Happy winter everyone!
It may not feel much like winter for those of you in a California but it's definitely winter here. We had a good snow storm yesterday and now the field is literally "white already to harvest" (see picture that makes this joke even dumber.) Luckily when it snows its warmer so I can't complain too much...and it looks kind of nice. This week was a really good week. We saw some cool miracles and had some good fun.
We did a lot of service this week, and I mean a lot. We saw some cool things from it though. One service we had for a less-active was just some hard stuff but during the two hours that we were there all his neighbors came by at some point. One of the neighbors loves missionaries because of how much we serve and likes the church, and lucky for us they have a history of changing churches from the stories he told. We invited them to a big Nativity that the Stake was holding and he said he would try and make it. One neighbor has some children and one of the kids sat in on the lesson that we taught. We taught about service and showed the #LIGHTtheWORLD video and he really liked the initiative and will hopefully get his parents to go to Mormon.org to get started.
The next cool story is that we got a call from a former that we have been trying to find for a few weeks. He asked if we could come over and help him with hard work as well. We weren't able to finish the job the first time so we went back a few days later and he had a friend there to help as well. After we worked Fred, the former, fed us lunch. During the lunch he asked a lot of good questions about the Book of Mormon and about the plates. We answered them all and then his friend, Davon, who was on the phone during the conversation heard bits and pieces of what we were talking about and asked questions of his own. When we explained how Moroni took the plates back once Joseph was done translating he said that was the coolest thing and explained how it makes since that he would take them back because if we had the proof right in front of us it wouldn't require faith....pretty solid guy if you ask me. We gave them both a copy of the Book of Mormon and Davon is pumped to read it and Fred said he would if he has time. Davon gave us all of his info and hopefully we will be meeting with him this week.
So, those are the cool miracles that happened. Now for the fun. As I mentioned earlier, the Stake put on a huge Nativity where the whole Stake Center is filled with everything Christmas. One of those things is a play depicting the Saviors birth. We were in that play and it was super fun. We were Shepard's that proclaimed the birth of Christ to the audience but because of my expertise and history with theatre I moved up to a role with more lines. Actually the reason I did that was because they needed someone to play it and I was the only one who offered, I'm not that good. It was cool though because I had to memorize the lines in a few minutes and did pretty good. My favorite role was playing as the Sheppard though because as we went up to the audience to proclaim the message of Christ's birth it gave me the chance to bear my testimony with the people with whom I was speaking to. Never thought I'd act on my mission, but there you go.
Well, that's about it. I didn't get bit by a dog again, which is good, and we saw some good success and had some fun. A pretty good week altogether.
I know that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. I know that over two thousand years ago he was born, to save us all. As I proclaimed that message to others this past weekend it strengthened my testimony of Him and I can truly say that I know that He was born, that He died for us, and most importantly, that He lives! I love you all, have a great week!