What a week! Kind of hard to describe everything that happened, so here are some highlights :)
All of the sister missionaries in the mission came together on Wednesday for a special conference. The first thing we did was go to a nursing home and sing carols (we split into 2 groups) It is honestly one of my favourite parts of Christmas, and something my family would do every year. After we sang for them and shared some scriptures, we were able to just walk around and visit with those residents, especially the ones who didn't have family they would see this Christmas. Loved it!
I guess Christmas for me involves a lot of the Christmas songs, cause those are a lot of the experiences that stand out most to me. This night we went out and knocked on some doors of people we've net since I've been here, and it was so beautiful. This one family, I had met the grandparents a couple months ago, and they had all of their extended family at their house for dinner. They had just sat down and said grace, and then we came up singing. Most of them came out to the door, and started crying they loved it so much. That's why I love it, the songs really help you feel the spirit of Christmas.
Boxing Day (Dec 26):
We had a really awesome training. We talked about fasting, and the importance that it is. Something I really liked from it was to think of fasting as sacrificing something physical like food in order to increase our spiritual sensitivity.
One of our leaders talked about coming unto Christ. He said that the yearning to become better is the yearning to come unto Christ. We can feel more confidence as we continually put ourselves in a place where Jesus can be at our side, always strengthening us. Then, when bad times come, we know that we've done all we can and can turn in over to Him.
We had such a great day yesterday :) Our goal this week was to increase our referrals from members (receiving names from members of the church who they want us to teach). We started out that morning, striving to be diligent in everything we did. We were knocking doors on this one street, and right at the end there was house where some members lived. We stopped by for a visit, and they started telling us about 2 of their neighbors they had been talking about the gospel with, and wanted us to go visit! It was an amazing miracle for us, a real answer to prayers. We know that there are people everywhere who can find more happiness and joy from the knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and this is what we have to share with them.
I love you all, and have a safe and happy New Year!
(Fun fact: missionaries here are not allowed outside on New Year's Eve, so we'll be stuck in the flat starting just before dinnertime. But I hope everyone else has a really fun time!)