Sunday, December 15, 2013
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
What a special time of the year! There are so many unique blessings that we have during the Christmas Season. We talked about this at District Meeting and talked about all of the unique missionary opportunities we will have this Christmas Season. It is fun to think about how we can share the true joy of Christmas with others, and I like the ideas that you sent Mom. One thing that is really fun that you could all possibly do is set up a time for the missionaries to come and share a Christmas Message about the true meaning of Christmas, then invite some non-members or less-active members. We're trying to get that set up with a lot of the members here in Lowville.
We had a pretty unique experience right after our District Meeting. As a district, we all went to the City Hall in Watertown and decorated Christmas Trees for something like the "Festival of Trees" in Utah. That was really fun! There was Christmas music, everyone was happy, and we were able to help other people set up their trees after we finished ours. It was a lot of fun and we were able to meet new people we wouldn't have met otherwise! Here's a picture of us by the tree-
As you can see, everyone had a lot of fun and it was a good experience. After that, I did an exchange with the missionaries in Watertown. It was exciting to see another area and be back in a city for a while. We had a good opportunity to share a little bit about Christmas when a lady let us in and we watched a Nativity video with her, a neighbor, and a few kids. It was really good! The exchange was really good, but it helped me appreciate Lowville a lot. I love getting to serve in Lowville! It's such a great place.
Elder Sedgwick and I are doing really well here in Lowville! We're being blessed with quite a few people to teach and exciting things are starting to happen. I know that there are people that are searching for the Gospel, and we will find several of them this next month. The Lord just asks us to do our best and then he provides the miracles.
This morning, I was studying in Alma 26 and verse 17 struck me. How amazing is it that God is so merciful to us, that he is willing to "snatch" us from our natural, carnal state? God loves us enough that he was willing to give his Son, Jesus Christ. As we think about how much we love our families, we can barely understand how hard this must have been. But that is the joyous message of Christmas! Jesus Christ came to this earth for the purpose of helping us overcome our sinful nature. We can be transformed as we come unto Christ, and I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ does change us. We can become saints as we come to know Christ. If this knowledge is one of the greatest gifts God can give us, it can be one of the greatest things we can ever give to anyone else.
I'm grateful for all of you! It is tough being on a mission, but there's nowhere else I'd rather be during the Christmas Season. I look forward to seeing all of you when we get to Skype, and I hope that you all are able to think of some good ways to share the Christmas Spirit! Love you all.