21 December 2015

"A Night in Bethlehem"

The Mount Baldy had their Christmas Party, called "A Night in
Bethlehem". Everyone dressed they there were from Bethlehem, except
us. It started in the Chapel where the Primary kids sang a few songs
and then Bishop spoke about the true meaning of Christmas. Then we all
headed into the gym which had a manager and some cute "Bethlehem" style
shops with light refreshments. The ward had created a live nativity
complete with songs, and a song sung by the Bishopric. There were lots
of members and nonmembers there. We met the Youngs. They are a friend
of Brother Timmons. They LOVED the activity. We talked to them about
how our foundation is on Christ. They actually wanted to meet with us
on Tuesday. They also attended the Christmas Sacrament meeting this
past Sunday.

We had zone meeting! It went quite well. We took a group photo :)

We also had transfer meeting. A large group of missionaries I have
served around headed home. It was fun to connect with the friends I
haven't seen in a while.

We had a marvelous lesson with Gary at the Hopsons home. It started
off with dinner and then we taught The Gospel of Jesus Christ. Talking
about faith, repentance, baptism, sacrament, and receiving the gift of
the Holy Ghost. Gary enjoyed the " A Savior is Born" video. He wanted
to watch it twice. Although he didn't come to church he did come to an
activity a member was hosting. They put on a Christmas concert each
year, they're musically inclined. With songs written about the Savior.
We got to attend twice.

Susie is a lady who some past sisters helped paint with. And she's
been wanting to repay them for a while, even though neither of them
are here. So we got to eat with Susie and her family and the Killpacks
as well. It went fairly well. We showed "A Savior is Born." Susie's
mother started to cry. She said it reminded her of her father.

We also met with Robert and Tierra. Robert isn't a member but is
interested in learning about what Tierra believes. He wants to marry
her. But she is looking for someone who believes as she does. He's an
interesting man. We couldn't' stay long, they were running late & we
had another appointment with children so we couldn't be too long. We
showed "A Savior is Born." And asked why we need a Savior. We heard
that after we left that he asked a lot more questions about prayer and
such!

Overall this was an exciting week!
Pictures: our zone. (And yes. My eyes are closed.)





16 December 2015

Joy to the World!

We received two referrals this week! We were able to contact one. She
met the missionaries in Hawaii. When she took a tour of the grounds.
The other Rachael, she canceled our appointment. :( next week !!!

We went district caroling! That was quite a bit of fun. We visited the
Hansens and the Phillips. Sister Phillips isn't a member. But she
wants to attend the wards Christmas program on Sunday! We sang Joy to
the World and ended at the senior couples apartment, the Lunds.

We also had the ward Christmas party. It was way cool! The primary
president wrote a script for. Bunch of people to speak. You went
through different rooms learning about the Savior. From the Angel, to
Isaiah, and to Mary. There wasn't a huge turnout. But the Kiasers did
come!! Which was super exciting. They work a crazy work schedule. So
we were pretty ecstatic when they came. Some members also invited
their non member friends.

We got transfer calls I'm staying with Sister Price for the next 7
weeks here in Eagle River.

Hope you all had a wonderful week :)


10 December 2015

Where's a mans watch?

Last p day we all went to bear mountains investigators home for a
chili feast! Turns out I'd actually met them when I was serving in
Fairbanks. So it was fun to reconnect with them.

We also went on exchanges. I was with Sister Dall in ocean view (south
anchorage). It was quite a lot of fun. We shared the church's new
Christmas video with everyone! If you haven't seen it. It's a must !
It's called "A Savior is Born". You can find it on
Christmas.mormon.org. And I'm sure it's on YouTube and Facebook as
well. I love that video. It's a great reminder to put Christ back into
Christmas. It's easy to get  caught up in presents and just the hustle
and bustle. But the true meaning of Christmas is the Savior. alma
11:40 ( in The Book of Mormon) it talks about why the Savior came " to
save us from all our sins. All our sadnesses." ( "A Savior is Born"
video). It's wonderful!

We also attended mount baldy and eagle River valleys relief
society(the women of the church)  Christmas parties. They were a
blast!!!

We helped out the senior center this week. They needed to people to
assist some of the elderly with their shopping. Sister price and I
helped Joanna. She's a sweet lady. She didn't want anything on the
list they gave us.... Hahah. She kept asking EVERYONE for a mans
watch. Haha that and safety pins. She was a sweet lady :)

I hope you've all had a chance to watch the Christmas devotional from
the First Presidency! It was just an hour and 15 mins. Some the
highlights for me were: it's a stellar want to end a fast ( where you
go without food and drink for 2 consecutive meals for a purpose), to
hear the Mormon tabernacle choir sing "carol of the bells", and I
really want noted President Uchtdorfs talk on gratitude. Especially
the story where he tells about a man in Africa who has spent his whole
life without the use of his legs. President Uchtdorf explains the
moment of when the man finally receives a wheelchair. Oh the freedom
he felt and the tears of gratitude he shed.

I also hit 15 months!!

I love you all and I hope you're having a wonderful Christmas season.