I feel like just yesterday I was saying that I hit 6 months on the mission. Well yesterday I hit 7 which is crazy because I feel like I just got here! This week was great (as always)! We were able to go on exchanges with the Sister training leaders in Hemet. They serve in the Ramona Ward so I was able to go Spanish for the day! It was so fun and when I get back from my mission I’m determined to learn it! It’s such a beautiful language. We spent Saturday in Idyllwild and we were able to pick up two investigators there and joined the Branch in the Christmas party! On Sunday there was the Christmas program in the Anza Branch and Sister Blanchard was the star of the show! She sang “Breath of Heaven” and it was amazing! She is so musically talented!
Christmas is this week! I love this time of year that we celebrate the birth of the Savior! One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible is found in Isaiah 9:6, which says:
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”
I know that Christ is the Prince of Peace because it is only through Him that we can gain peace, not only in this life, but in the life to come.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! Check out christmas.mormon.org!
What a crazy week! Last Monday we had our first “do nothing” pday in what seems like forever! Then later that day we had an interview with our Mission President. Something I asked him in the interview was how I could be more righteously prepared. He had me to turn to Moroni 10:32 which says, “Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God. (I’m pretty sure I had shared this same scripture a few weeks ago.) He had be substitute the word “perfected” to “strengthened” because, of course, we will not gain perfection in this life. Then he cross-referenced that scripture to Doctrine and Covenants 4:2, 5-7, which says,
2 “Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day. 5 “And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work. 6 Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence. 7 Ask, and ye shall receive, knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Amen.”
What I now understand righteous preparation to be is to develop Christlike attributes and to serve God with everything! I love that and I feel like each one of us can apply that into our lives no matter where we are in life, we can all righteously prepare for the next day ahead.
Tuesday was filled with service! There is a special charity organization in Anza called “From the Heart” that we were able to help wrap presents for. This organization is run by women from all different faiths in Anza (the most abundant thing up here is churches) and this week the Mormon missionaries jumped on the bandwagon! They collect donations all year around and save up so that less fortunate children in Anza could have gifts for Christmas. This week we will be able to help pass out the gifts as well. I love service!
Wednesday was also filled with service! We helped set up for our Branch Christmas party that happened on Saturday. Thursday was a little traumatizing. We had stopped by one of our investigators to invite them to the party and the woman started yelling at us at the top of her lungs and cussing us out. We thought it was a joke because she had joked around like that with us before, so at first we were trying to laugh it off, which just made her more mad. All we wanted to do was to invite her to the Christmas party. It was sad and we don’t know why she was so mad at us.
Thursday we had a Zone Meeting which was great! It always puts me on a spiritual high and pumps me up to be a better missionary! We then headed up to Idyllwild and once we got there we were going to teach one of our investigators, Karson, but I had a feeling we shouldn’t go. Turns out a few minutes later it started hailing like crazy and it didn’t stop for almost two hours and our lesson with Karson would have been outside. We got a little taste of a white Christmas that day!
We had our Branch Christmas party on Saturday! It was such a success and we were able to get 8 of our investigators there! Christmas is such a special time of year!
This week has been great! We had the opportunity to go the the temple on Wednesday in Redlands, California. It was so nice and I felt like I hadn’t been there in what seems like forever, although we were like 10 minutes away from the awful shooting that took place in San Bernadino. I’m so grateful for the knowledge that we have about the plan of happiness given to us by a loving Heavenly Father.
This week I’ve been studying the chapters of John found in The New Testament. I love reading the words of the Savior and my mind has been drawn to the people we are teaching while I read. I’ve come closer to the Savior while studying this book of scripture. He is just so sweet! I love the new church video that came out about the Savior #asaviorisborn. I love the spirit that it brings as we share it with the people we teach!..and the website christmas.mormon.org! Check it out if you haven’t gotten a chance!
Sorry this email is going to be short, but I just want to bear my testimony that I know my Savior lives!
What a week! It’s amazing what the Lord can do as you truly rely on him! This week was full of miracles! Monday was spent with all the other missionaries playing chair soccer. Tuesday we did service for a member by helping to clean out the bathroom of a trailer that hadn’t been lived in for 10 years…Oh how I wish we would have taken a before and after picture! It was fun though! Wednesday we were able to have two great lessons, one with our investigator, Brenda, who is a young mom, and another with Bill and Kathryn! Kathryn is so prepared to receive the gospel — while we are teaching her she takes notes on what we say! Her and Bill were also able to make it to church and they loved it!
On Thanksgiving morning, we played football with the Hemet missionaries and had dinner at Sister Therrian’s home. She is an angel and invited a ton of less actives to join us! She is the type of person that would give you the coat off her back! We then got back together with the Hemet missionaries to watch Ephraim’s Rescue (a church movie of course). Because we lived so far, we had to leave at the part where the guy finds out that the girl he loves died. 😦 It was a great Thanksgiving!
We spent Friday in Idyllwild which was the best time to go because it was snowing!!! We didn’t have anyone to teach so we just went contacting (walking and talking to people about the gospel). We walked for an hour and a half in the snow which was fun, but it meant there was nobody outside until this guy pops out of a bush and wants to hear our message! lol! He was a local wood carver and knows a lot of people that we could go teach! That was such a blessing and miracle! Saturday we had three lessons with people we were teaching which all went really well! We saw Kathryn and Bill again and taught them about the Plan of Salvation and how we can be with our loved ones forever. We also taught a small older lady named Ann, who lives in our trailer park. She knows that the church is true but doesn’t want to be baptized now, but she has committed to praying about it! We taught Randy, who is one of my favorite people we are teaching up here! He is 24 and just moved from a rough part of Los Angeles. We taught him about the gospel of Jesus Christ and the spirit in the lesson was so powerful! He is on date to be baptized the second Sunday in January!
Sunday was our miracle day! We had not been able to pick up any new investigators this week, so that was our focus so that we could make mission standard. As we were on our way to a potential investigator, we ended up pulling into someone else’s driveway. A man comes out and we were able to share a message with him! As we shared the “Because He Lives” video, he got emotional and said we could come back! When we got to the potential investigator’s house that we were originally going to, Ranee, we were able to teach her as well. As we were going through a list of people that previous missionaries had taught, we came across this lady named Linda, who did not get back to the missionaries that used to teach her We called her up and she said we could come by. It turns out that her son, Dillon, who is now 13, had leukemia and had gotten a priesthood blessing that helped him a lot with getting through chemo. We can tell that they are prepared and we are excited to teach them! We also taught a young couple in our trailer park, Corine and Jesse! The lesson was amazing!! As we read Moroni 10:3-5, he said “Whoa, I just felt this peaceful feeling inside, I don’t mean to sound weird or anything.” We were like “that’s the spirit!”. Ahh, it was so cool!
We were able to make our mission standard by working hard to accomplish our goals through and for the Lord! What a great week! We spent our day today doing crossfit with our Mission President and half the mission….three months in a car really catches up with you! Haha!
Happy Birthday to my beautiful little sister, Lindsey!!! I love and miss you! See you in exactly a year from yesterday (the 29th)! 🙂
If anyone would like a Christmas card, please send me your address!!! firstname.lastname@example.org