For me it was yesterday, but for everyone else–MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!
The best time of the year! We have been so busy doing so many different things these past few weeks. We had our zone Christmas party this past week and it was so fun! One of the senior missionaries that works in the office, Elder James, acted out the entire Grinch story and it was the most amazing thing that I have ever seen haha! We all sat around him and watched on the floor just like we were his grandchildren and it was such a nice break and relaxer!
We did some member visits and one of the families that we had dinner with unexpectedly invited some friends over to listen to us share a message! We shared about Jesus Christ and the true meaning of Christmas and the Spirit was so strong as we were sitting there with them that I thought I might cry. As I was speaking, I just felt such a gratitude wash over me and I thought about my family and how far away from them I am, but how I hope that I can be here setting a good example for them, because I know that they have already set a good example for me and helped me in so many ways. You never know the good that you can do in the lives of others. I was reading a conference talk the other day and there was a quote that went something along the lines of “the greatest pity of love is that it is felt so often, but so seldom expressed.” Don’t ever let your love for others go unsaid, let them know how much you appreciate them!
Also, our two recent converts Floren and Leung Popo have become best friends and it is the cutest thing! Leung Popo always forgets to come to church, so Floren has started going to her apartment every Sunday to pick her up and bring her. That’s what service is all about!
We also had our ward Christmas party and it was such a success! Our members did such a great job bringing their friends, so Sister Percival and I spent the evening running around trying to talk to everyone and introduce ourselves. That, and there was so much food that I felt pretty sick after everything was said and done! They had an entire separate room that just had food in it! There were quite a few families that came to the activity that we are hoping to get back into contact with these next couple weeks! Our ward is also so fun and in the talent show I kind of started wondering what I was doing with my life because there were these little 8 and 9 year old boys that were jumping around doing crazy martial arts and I was still feeling pretty weighed down from all of the food that I had eaten… 😉
We also did caroling–lots of it!! I don’t know if I’ve ever sung so much in my life before or if I ever will again, but it was actually really fun! We went with another set of sisters’ ward to go caroling one time and got a nice place in a mall and it was kind of scary, but everything turned out fine! And after all, the easiest way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!! 🙂
This time of year brings our thoughts back towards our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the life that He lived. He healed the sick, lifted the weary, comforted the hopeless, and His light dispelled the darkness of the world. When I think upon His life and service, I can’t help but to feel deep gratitude for the selfless service that He preformed for everyone which includes you and me. But more importantly than all of these things, He came to do the will of our Heavenly Father which we learn is “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man”(Moses 1:39). So His purpose is to bring us all happiness in this life and in the life to come after this one. Essentially, His purpose is for us to be happy, to have joy! It’s easy for things to get complicated or to get caught up in all of the things that need to be done, but when I think about it my purpose as a missionary really is just the same as our Savor’s. I am here to help people come to this knowledge that really can change lives. And whether or not people want to be baptized, the very least that I can do is hopefully to help them become just a little happier. So what is my new declaration not only in the holiday season but also for the rest of my mission and life? Joy to the world!
I love you! Have a very merry Christmas, tell your friends and family you love them, and spread some joy into the lives of others!!
18 Dorset Crescent
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
1) Sweet potato milk- it’s actually really delicious
2) One of the performances at the Christmas party
3) Caroling with the comp!