Sunday, January 4, 2015

December 23rd

The week before Christmas and all through the city
the only creature we can find is a little black kitty
Everyone to Juarez has fled
and so to a caroling and a knocking we head-
through the wind and the rain
we sang and we sang
in hopes that someone would open the door
someone who was prepared to learn more!
Though the week wasn't easy
and this rhyme is super cheesy
the week before Christmas was Great!
Chapter Martes: In which a Vision was Interpreted
The week before we had received a referral from a member to visit her neighbor and go carol to her.  Well, we had an appointment cancel and so we went a caroling.  And we had already tried this lady once, but she didn't answer the door.  But when we were out this day, she answered the door crying saying that we were her answer from God.  She had been dealing with herself having cancer and her husband having Alzheimer's.  She wasn't interested in us coming back and teaching her more, but she felt the Spirit and it helped relieve some of her burden in life.  This lady had been praying for help and guidance one night and it came to her in form of a vision.  A white figure appeared to her and touched her heart giving her peace.  Well, we handed her a plan of salvation pamphlet and that was the figure she had seen!  And we testified about Jesus and his plan for her, but she still didn't want us coming back.
Chapter Miercoles: In which we go a caroling
Our appointments all canceled and so we spent about an hour and a half, caroling to people.  Again, no one was interested in us coming back and teaching more, but people for the most part are really nice when they open the door and see you singing. 
Chapter Jueves:  A Christmas without Christmas Cookies
Okay so before you feel bad because of this chapter heading, I really have had Christmas cookies (not as good as Grandma's though...) but Thursday I had the opportunity to help serve a sister in the ward as she made bunuelos for the ward Christmas party.  Guess what I'm making for ya'll next Christmas!  Cookies.  Haha, just kidding, I'll make bunuelos, but probably slightly smaller than the ones made.  And, since they're basically made in the same way as tortillas, I have become an expect tortilla/bunuelo maker.

Chapter Viernes: In which I watch the Music Man
Friday started off like any other day... with district meeting.  And then we did service helping a member with his family history.  And then we asked EVERYBODY in the ward (okay probably not everybody but it felt like it), for a ride to the hospital because F was in the hospital with a kidney infection and we felt like we needed to visit her, we had gotten permission to visit her and all we needed was a ride.  Well, our recent converts N and J took us to the hospital (in the El Centro part of El Paso) and then left us there... because they had other things to do.  And then forgot about us there.... oops.  We had a very lovely lesson with F on Christmas and we read the Luke 2 Christmas story and the 3 Nephi 1 Christmas story.  And then we waited an hour for our ride to come pick us up as we tried to contact them.  We had forgotten our hymnbook or else we would have caroled at the hospital.... double oops.
We made it back in time to go to the ward Christmas party which, started an hour late.  And the party started off with a performance by some of the relief society sisters.  Here's where the Music Man part comes in.  In the music man, think of the Women's dance society when they're doing their performance "one Grecian urn..... two Grecian urns..."...etc. But instead of the whole Grecian urn, speed up the music, put them in Christmas colored church clothes and them have them dancing.  I don't know why it reminded me of the music man, but it could have been because they were up on stage during their thang and everyone else was watching wondering what in the world was going on.  Just like in the movie.  It also could just mean I've been a missionary too long... and I think you really had to be there.  The ward Christmas party food was really good, pozole and bunuelos (which I helped make!!!)

(for those of you who are not familiar with the grecian urn scene in the music man, i found a video on youtube. its only about the first 20 seconds of the video, but that is what emily was referring to.)

Chapter Sabado:  In which we went to 2 baptisms
The 8 year old daughter of a part member family was getting baptized and we were asked to speaking on the holy Ghost.  So we went, and none of our investigators came.  And then later the elders had a baptism and we went, and played the piano, and again, none of our investigators came. But that's alright, I guess.  It's really nice being able to see someone enter the covenant of baptism and start the next step towards eternal life.
Chapter Domingo: The Piano Guys playing in Sacrament
Okay, so not really the Piano Guys, but it was the best musical number I've heard in sacrament meeting.  The primary sang, while I played, and the bishop and a recently returned missionary spoke and then these two brothers played, Ven O' Emmanuel or O Come, Emmanuel.  (basically it sounded like this I think the meeting should have ended after with a prayer... but it didn't. 
Chapter Lunes: Christmas Set to Music
The best zone conference I've been to my entire mission was yesterday. It was our Christmas conference and it focused on Christ, our purpose as missionaries and Christmas.  And it was just so fulfilling Spiritually and emotionally because of the trainings we had, because of the Christmas music preformed and just being around other sister missionaries (we're the only sisters in the zone, so we don't see other sisters very often). 
I love this Gospel more than anything.  I know that it has brought me so many blessings in my life and even though people have their agency I know that it can bless theirs.  I love how my purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ, not to force, but to invite, and create an environment where the Spirit can teach and testify.  I am so grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ and for everything he as done more me, but more importantly, everything he has done for everyone else out there in the world.  He truly is our gift from God.

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