Last week we had our Christmas conference! It was so fun, it was the first time since the MTC that I saw Elder Smith, Elder Fife, and Elder Zesiger in the same place. It was way fun seeing all of them. It was pretty wild too haha.
It was a lot of fun, then we drove home which was like and hour and a half pretty much and a family invited us to go caroling with them to their neighbors and try and share the gospel, so we went and everyone bailed on caroling so we just ate dinner.
Christmas Eve was a lot of fun, we went to the Hickmans and had dinner with their family, none of their family is members so we got to know them and they were really interested in what we did as missionaries.
Christmas was seriously crazy lol. We had 3 lunches and a dinner....at 10 we went to the Hickmans for breakfast with their family, then to the Jones and had pizza and then to the Taylor's at 2....and wow let me tell ya it was a ton of food!
The Hickmans and their family got us some presents! Thermals and socks and some popcorn haha. So nice of them! Oh ya mom i don't think you realized but the camo thermals you got me were size 38 to 40 😂. They were just a little big when I tried them on haha. Then the Simpson's had us for dinner and their kids are wild, they got us some stockings and we had a good time over there. The ward really makes you feel at home here so it's really nice. And a lot of them love to share the gospel so we are hopefully going to start teaching some more friends this week which will be really awesome. I love teaching friends because there is so much love in the lessons.
One of the daughters in the family we are teaching has been getting some anti Mormon stuff from her youth group and she has been doing so well with it, she has overcome all her concerns with it and loves to learn more about the restored gospel. We also had dinner with this family on Saturday and ate some tacos, and watched the restoration video with them, it was great. They're also reading the Book of Mormon on their own! It's amazing to see the Spirit and growth that comes from really reading the scriptures and praying on your own.
Then...thiz week we ran out of miles so we had to pop the bikes out and get ridin. It was my first time on a full bike week since Winston-Salem😂. It's been a while haha. But it was nice to get ridin again, we were able to talk to a lot of more people.
One day we were biking home while on exchanges and I was riding and a thought came to my mind "you should knock on that yellow house" well obviously at first I thought I was just thinking this and then i stopped and thought maybe it's a prompting from the Spirit. So we turned around and go knock on this door and we were about to leave and he opens up and comes out to talk to us. Turns out he is a very devout Christian who is very humble and seeks truth and knowledge about Jesus Christ. As he was talking we knew we needed to testify of the restoration and the restored truth that we can share with him. He loved it and invited us back to teach him more. It was a great experience and I'm grateful i didn't keep biking.
We've been planning with the members in the ward about how they can share the gospel and it's been going so good, so many people are coming up with people they want to share the gospel with.
Something I've been studying is being born again or being spiritually reborn, be coming a "new creature" as the scriptures say it, becoming sons and daughters of Jesus Christ. It takes a lot of immersing ourselves in the gospel and transformation to occur to get to a spiritual point where we are new creatures in Christ. I would invite everyone to study and think about being spiritually reborn, maybe what would need to change in our lives for this transformation to start it's process. Anything is possible through Christ who strengthens us!
Oh funny story before I end this letter. We had a lesson with a lady named Amy and she goes, was that y'all that was riding you bikes through the neighborhood a bunch. And we said ya did you see us? And she said the whole neighborhood thinks the cops or detective are on bikes now!!
This neighborhood was a wee bit ghettooo haha.
Things are going well with Elder Luna. He's been doing pretty good with teaching, little by little he's getting more comfortable with it. Mostly getting outside his comfort zone and talking to people more. I've made him knock on a lot of doors and talk lol. It's been a fun transfer so far though. We are actually going to play catch right now too!
Anyways I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Love you mom!