It was so great to see you on Skype! Sorry the connection wasn't super duper, but it was great all the same!
I don't have a lot of time, so I'll try to update as quickly as I can!
I went tracting for the first (and second) time on my mission this week! It was actually really fun! Who knew door-to-door contacting would be so exciting? We tracted on a street that we've been asked not to go on at night because it's the highest crime area in Pocatello (bring it). Don't worry, we went during the day! We found Kim, a less active member with a Methodist husband and two step-children living with her. She and her husband have been through a lot lately with health problems. She had questions about the Book of Mormon, and said that we were the first missionaries to be able to answer them! They're going to be in and out of the hospital for the next while, so she said we could come meet her husband in about a month, but said we could come back every once in a while before then. And we plan to! Woo!
Steph, who we spent Christmas morning with, told us when we dropped off a thank you card to her that we had made quite an impression on her daughter. We set up an appointment to begin teaching her when she's less busy in two weeks! Ah! We want to begin teaching the whole family together, if we can! We teach about eternal families, and the best way to really do that is teach them all together so they can become an eternal family!
While we were tracting yesterday, we ran into a 7th-Day Adventist pastor. He was politely dismissive about everything, then later apologized for seeming rude because he was sick and felt miserable. ....Then we caught it. Sister Gale and I were up all night Saturday and spent all day yesterday inside listening to CES devotionals and General Conference talks. But it's good! Builds character. And I sure learned a lot from the prophets and apostles! And now I'm pretty sure I know what drunk feels like--that dizzy, after-sick thing the day after 24 lockdown! And even with the holidays and the out-of-commission day we had, we still managed to teach a bunch of lessons and get good things done!
For this New Year, I want to emulate the example of King Lamoni's father in Alma 22:18. I want to give away all my sins to know God more. He has given me so much--the least I can do is give myself back to Him.
I love you all so much! Remember the Savior and His Atonement in all things, and all those New Year's resolutions can be yours!
So there was this house we knocked.... (top of page)
The sidewalk even celebrates Christmas!