Well Merry Christmas everyone! I hope everyone had a great week! My week was crazy busy and full of many things to do and running everywhere and trying to throw a little missionary work in with it! I have to say this week was low on the missionary work part because so many people were getting ready for Christmas that they didn't have time to meet with us. As well my wonderful companion plays the cello so we had to drive around town for her to practice with a couple of people for our mission Christmas devotional. The only highlight from Monday to Thursday was on Wednesday I went to an ear doctor so she could try and attempt to get the ear wax out of my ear. Let us just
say that after two there is still more work to be done to get it out of my ear.... fun stuff..... We as well had lunch at a member's house and I love eating of the Latino food so much!
Now on to some of the fun stuff! So Friday we had our mission Christmas party/devotional. The morning we got there early so that Hermana Voss could practice her song with her accompanist. The morning we had skits from each of the zones. Let us just say that they were all stupidly funny and most were parody's. Sometimes I question why we put Elders in charge of activities such as the skits. Or other things. Los elderes.... Then we had a very good lunch that was made by some of the senior couples here on the mission. Oh was the food was so good! It felt like we were at home again! Then the afternoon was the devotional part. We heard from many different special musical numbers and testimonies. I loved listening to the music and enjoying the the speakers. It was fun Sister Reynolds read us a cute Christmas story about an orphan and oranges. It is called "The Christmas Orange." It was the cutest story ever! As well President gave a great talk on faith and remembering Christ in this time of year. Then he introduced us to our new goals and new vision for this year! I have to tell you I am super excited to be a missionary in the New York New York South mission! I am so excited for this new year and time to put one foot in front of the other to help me keep moving forward. Then we picked up our Christmas packages and cards. Super cool we got a Christmas card from the first presidency!
Saturday Christmas Eve! It was a simple day. We tried to go to IHOP because that is my family's tradition to do on Christmas Eve. However IHOP was crazy busy so we just we to KFC. Then we had many lessons. Quite a few that fell through so we ended up just looking people up. Then we asked the elders to come out caroling with us however all the houses we went to we just stood out of it singing at the door because no one was home so no one answered. Awkward moment for all of us...Then that night Hermana Voss and I did like a two man show and acted out the nativity scene. It was fun! Then we opened our Christmas Eve presents. Then I took pictures for my ten month mark! Ten months! Wow they go by so fast! Ten months from now I will have been home for two months. That is crazy!
Sunday was a great day! We had church for only one hour then rushed home to finish making cookies. Then went to our branch president's house to have a very good lunch! Oh my goodness I think I walked out of that house like 20 pounds heavier. Then we went to the church to Skype home! Oh my goodness it was so good to talk to my family! Especially to share my testimony, and that is exactly what I am going to do for you!
I want to bear you my testimony that I know that our Savior came into this world in a humble birth. I know that he established a church well he was here on the earth then when it was lost our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ loves us enough to give us his full gospel again here on the earth. I know that through the restored gospel of Jesus Christ we can find a relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ. I have come to know my Savior on a more personal level then I have ever had before! I love my Savior and I know he is there me every step of the way. In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.