Sent December 29, 2014
Wondering what it's like to have Christmas in the Colorado Denver North Mission? Well, you have come to the right place!
We had dinner with a couple in our ward last week. They wanted us over for breakfast, preferably sometime before Christmas. They ended showing us how they make their 5-minute, homemade egg McMuffins with their mini frying pans. The real test, though, was having us make our own. After we created our delicious creations, they had us sit down and close our eyes. They placed a strange object in our hands and, as I opened my eyes, I beheld...a mini frying pan!
We also taught the 95 year-old investigator who's blind and 90% deaf. This time, we taught her one of the commandments...the Law of Chastity. For those of you who are not familiar with this law, it is a commandment to help us remain sexually pure. Let's just say, it was a very interesting lesson. After we'd taught her about it, she said, "Very good." Oh, Mil.
Christmas Day! Woke up at 6:30...the usual missionary schedule. Opened presents and Skyped my fam. The last time I heard their voices was 7 months ago on Mother's Day. It was just so good to see them and hear them. We were also permitted to watch two movies on Christmas Day. We watched The Saratov Approach and Tangled! We both hadn't seen the former so we decided to watch it. It was a very, very well-done movie about two missionaries in Russia of 1998 who were kidnapped for ransom. It was so weird to watch such an intense action/adventure movie on my mission. It even brought me to tears. Maybe because I'm a missionary and fear that I'd get kidnapped on my mission. Hah.
We spent Christmas with the Ringos, who are the grandparents of the ward. They take in all the missionaries as if we're their own grandchildren. We enjoyed a delicious prime rib. Mmm, mmm, I sure do love my meat.
And, to top it all off, S came to church yesterday! Wahoo! The second time! And, just 30 minutes before church began, I was asked to give a 5 to 10-minute talk in sacrament meeting. Luckily, however, our services were switched so we had Relief Society and Sunday School first before sacrament meeting. Gotta love the mission life.
After thinking about #HeIsTheGift and Who the first and real gift of Christmas is, now it's time to think of what our gift to Christ is as we approach the new year of two thousand and fifteen years after the birth of Christ. What are you going to give back to Christ this year?
Who we are is God's gift to us;
Who we become is our gift to God.