Sister Durrant and I go through a lot of Kleenexes. She's had a cold for like, ever. And our noses
get pretty drippy while we're walking around in the cold. Anywho. The other day, we were walking to our supper appointment, and I'd just used my last Kleenex. I asked Sister Durrant if she had any, and she didn't. Bummer. Just as I was about to resort to my sleeve, I looked up at this STOP sign, when low and behold, there was a packet of Kleenexes shoved between he sign and the pole. I DON'T KNOW HOW THOSE GOT THERE OR WHY BUT I AM SO GRATEFUL. My sleeve was grateful too. We told the elders about it later and they tried to make me feel guilty for stealing a homeless guy's Kleenexes, but I wasn't falling for it. That was a blessing from the Lord!
On Monday, we went caroling with a family for FHE. They had made a bunch of treats and put
them together for their neighbors, along with a wrapped Book of Mormon to give to one neighbor in particular. It was so awesome how easy it was for them to share what the believe! It was awesome to see the example they were setting for their kids, and also for their neighbors. There was also a situation where the little boys rang the doorbell repeatedly, and the oldest girl was so embarrassed by her siblings that she went and hid lol. It was such a funny moment, and it helped me realize how much I miss my embarrassing family! They're crazy,
but you miss them when you're gone(;
Tuesday evening, we drove to South Calgary
for our missionary Christmas party. It was so
much fun to see missionaries I hadn't seen
in a while, especially the ones who are going
home soon. I saw my baby, Sister McDonald!
I also had the wonderful opportunity to sing
with Sister Van Bloem (bloom) during the
devotional part of our party. We sang On
This Still Silent Night, and it was just so fun
to perform with her. She's a talented
performer! Another elder sang during the devotional as well. He sang Oh Holy Night, and we found out later that he was on The Voice once! So that was cool.
He's awesome too.
Wednesday evening, we had the really neat opportunity
to go to the Nativity that the Calgary Stake puts on every year. We went with a family in our ward and was so fun! What a spiritual experience that was, even though it was freezing cold, and outside! It just adds to the experience, helping us realize what it must have been like on that night in the manger. Even though, I'm willing to bet Bethlehem wasn't as cold as it is here in Canada.... Actually, I don't know. Don't quote me on that.
Thursday was so fun. We had lunch with a
member and then helped her shovel her walk in preparation for her parents and
mother-in-law comingfor Christmas. For supper, we were at another member's home, and they had a ton of family over. It wasloud and crazy, and just like home! We sang carols and read the Nativity story from Luke 2 and justenjoyed each other's company. It was a blast.
Friday was probably the best, obviously, because it was CHRISTMAS!!!! WOO HOO!!! We woke up and went upstairs and hung out with the members we live with. We watched them open their presents and they got us these really cute matching hoodies! They got their daughter the same one, but hers says "Elf In Training". Does that mean Sister Missionary in Training? (; They fed us breakfast and it was a great time. Then we went downstairs and opened our presents that we'd placed under our paper Christmas tree from the 28th ward primary. (Which was so stinkin' cute, thanks so much guys, it made my day(:) And then we went to the Jackson's to Skype our families! What a blast that was. Seriously, the best Christmas gift ever. The Jackson's fed us lunch, and then all of their kids and grand-kids came over. More chaos! Woo hoo, I love it! Families are the best! They forced Elder Weidner and I to both sing and play our songs on the ukulele which was mildly embarrassing/fun. We had supper with our bishop nd his family. His wife's brother and their kids and even more were there, and it was so fun. We ate tons of food and played Werewolf and just had a really great Christmas. Seriously, big families are the best. 'm so grateful for the ones that welcome us into theirs. AND THEN. We got permission from our mission president to watch Inside Out! So we did that. And it was really fun. If you haven't seen that movie, I would guarantee it a million times over. It's so cute. And it made me cry. And that's probably why we're not allowed to watch movies as missionaries , because they just make us cry. Lol just kidding, I'm just emotional and a girl.
And those are the big highlights of the week. It was a great
Christmas and I'm so grateful for all those who contributed
o make it so. It was so fun to be able to talk to everyone about
Christ and the miracle of His birth. Our mission president and
his wife extended a challenge to us. As a mission, we started r
eading the Book of Mormon over again, marking all the places
where the Saviour is mentioned. Reading 5.6 pages every day,
as a mission we will finish on Easter. It's been really neat already
to see how much the Book of Mormon testifies of Christ! It is,
after all, another Testament of Jesus Christ.
So my challenge to each of you, is to pay special attention to
every time the Saviour is mentioned in the Book of Mormon.
It's a lot. But it's so awesome.
I love you all! Thanks for all your support and Christmas wishes! Take care and have a Happy New Year!
*cough* Happy Birthday to Me *cough* (;
1. Sister McDonald and I
2. Sister VanBloem and I
3. Sister Durrant and I and the Sefcik kids at the Nativity
4. The Nativity
5 & 6. Our Christmas tree
7. Our elf hoodies
8. Icicles in Canada that are so big they could shank you