Cause I don't, and I can't ever understand the words enough to figure it out. Why do they need a torch? Why do Jeanette and Isabella have to go get it? I'm just going to stick with The Little Drummer Boy. That's my current favorite Christmas song. Overall winner will always be O Holy Night but drums and boys who drum them for Jesus are good too.
Last week for our wonderful P day activity we went to Zoo Lights!! Thanks to daylight savings it gets dark around 4:30, so we got to go at 5 and be done by 6 to go about the rest of our day. It was AWESOME. Christmas lights, animals, friends, crazy pictures. Life is good. And there was basically no one there so we got to take our time and see the animals (especially the fishes in the tanks and the new baby tigers) up close. Best activity ever.
Our mission Christmas party is tomorrow. Be prepared for some pics with ugly sweaters, vests, turtlenecks, and the sort. It's going to be a great time. And much better than last year, cause last year I didn't know anyone and had only been in Washington a week. I was hating life. But it all turned out ok, I'm still here and I'm looking forward to it. Yayyyyy.
We went caroling as a zone last night. Good times. Actually, I got there late cause I went to a baptism in Steilacoom for a guy named Spencer that we started kinda teaching right when I left. It was really cool. He is a very intellectual person, grew up as a preacher's son, and had so many questions about the Bible and life and God. He took a huge leap of faith and knew he needed to be baptized and did it. There were 4 missionaries there who helped teach him and we all got to sing "The Spirit of God" right before he was baptized (with yours truly holding strong as the only one on the alto part......ehhhhh) and it was pretty cool to get up and see everyone's faces when they realized we were back haha. Then, another surprise, I got to bear my testimony while they were waiting for Spencer to finish getting ready after he was baptized.
We have some really cool people we are working with. Juliana is from Romania and knew as soon as we gave her the Book of Mormon that it was true. When we taught her the Restoration she was literally hanging on ever word:
"Joseph Smith also wanted to know which church was right..."
"Yes. What happened??"
"He read in the Bible about asking God."
"Ok, then what??"
It was the most exciting Resto lesson I have ever given.
Alexandria is another one. She's never been baptized but knows she needs to do it and she wants to know what church is right. Good thing we gave her a book that helps her know exactly what to do about that.
Taylor is very smart and intellectual, and talking to him helped me understand more about how God answers our prayers. We asked him if he had ever prayed and he said he had but felt like he never got answers. I told him that God doesn't always answer us with words or visions but sometimes with feelings or through other people. When we pray, God doesn't just give us the answers, but rather the opportunity to see the answer. We learn better that way. He said that was deep. I agree. Thank you, Spirit.
I love Christmas and the spirit of it. It's all about Christ. I've been sharing a little message with members lately about Luke 2 when the angels come bearing good tidings fo great joy. Those angels were rejoicing over the birth of the Savior of the world, but they were not the only one's who ever had the opportunity to share that news. Today we have the privilege of sharing our testimonies of the Savior Jesus Christ and the even better tidings of greater joy that He came to the earth as a mortal and healed, taught, loved, suffered, and died. But it doesn't end there. The best part is that He was resurrected and lives today. He lives! That is the greatest joy that we can have, is to know that and live like we know it.
Love you all,