This week was awesome! Started the week of with P-day ( Still one of my favorite days... sorry bout it) then we had our Christmas Mission Devotional. The simplified it a lot this year, last year it lasted all day and watched a movie and stuff. This year there were 3 zones at our and each Zone did some musical numbers and a Christmas reading. Then we watched a slide show of pics from the year, then ate cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate then went home and that was it. I thought it was gonna be boring but I liked this years better it was all focused on Christ and the true meaning of Christmas.
Chad is still doing well! We had a lesson with him last night, he started to get nervous about his date and wanted to move it back. But he is keeping it he remembered that's the last Saturday before transfers and wants both of us there. He is awesome and has a lot of faith!
We had a Ward Christmas party this week. And a family is coming back to church because of it and a Guy thats friends with Brother Crowther in the Bishopric is wanting to be taught by the missionaries again and says hes ready to go through with it this time. Hes been taught twice in the past and committed to baptism but never went through with it, so thats exciting.
The ward members are convinced that im just finishing out my mission here. I wouldnt mind that it would get old after awhile, but Found out today our mission is getting split again!! The north half with become the yakima mission. So I needa stay in the southern part so I stay with President Ware my whole mission. Its gonna split the beggining of July so Ill only have a month after but Ill wanna stay with President Ware.
Thank you all for Christmas packages and letters! There will be Christmas cards sent your way just gotta catch up on all of em.
December has been awesome! They made new pass along cards for us this month the #HeIsTheGift like the ones that came in this months ensigns. They are expecting big things to come about it. People are alot more open to it and us sharing a Christmas message. So we get to share Christs message with alot more people!
HIGHLIGHT of the week. Chad Morris is getting Baptized on December 27th! Im so excited for him! He has been ready for so long, but is now moving forward and being baptized. He is super excited, he loves the atonement, Best of all he has recognized it in his life and how much he has changed.
Went to the Temple on Wednesday that was great as always! One of the best Temple trips ive had. Starting to understand it alot more and able to focus on the spiritual feelings.
We have our Christmas devotional tomorrow. We dont gettta watch a movie this year, they are really focusing on keeping us on purpose and focusing on Christ. Each zone is doing a musical number. We are doing 2 our mission president wants us to sing "We'll Bring The World His Truth" because we are the only all Elder Zone. We sang it for him at a Zone Conference put him into tears;) We changed some of the words in it. Like "We are NOW the Lords missionaries". And "Daily we'll learn BECAUSE we are called" it sounds pretty sikk!
I love Christmas season.
WElp love you all! Hope everyone has a great week!
So I'm emailing today because our P-day got switched because Elder Arnold of the 70 came and spoke to us yesterday. He did 3 zone conferences before us and the word on the street was he was gonna throw down on us. He did a leadership meeting with all the leaders before all the zones and in there I was expecting some hard core rebuking because thats how we heard it was in other ones.
But, when he got in there he had a question "Whos not gonna get embarrased today?" He wouldn't move on till we raised our hand. Then he said "Good we aren't here to chastize or rebuke we are here simply to Love, Encourage, and teach because thats how the Lord works he loves and teaches never puts us down. Through out the meeting he told us how the feeling was different in this one then all thee others. He told us we were blessed to be the last ones so they new how to address it and helped us understand it better.
He mainly focused on how we need to remember how we have been taught to teach, we have gotten outtta the routine of really using the B of M. He told that he was with Elder Bednar for 3 days and he really learned how to teach from him. He said they were teaching some people together and E. Arnold read a scripture and about to explain what it ment and he felt E. Bednar sit up in his seat and E. Arnolds hair stood up on the back of his neck so he didn't explain it. Later that night E. Bednar told E. Arnold that if he would have explained it he wouldn't have let the Spirit teach them. So he told us "You'll never explain what a scripture means again! You will let the Holy Ghost be the teacher!"
Also talked about finding by the spirit as much as we teach by the spirit. He kept saying you get up under those rocks walk into the stream and pull the people outta there!
I hope to be able to teach with as much power and conviction as he does. It was awesome to hear his Testimony. He started off.... "This I KNOW that Jesus Christ lives!" that was the strongest part of the meeting. I know that as well and hope all you do as well.