Greetings from Winder, the city of opportunity and people who need a dental check up. What a week it's been, the month has zoomed by. This past weeks times have been wonderful. Going to the Temple was the definite highlight of the week. Included with the Mission Christmas present to the missionaries. Good pros and cons to the Christmas party afterword though, some things I would have done differently to make it really more memorable, but in the end I'm grateful to have had one and jubilant to have attended the temple. Greater than a tie bwahaha. It only makes me anxious to go again.
Seeing all the missionaries, past companions, past ward members even and the office missionaries at the party made me reminisce and just think about how blessed the mission has changed me. From 14 moons ago. And it's happened so fast. Thinking that this is my last Christmas in the mission just makes me feel... I don't know.. old? Bwahah. I can say I think just this week in general has been good, we've done good things for lots of other people:
We received extra cans of food and took what we didn't need (mainly all of it cause we're always loaded with food) and delivered them to some of the families in our ward. Lots of it was Bush's Baked Beans, so I'm hoping that people don't get the wrong impression with that one, but we took Peter Bennion's idea and delivered them quick left a good spirit and invitation to have them try simple fellowship when they see the investigators or less actives we're working with in church. This new work with member method is quite positive.
On our exchange this last week with Cornelia 1 Elders, Elder Evans and I witnessed a sick miracle in Cornelia. We went to a recent convert's home, his name was Lebron and his brother was in town. His name was "Shawty" like "Shawtys like a melody in my head". Haha, he was pretty coo. He's 26ish and said he had some questions about God, wondering if there really was one, said he was kinda agnostic, believed when he was a kid and went to church, but just didn't know for sure. Well we started to talk lots about faith, trials, and read and shared The Book of Mormon. The Spirit was really strong and in the end, he committed himself to come to church and to start reading and praying. It was sweet.
To fin, Christmas in Winder will be quite the joy :) We will be Skypeing Christmas Day at the Stephen'ss Family in the ward, Bro Stephen is the only Black guy in the ward. They're such a cool fam. Christmas Eve we will be dining with the Gossling family, we're so excited cause their kids are the coolest. Besides that lots of the work is going to be in finding those who need missionaries this Christmas. Praying to find the elect and those who really are in need.
So grateful for the spirit these past couple week, for the thrill of hope it gives me, for my companion the little lemur and all his goofiness, the friends and fam I have here and back home, for my mom and dad, for Avery and all those I've met on the mission.
Jesus Christ is the reason for the season. He is the gift.
Remember the reason for the season, go watch "He is the Gift".https://www.lds.org/church/news/discover-embrace-share-he-is-the-gift-video-and-message?lang=eng&query=he+is+the+gift
Give more, and share with others. #ShareTheGift
Wishing you a happy Christmas!
elder adam black