December 9, 2019


Lexington, VA


Elder Johnson

The real reason for the season!

Hey everyone!
How was your week? Things here in Virginia are just great! This was a pretty good week with a lot of stuff that went down.

It started on Tuesday when we had exchanges. Elder Hyde from the YSA wards came here to Lexington with me for the day. It was super fun as we tried to find some new peeps to teach. We came across a gas station with some dang good pizza and hot chocolate. Later that night we all gathered back at our house. By the next morning we were all frozen because the heat was turned off and it was like 45 degrees in our house. Not a very pleasant night! The rest of the day we did service at the local food pantry and kitchen. Thursday was a good time! We had to find some rocks to paint for our Light the World campaign. We really should just leave the rock decoration to the sisters!
We met this cool lady named Makayla, she let us share a video and teach her. We are excited to see how she likes it. The weekends always seem to be the best part of my week. We had a parade on Friday night. We walked along side our Light the World float and gave a bunch of pass along cards and candy away. Was super fun! The next morning, we headed off to Roanoke for the mission tour. It was great to see all my mission pals, especially Elder Davis! Very spiritual too. Elder Haynie from the 70 came and taught us. That night we had a Ward Christmas party, like they always say on the invitations, good food, good friends and good fun!! Haha!

My favorite part of the whole week was the First Presidency Christmas Devotional...I was a little bummed out that we didn't hear from President Nelson, but all the talks were great. I hope that you all watched it and that it was a great reminder of why we celebrate Christmas. As said in one of the talks...
"Jesus is the gift that keeps on giving".
Remember that as you go shopping and continue to wrap gifts, prepare food for all of your Christmas parties, that Christ is the reason for the season.
Love you all and hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
Elder Brian


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