Monday, December 9, 2013

(251) joy to the world

                                            9 Dec 2013

okay. chalk up one more week of adventures. Christmastime brings all sorts of things, like awkward Christmas pictures (you'll get to see those later), power outages, broken cell phones...yeah it was a great week.

Yes the cold snap has hit Fremont and WE'RE DYING. the brazilian wardrobe is being stretched to its limit. yesterday we just had to run from the car to our appointments, and just stand by the heater wherever we go. At least we have a car. It was someone's brilliant idea to play sand volleyball last pday, so my feet are still numb from that. I did get myself an early christmas present and we went to whole foods. Heaveeeeen

The cherry on top of the week was that our phone completely stopped working on Friday, so we called the mission office, and they said we can get a new one by wednesday. Wednesday. Missionary work without a phone = impossible. We've lost quite a few of our investigator's that should be great. All of our contacts are going to be permanently lost too. Oh and I guess the power went out one day, so when we came home the security alarm was blaring...and we thought someone broke in (our street is a little sketch), so that was a little terrifying. Merry Christmas.

It was a really fun week though, we got to go up to the temple visitor's center in Oakland on wednesday! It was a really good experience for the girl we are teaching, she is hoping to finish the Book of Mormon this week, so that should be exciting! Our investigators have been doing really well, hopefully some of them will be ready for baptism soon. Oh and our ward mission leader's house not only is outfitted with blinking christmas lights and the blow-up Rudolph, but they have Christmas music blaring all evening. Best Christmas display ever. We are having a stake musical fireside next Sunday and the four of us sisters have to come up with something to sing in the next six days....I hope the new sister coming in isn't tone deaf, so that should be really fun.

We've been trying really hard, despite the weather and everything possible going wrong, but it's been amazing to see miracles this week! one day we walked around for twenty minutes and saw ten people, but we talked to all of them, invited four to be baptized, got four numbers, gave away two pamphlets, one book of mormon, and got one new investigator! It was incredible. (that never happens). We've been praying so hard, and hopefully we'll see some more miracles in our zone!

Transfers are tomorrow, we're getting a lot of new missionaries in the zone, but we are staying (phew). We might be getting new missionaries in one of our wards, so that will be really nice! we will see!

please don't forget Elder Ballard's invitation: if we all reach out in love to serve or invite just one person this season, how many MILLIONS will feel the love of Christ this Christmas! and "what greater gift can we give to our Savior!" feliz natal!

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