Priel had a lot to say this week!
This week has been a really good week, despite all of the holiday slowness. A miracle was also experienced this week!
On Monday, we did our normal Pday whatnots, and then we played dart wars with the Elders in the district. And I didn’t get shot in the eye this time, which was good! I was smart this time and wore my sunglasses. After that, we had dinner with the Zone Leaders. We didn’t have a scheduled dinner appointment that night, so the ZL’s invited us to their dinner appointment, which was super nice of them. Afterwards we visited Sister Bailey. She is semi-active. She is the sweetest person ever though! She gave Sister Facer one of her old coats and gave us some of her old skirts. Yay for new clothes! We shared a scripture with her and then went home for the evening.
On Wednesday we contacted a member who had been hospitalized a few days ago because she’d had a major depressive episode. She seemed to be doing ok when we visited her, but you never really know with depression. People are really good at hiding when they’re not doing ok. Later that day we had a lesson with the Nuno’s. Brother and Sister Nuno have never been to the temple, and they’ve been members for almost 5 years, so we talked to them about the temple, and set a date for them to go to the temple! I am super excited for them!
On Thursday we did weekly planning, and then we went to do service for some members of our ward. They’re older people, in their late 70’s, and they always get a super huge tree for Christmas. So we ended up decorating a 15 ft Christmas tree. Sister Facer was the one up on the ladder putting on the lights because heights freak me out, and I untangled the lights. We had a lesson with Jerry later that day. He has honestly been the most frustrating person I’ve ever taught. We’ll say something, he’ll get it, and then he’ll talk himself out of it because he “can’t trust his feelings.” He thinks that man destroys everything he touches and that feelings are from the devil. Because of that, he doesn’t listen to the Spirit when the Spirit talks to him. Gah! It’s so frustrating! Hopefully one day we’ll be able to break through this wall that he’s put up. During this lesson I started getting a migraine, and it ended up being the worst migraine I’ve ever had.
On Friday I slept half of the day because I was still having a migraine. After I felt better, we went and talked to the Relief Society President about people we were concerned about. Then Sister Facer had to go practice a song that she would be singing in the Christmas program on Sunday. Then we visited Sister Buzard. She wasn’t doing too well when we saw her. She has MS, and it was really acting up, so she was super exhausted.
On Saturday, we went to the church to help set up for the ward Christmas Party. It took pretty much all afternoon. We finished decorating and everything about an hour before the party started. But the party was a lot of fun, and one of our investigators came!
Sunday was an awesome day! The Christmas program was awesome. Sister Facer sang “O Holy Night” and she sounded beautiful! We both sang in the ward choir. We also had 4 investigators come to church and had several less active families actually show up for church too! We also taught the lesson in Relief Society, and I had a lot of fun. It brought back memories of being a Relief Society teacher in my student ward. After church, we had a lesson with the Woodwards. We taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We invited B to be baptized, and she said, “Oh definitely! I’m ready to put on that white jumpsuit and jump in the water!” AHHH! We were so excited! She is so amazing! I don’t think I’ve been this excited and happy about someone getting baptized since Megan got baptized. I am super happy that B is willing to take this step to be able to return back to Heavenly Father. After teaching the Woodwards we went caroling with some ward members. It was raining and it was super cold, but it was still fun!
I hope that you all have an awesome Christmas! I just want you all to know that I am so grateful that God loved us so much that He sent His Son to the earth, and because of His Son, we are all able to return to live with God someday. I am grateful for everything that Jesus Christ has done for me and for the unconditional love He has. Jesus Christ truly is the Savior of the world!