Hey there, everybody! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. It was so amazing to talk to my family and I feel so blessed. We had an incredible week full of miracles. When we are exactly obedient and do all we can the Lord will bless us....
Tuesday after a wonderful district meeting I got to go on exchanges with Sister Christensen. Words can't express how grateful I am for her and the blessing she is to me. I admire her and look up to her in many ways. She is a great example and such a incredible missionary. She has a love for all those she meets and for this wonderful work!
We had a great lesson with Audra in the Pusey families home. Audra opened up to us about her worries and concerns. Meeting with the missionaries and coming to church has caused some problems with friends and family. She is so strong and knows what she is doing is right. She was especially tired because she had gone without tea or coffee all week! Which is amazing and we are so proud of her. She asked us questions and we had a great lesson about baptism and the temple. Baptism truly is the gate by which we can work towards entering the temple. Where families can be sealed for time and all eternity.
We were headed to a lesson with one of our less actives named Alicia but we arrived a bit early. Sister Christensen remembered visiting a woman on the same street last time she was on exchanges in Laurel Springs. She couldn't remember her name but recognized the house. We decided to go knock on the door and a woman named Amy answered. She is a strong woman and an amazing mother who home schools her kids. She had been meeting with missionaries but her life got crazy and she had been out of town for awhile. She was so happy to see us and invited us right in. She said that we had come right when she needed us and that it always seemed to happen that way with missionaries. She began to tell us that she has been upset with God lately and really missed feeling the Christmas spirit. Things just weren't the same this year. We talked with for a bit and then showed her the Light the World video. She loved it and it brought the spirit so strong. We talked about the BoM and promised her that if she would read it it would bring more peace and joy into her life then she has ever felt before. We told her how much God loved her and that he needed brave daughters. Tears flowed down her face and she said we could come back on Christmas Eve. So we did and we had another great lesson! :)
Our ward mission leader had the idea of having every family submit two of their close friends or neighbors to us that we could go caroling too. This last week from 7-9 we went with a member and sang to 4-6 families a night. Leaving them with some chocolates and a Light the World card. If the spirit moved us we would ask if we could come in and share a 2 minute Christmas video with them. It was a huge success and we are now teaching two amazing families that have been so prepared.
One of the families we met this week while caroling is named the Kim family. The father teaches our bishops son golf. They came to church a couple weeks ago to hear him speak and it was great. We introduced ourselves and answered his questions but he didn't seem too interested. The bishops family asked us to go caroling and it was awesome. Brother Kim opened the door to complete shock of us singing but soon a smile came over his face. When we finished he thanked us for coming and then paused. He then said "ya know, I am so glad y'all stopped by!" I have been thinking and I have some questions for you. We came inside and we're able to answer his questions. They all came from looking on the internet unfortunately but we were able to clear them up. They are out of town for a few weeks but we gave him a Book of Mormon and he is excited to read it. We planted that seed a few weeks back and it is already starting to grow. They are so prepared and we are excited to continue working with them!
The other family is the Elle family who are friends with the fantastic Stock family in our Ward. We went caroling there and they invited us right in. We had a great talk with the husband and he was so happy to see us. He said he had been to our church before and loved it. That he knew he needed to come back and invited us to come back and teach his whole family this next week! It was amazing and they are so prepared. God is good.
Sam is doing so awesome. We had some great lessons with him this week. He is starting to ask more and more questions and you can tell he is really thinking. We read through the introduction of the BoM with him and he loved it. He has started reading on his own now. They took us to dinner last night and we had a great discussion about trails and the atonement. Everyone goes through hard things, they are apart of life. But Jesus Christ paid the price so he could know how we are feeling in every situation. You are never alone.
I love y'all so much! Thank you for your love and support. I hope you have a great new year and make some great goals for this upcoming year. Faith in Jesus Christ gives us strength to leave the last behind and look ahead to a brighter future!
|Sister Hosman and Sister Christensen|