Let my first and only Christmas on my mission begin!
We heard a lesson at church yesterday and it's really stuck with me. Its based on a talk given by Elder Uchtdorf during the 2010 Christmas Devotional. What is Christmas about? Looking back to the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Everything is center on Christ, as it should be. As time goes along, the world seems to go farther and farther away. We should always remember to Look for our Savior in all things this Christmas Season.
He then brings up another idea, while we are looking back, we should also look ahead at the coming year with 'new eyes' You'll just have to read the talk because I cannot do it justice.
One of my favorite things about being on a mission so far is seeing the Christmas Traditions that each family has. Some families have huge, month long traditions and others have short and simple ones. We had the chance to participate in a really interesting one where each member of the family lit a candle and then read a scripture of Christ. It didn't matter if it was Christmas Oriented. We had some dealing with the resurrection, The Mosaic Law and his birth. It was really neat to see. It was focused and based on Mosiah 16:9.
I get to call home on Wednesday and I'm super excited:)
Speaking of Christmas.. It's going to be an interesting one. You see, on a mission, there is really no such thing as holidays. There are days where they you have (have not get) to go home earlier, days where you get a lot more packages than usual, days that are normal and days that people are a little nicer. No holidays. It's fun:) Tuesday night we are having dinner with a potential investigator as well as breakfast on Wednesday with another potential. Really interesting story how those came about for another time.
I also discovered that reading the Ensign at Olive Garden is not weird.. Don't ask:)
Hope everyone has an amazing Christmas!
Love you all!