Dec 5, 2016
I hope you all had a lovely week! I hope you had a chance to watch the Christmas devotional last night, it was amazing! We are so blessed to have prophets who can receive revelation for the whole world, and we can always learn from the things they teach, no matter how many times we have heard the message, the spirit is the real teacher and can teach us what we need right then.
This week was pretty grand. We have been getting so many referrals from showing the #lighttheworld Christmas video to active members! The Christmas spirit is so much stronger when you try and look for ways that you can serve others as Christ would. I hope you've been getting the chance to do the Light the World countdown, it's a great way to look for ways to share the happiness of this time of year.
I was on exchanges in Cortez, Colorado this week. Twice actually. They're white-washing their area, which in mission lingo means they are switching out the missionaries for a brand new pair of missionaries, which is really hard for the incoming missionaries because they know absolutely nothing about where anything is or who anyone is. So, we went to this lady's house, and she smokes like there's no tomorrow. We literally walked in planning on showing the Light the World video clip, but we didn't even get to say 10 words before we were sitting on her couch listening to her life story as she smoked 3 cigarettes in 1 hour!! I'm not even kidding, that was the longest hour of my life. She would not stop talking! I kept checking the clock thinking it had been 20 minutes, but it had only been 2. Somehow we stopped her and got her to watch the little video and then talk about it. When we finally got out of there (it was only an hour and a half, but felt like 3 hours) we both could barely breathe, or talk or anything from all the smoke. But we're alive!
Also, we went to church and Curtis Hunt came again!!! He's a less active, and he's doing so good! He has such a testimony and a good understanding of the doctrine and scriptures! He just needed to take the big step of coming to church, and he' s been twice now!! We're so happy for him :) And the Waddoups came too! They're an older couple who have only been coming for the past month or so, and it's been probably 30 years since they'd been before that! Heavenly Father knows who's ready and is involved in everybody's life. Everybody, active members, less actives, investigators, etc. is on some point of the journey to coming closer to Christ, whether they know it or not.
Fun Fact: Napoleon Dynamite is an accurate movie! 2 of the missionaries I was on exchanges this week are from Preston Idaho and they told me how it's similar to the movie. One of them worked at the restaurant where Kip and Rico are having slurpees or something, and the other worked at the chicken farm. I asked, and they pay more than a dollar an hour :)
I hope you're all doing well and that you're having fun getting ready for Christmas! You should do the #lighttheworld 25 in 25 countdown to Christmas on mormon.org! It's so fun to help others and do it all the way up til Christmas! I love you more than the number of cups of hot chocolate that people will drink this winter!