Hey mom and dad,
We have been working hard this week. We have found some new investigators!
We have actually done a lot of Christmas caroling, it has been great. We have been going out with members for the caroling. A lot of them are beginning to not be so afraid of singing. It has been a great experience. I have loved it a lot.
My companion and I have been talking a lot about missionary work in December. It's the first Christmas in the mission for my companion. It is a little difficult in December to do missionary work. But if we put forth our best efforts to invite all to see that in reality a Savior was born to help each and every one of us, we are doing a great work. We will see the fruits of our labors.
This week we had splits with the zone leaders. They came to help us do a lot of contacting in our area. I went out with Elder Herrera. It was great talking with him. He has been one of my zone leaders for a long time. Even in my last areas. I have had a lot of conversations with him but have never able to go out and work with him. It was good.
I am so excited about Christmas. We don't have a lot of investigators at the moment. But we are sharing lots of messages and meeting lots of people.
In our apartment, my companion and I are speaking a lot of English. He has a lot of potential to learn and we are studying hard to help him with English. Because all the English I feel like I need to double my efforts to study Spanish. Our study time has become very precious. I have been reading a lot about Elder Richard G Scott who passed away recently. He spoke perfect Spanish. I would like to become like that. He served his mission in Uruguay. I would like to be able to come close to what he did with the Spanish language. It's a good goal to have.
Everything is fine here. It is kind of hot. Today we didn't do a lot for P Day. We have been really tired. Our district will be singing a Christmas Carol in English for a zone conference coming up next week. Boy have we been practicing hard.
Thank you guys for all your help and support.
I am so excited for Elder Jeffrey Seamons. That is so great that he will now be serving in Missouri. I'm also excited for Jessica leaving on her mission this week. She will do great.
I am so excited for this coming week. Don't know any details yet about calling you guys. I will let you know next Monday.
I love you guys have a great week.
Letter sent to the Home Ward
Hey great 5th ward,
I wanted to write a small letter to you for Christmas. There is one thing I would love to ask you to do this Christmas. Before I get to that I want to tell you about the difference a mission can make on a person. The truth is a mission is a great experience. It is a great life changer. You really do change and feel better about many things. It is hard to explain sometimes. I can just say that I am really grateful that I've had this opportunity to serve a mission.
It's getting close to Christmas and I'd like to tell you this one thing. Everyone says we need to think more about Christ during this time. That is so true. I would like to talk about the study of the Scriptures. When we study the Scriptures there is a difference in our lives. We feel less tempted and we become stronger. We feel better about ourselves and we learn more about the word of God. I feel so much better when I read the Scriptures. If we all continue to put forth our best effort, we can learn so much from these sacred words. Things we really do need to learn and focus on. We can learn so much more about God and Jesus Christ. So what I would ask you to do this holiday season is to make a goal to read the Scriptures. Start even before the New Year's. Start now, I can't lie, it will help you increase the way you feel closer to God. I know for a fact that I feel better in the sense that I feel something that brings a spiritual warmth. It also brings happiness, and that is what we need during this season. Read the Scriptures and learn from them. They really do give us the answers we need.
Thank you for all of your support. Please continue to help the missionaries there with you in our stake. As well as helping the young men and young women prepare to serve missions because it really does change their lives.
Have a Merry Christmas and continue to feast upon the words of Christ.