Date

December 25, 2019

Area

Ladispoli, Italy

Companion

Sorella Maylin Erickson

Buon Natale 🎄

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!!

mamma mia Christmas day has actually arrived haha it feels like it's been Christmas season for months cause y'all know we've been listening to Christmas music since well before halloween lol. Anyways- MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

obviously this Christmas has been quite different than my other ones. I remember having lots of ideas of what Christmas would be like in the mission and all of them kind of ended with the fact that yes, while it would be amazing, it would be hard above all to be away from family in such a special time of the year. While my ideas were not entirely wrong, they were also not entirely right. The thing is before the mission I was focused on how hard it was going to be for ME. however, and thankfully, my focus has switched. A big 180 degree spin. This was probably the first Christmas in my life that I was completely 100% focused on others. The first Christmas in which I was always focused on the true meaning of it all. The first Christmas in which my testimony of the birth of the Savior was completely strengthened. The first Christmas which I spent constantly reminding others of the true reason for the season.

And ya know what? I was truly happy. I found myself more grateful for the humble birth of the Savior than I have ever been before. I found more joy in this Christmas than any other one in which I was opening up a bunch of presents that would soon be forgotten. Focusing our lives on the Savior causes us to automatically reach out and help others as He would do.

I found myself and my companion working to find a whole closet of clothes for our friend paola that doesn't have dresses to wear to church. And then delivering that new closet of clothes to paola and watching her face light up. That is true joy.
I found myself testifying of the Savior over and over again to people who had forgotten what the season was about.
I found myself above all much closer to the Savior.

I truly am joyful serving the Italians and helping them have a Christmas focused on Christ. In sharing the campaign "sii una luce" (light the world) it was so beautiful to see others be lifted up or touched from others efforts to strengthen their friends, neighbors, family, and even strangers. It's not a coincidence that in a season where we are all focused on Christ we are all a little bit better, happier, and kinder.

Buon natale my beautiful friends and family!! I love you all and I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I know He was born with the sole purpose to save us from our sins and sorrows. I'm grateful for Him and for the wonderful time of year we can reflect on Him.

MERRY CHRISTMAS LOVE Y'ALL CIAOOO

Sorella Nelson ☃️🎄❄️🎅❤️

1. Our friend Paola I love herrrr
2. Christmas tree made out of pass along cards lol
3. Me and my cute comp with earrings that our beloved Mary gave us for christmas 😭❤




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