Hope everyone had a great Christmas!
We saw some Christmas miracles this week! A few days prior to Christmas, we were trying to see a girl named Graciela that we had met outside of her apartment. When we knocked on her door, her roommate answered instead. Her roommate's name is Kiki and it turns out that she's from China! She was the only one home and she let us inside. We showed her the Christmas videos, and although she has no religious background at all, her Grandma in China is Christian, so she's heard about God and Jesus Christ. The girl that we took with us invited Kiki to the church Christmas program, and Kiki accepted! So yesterday she came to church, and we sat by her and explained some of the things that were happening (the sacrament,etc). She seemed to really enjoy it! She accepted to learn more, so we look forward to meeting with her again!
We also had another miracle this week. This was just the day before Christmas Eve. It was in the middle of the afternoon, and we stopped the car on the side of a residential street in order to look at our map and figure out who we would try and see next. I glanced up from the map and saw somebody bundled up and walking in the snow alone. I didn't even think-----I just said almost automatically, "we need to talk to that person." I got out of the car, Sister Gilbert following behind me, and we approached the person walking on the other side of the street. He was a young man named Eric. Eric told us that he was from California---he had just moved to Idaho that day. We gave him a pass-along card about Christmas, and he seemed pleased, "Oh! Christan! I just accepted Jesus 2 or 3 years ago." We talked with him a bit about that, and he accepted our invitation to come teach him about the Restored Gospel! We are really excited about both of these miracles. Christmas really is a wonderful time of year!
We ate with several families and made homemade donuts with President and Sister Hancock! That was super fun. Went sledding a bit, watch a movie with the zone, and played a very intense version of capture the flag.
With the upcoming New Years, make it a time to give Christ His "birthday present". For your New Years Resolutions, you can give Christ a gift by resolving to pray more. Maybe you can make a resolution to be kinder to your neighbors and friends. Perhaps you want to make it a goal to go to church, or to focus on the sacrament more as you attend meetings. Your New Years Resolution could be to say "thank you" more often, or even to spend more quality time with family members. Whatever it is, dedicate this year of 2016 to the God who loves you more than words can describe. I LOVE YOU ALL!
Guess who came home to Pocatello for the holidays?? Andy and Brock!
Me and Sister Gilbert after sledding!