Merry Christmas to each of you. It was quite the good one for me. Got to call the family, went to some members homes, and was able to feel the Spirit in great abundance. Overall, a very good Christmas. This past week was really good, but before I get into that I forgot to mention that we had a missionary Christmas party last week. It was really fun to read all of the letters I received from my family and from the Ward. If anyone from the home Ward is reading this thank you so much for the cards! I will try my hardest to write back. We had a talent show to end the party and I sang with a missionary that I came out with, sang in a group with my Zone, and was in a little skit. It was pretty fun but tiring. We were supposed to go caroling afterwards but it was below zero so we decided that we didn't really want to go stand outside and freeze.
So, this last week we were able to get some finding in and we're able to teach another lesson with Brett. We aren't really sure why he's meeting with us because he disagrees with us on a lot of doctrinal points. We know he likes us because he calls us quite frequently to ask about somewhat spiritual personal stuff. He also likes church because he invited some random lady that loves in his building to church and she wants to come. He's already being a fantastic missionary and he hasn't even been baptized!
There was a lady that we found through tracting a few weeks ago named Brenda who we were finally able to teach this last Friday. It was a really good lesson and we had the former Ward Mission Leader come with us. She was very intrigued by the Book of Mormon and has gone to a lot of different churches while on her search for the truth. We taught her the message of the Restoration and she agreed with everything that we taught and even told us in the lesson that she believes that God is three different people with the same purpose and not three in one. Pretty cool. When we taught about Joseph Smith and bore our testimony that we know that he is a prophet she said that she believes it as well! Part of Elder Nelsons training this week was to invite someone to be baptized, and he did a stellar job inviting her and we were able to put her on date for January 21! We have another lesson with her tonight and we are bringing the Relief Society President and her husband to the lesson. Hope it goes well!
Transfers came and......I will be staying in Rockford! Elder Nelson is being transferred to DeKalb. My new companion is Elder Barnes and for those of you who remember, I shared the St. Charles Ward with him. I'm excited to serve with him. President issued me an assignment to serve as a District Leader...not sure why but hey, I trust he's inspired. I'm pretty nervous but we'll see how it goes.
That's about it for this week. I know that the Savior lives and loves each and every one of you. Follow Him and you WILL find joy and peace, even through your trails. I know that from the bottom of my heart. I love you all hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Have a happy new year!