Friends and Family, Merry CHRISTmas!!
I've had a wonderful time on my mission as a representative of Christ. Each day, my companion and I go out and testify of Christ and his divine mission to save us from death and sin. We cannot live after this life without him. This is a wonderful time to celebrate the birth of Christ. Don't be bashful about sharing the message of him with others, and inviting them to come to His church!
As missionaries, we have Christmas day set aside to collect the conversion stories of our recent converts. It's a wonderful testimony to others who have not yet made the decision to join the church to see how the spirit touched the lives of other. From what i've seen on my mission, the only time people become truly converted is when they pray and ask God for themselves, meaning, asking a specific question. "God, is the Book of Mormon true?" (requires a yes or no answer!) and the promise of Moroni in Moroni 10:3-5 in the Book of Mormon is that if we ask with a sincere heart, having real intent and faith in Christ, we will receive an answer from the Holy Ghost that these things are true. Old or young, tall or small, everyone must ask for themselves.
I also have the fortune to stay in Kearns for another 6 weeks, as transfers came and went with few changes.
We had the baptism of Brandon Hernandez last Saturday, and tomorrow we will have the baptism of Eric Martinez, grandson of Concepcion martinez who was baptized in November. His dad will be performing the ordinance, and this will almost complete the whole family, Grandma down to grandson, with just one more son who hasn't joined the church yet.
Today is going to be D-day, we have 5 dinners scheduled tonight, and we'll see if Elder Clark and I can survive the night..
I included a picture of some of the Elders from my Zone, there names are (starting from the bottom left and going up clock-wise):
Elder Moreira from Spain
Elder Alpin from Michigan
Elder Flack from New Mexico
Elder Whiting from Arizona
Elder Bridge from Canada
Elder Clark from Ohio
Elder Villarreal from Oklahoma
Elder Gonzalez from St. George Utah
Thank you all so much for your support, letters and some packages! I feel your love, no matter how far you may be. I'm excited for my sister Jessica Freeman who will be moving to Arizona soon!
Merry Christmas! See you soon Mom, Dad and Christie!