and open their doors.  Others just continually walk past the door like nothing is going on... but we've been able to meet some amazing people.  And singing Christmas songs all the time really makes you happy :)
 
I love you all and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas filled week!  Take some time to appreciate the gift of Jesus Christ and then to share it with other people!  I love you all!

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