TO start, we got punted by all the members that we had planned to teach this week. We would go to their house and they wouldn't be home or they would say next week sisters. It was rough because our members were our main focus this last week. But what can you do. We are trying to help them rad the book of Mormon everyday as a family. It is so important not only are we reading individually but as a family to continue to grow together. I have such a strong testimony of that since being in the mission. Everything else just fits into your day if you put things that matter most first like scripture study and prayers.
So we have this new investigator that was actually a referral from one of our older investigators. The first time we visited her she was very nice but told us that she was not really looking to change religions because she just wants to be catholic. WE just shared a simple message and then we taught the way Jesus Christ taught us how to pray. WE felt good about the visit but knew we would be able to tell more the next time we came, as in if she kept the commitments that we extended to her or not. We went back the next week and she told us that she felt so much better and more peace after she prayed the way we taught her. She also read the pamphlet we left with her and liked the part of how God gave joseph smith the power to re-establish God's church. And at the end of the lesson she committed to be baptized if after all she feels these things are true and she knows them. She was really open and was so grateful too that we gave her a Book of Mormon and that we are willing to help her find the truth for herself. there was just a very special feeling in the room and we felt so good after our lesson.
We had our ward Christmas party and Santa showed up for the little kids. we have this members from our ward from England and he just married this woman in our ward. So her dressed up as Santa for the ward party. They also made sure that every little kid and every relief Society member had a gift to go home with. IM sure some of those kids were excited, especially those who may not have a wrapped gift on Christmas Day. it was a real blessing for our ward and it was very touching to see their willingness to give to the ward.
Sorry, my week was kind of boring but Im sure I will have more stories this next week after Christmas. I hope that amongst the gift and cookies and the fanciness of Christmas, we still remember our savior Jesus Christ and how he is the gift to all the world from a loving Father in Heaven. I am so grateful to be a missionary at this special time and to be sharing this true gospel.