To start out this week I encourage all of you to check out Christmas.Mormon.org and watch the two awesome Christmas videos that the church put out!
Well, we had another really good week! We got to spend a lot of time on campus and teaching lessons and we had a lot of cool experiences!
Monday, we had our usual meeting with President Jacobsen and then we went to lunch before going and playing dodgeball with a bunch of the missionaries. Monday night we went to the YSA FHE with our investigator Michael! He is doing really good now and continues to pray about the gospel and what Heavenly Father wants him to do.
Tuesday, we had a really good MLC! I got to train on goal setting and how we can be better as a mission by setting goals. It was a really good discussion and I think most of the leaders were able to learn things that they are able to take back to their zones and help their missionaries. That evening we had to take care of some stuff for President Jacobsen that involved us picking up a missionary who was going to go home.
Wednesday, we went to the airport with the missionary that was going home and then drove his companion back to his area to be with a few other missionaries for the rest of the transfer. That afternoon, President wanted us to help him put Christmas lights on the mission home. So we got to do that and then that night we were able to have another really good lesson with Michael!
Thursday, we taught a super awesome new girl named Haley! We found her walking in a snowstorm a few weeks ago and she was definitely placed in our path for a reason. She is super prepared and the lesson went really well! She actually had lunch with another guy that we are meeting with about what the lessons were like. That afternoon we got to spend some time on campus before we drove to pick up another missionary who had to go home.. It is always a bummer when a missionary goes home but this week was super rough because we had two go home.
Friday, we got to spend most of the day working on campus and we got to talk to a lot of awesome people. We also got to teach Trey, and had an awesome lesson with him. He is preparing to be baptized probably right after Christmas break.
Saturday, we spent some time talking to people on campus before we went to the church to set up for a baptism that our ward was having. Both of the sets of Sisters had a baptism and it was an awesome day. Both of them were Chinese and didn't have a belief in God before they met the missionaries and it has been awesome to see how far they have come. Overall it was a really good week!!
This week we will be transfer planning all week and getting things ready for transfers next week. We are also teaching several lessons so it should be another great week!! Thanks as always for the prayers and support!!
P.S. Here is the spiritual thought that I included with my weekly email to the mission leaders last night but I think it can apply to all of us as we live the gospel:
We really need to have a positive attitude and help the missionaries in the mission realize that "We Can Do Hard Things!" If we are willing to discipline ourselves to the principle of success, we will experience success. One of the most important things that we can do to be successful is to believe and act like those missionaries that we have always wanted to be and that our Heavenly Father has called us to be. Ultimately our actions, and attitude will help us become the type of missionaries that we want to be. George Bernard Shaw said: “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. People who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” In order for us to be as successful as our Heavenly Father wants us to be, "We must learn to become creators of circumstances and not creatures of them."
-M. Russell Ballard