Monday, December 25:
CHRISTMAS DAY!!!! We had driven down to Marianna the night before so we woke up in Marianna Christmas morning. We stayed in our pj's and went to the church. The Marianna Sisters joined us and we all opened our Christmas presents. We also watched Polar express and had breakfast together. It was such a fun and cool experience. Before we left to go back to Bainbridge we had a mini devotional where we all had the chance to bear our testimonies. Super amazing to see the faith that everyone in my District has. After we got back to Bainbridge we had lunch with the Richardson Family. Elder Taylor and I were then able to Skype our families. It was weird because I feel like I haven't been out on my mission that long but it's already been 7 months. We ended the night with dinner at Lisa and Coby's house. Such a fun first Christmas in the mission.
Tuesday, December 26:
So today was changed to our P-day for the week and it felt really odd to have it on a Tuesday but hey I got to email my family some more so I won't complain.
Wednesday, December 27:
Today we had service at Salvation Army and it was different. It was different because The enormous pile of Christmas stuff that still needed to be organized when we left before Christmas was gone. This left a big open area. Anyways the rest of the day we visited some less active members and got our weekly planning done. The day went by very fast but it felt very productive.
Thursday, December 28:
So today we had a lesson with Amaris and Brother O'neal joined us. We did a ton of biking around our area trying to knock doors in some areas we haven't gone to before. We found a pretty solid guy who we are hoping to have a return lesson with soon. We had dinner with the Webb's and i was able to see there new baby named Emry. she's so small and has just as much hair on her head as I have on mine. seriously so precious.
Friday, December 29:
Man those days where your companion is sick are just killer. Elder Taylor spent most of the day in bed so I got lots of studies done.
Saturday, December 30:
Basically one of those days of pure service. We went to President Vaulter's home and finished cutting up and burning/stacking a tree that had fallen during Hurricane Irma. He then feed us lunch. Afterwards we went and did service for the Taylors . We spent time covering some of there Turmeric plants because it is going to be below freezing for much of this upcoming week.
Sunday, December 31:
I was asked to prepare a talk for today but as a backup because one of the people who were asked to give a talk had gotten sick early in the week. He ended up getting better but I, sadly, was not able to give a talk in church this week.
So, I read this quote from a sister named Sister Rose serving in Washington (state) right now. This is her mission president's wife. I hope y'all take her advice going into the new year.
"We are human beings not human doings. Try to make some 'To Be' goals not just 'To do' goals."
-Sister Lewis (Washington Yakima Mission-Wife to of the President)