Well besides being away from home, Christmas season on the mission is pretty great. At least in my area. Tuesday night we went on splits with ward missionaries and the ward mission leader. We call it Real Time Correlation, where we correlate about what is going on in the ward while we work at the same time. This was something suggested and brought to us by our mission president. We are seeing some amazing miracles as we implement this in each ward. Tuesday night while doing this I was able to get into the home of an inactive woman and her unbaptized kid who missionaries have been trying to get in with for months. The mom has been known to be very rude to missionaries, but we were able to get in, share a Christmas message in which even the mom felt the spirit, and then set up an appointment to start teaching the son the lessons! There are miracles in following the counsel of the mission president.
Wednesday/Thursday we went on exchanges with the zone leaders. I went to their area which is the YSA stake that covers most of Draper. I learned a whole lot during that exchange. A lot about how to show the Lord we are willing to work for miracles. Using what Elder Kim and I learned we have seen much more success in our OYMS, seeing many people prepared to receive a message about the restored gospel.
Thursday night we went to maybe 3 or 4 Christmas parties. All of which fed us too much food. Christmas Day was very similar in that we ate too much and members were way too generous.
Saturday we saw a guy out shoveling his driveway and went and offered to help. He politely declined but then we started talking to him and figured out he just moved in from Arkansas a couple months ago and knows nearly nothing about the Church. He accepted a Book of Mormon and wants to come to church!
Little things like that have been happening a lot lately, it's great to see the Lord is trusting us with people who are prepared.
But yeah. It's been a great week. Happy New Years!
|Elder Ray and Elder Kim Sporting Matching Christmas PJ's|
|Elder Ray at a Ward Member's Christmas Eve Party|
|Elder Kim and Elder Ray Getting Spoiled by Members|
|Seth and his district|
|More from District 1|
|District 1 Enjoying P-day|