I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! Thanks for all the birthday wishes too!
This was a good week! Wednesday was my 20th birthday. We had planned on having lunch with Susanne, she is the lady who runs the food bank here, but something came up and she had to cancel so, I had my birthday lunch at a Subway in a gas station...something to laugh about now! But for dinner we went to the Mangrum's and taught a lesson! We could kind of tell they were stalling a bit and finally our ward mission leader and his wife (Walton's) come walking in with a Reese's ice cream cake (score) and a gift! They are the nicest! After those festivities we get a text from Sister Froberg telling us she has a surprise so we go over and get cake round 2. Holy cow I was stuffed. But her granddaughters made the cake and colored me a picture too! So cute!
Thursday, we had our Mission Christmas Conference! It was filled with musical numbers and testimonies! Loved it! Then when we thought it was over, President stands up and tells us to move to the other room to watch a movie!!! YES! We watched 17 Miracles and ate food. It was the best.
On Christmas Eve, we went to the baptism of someone Sister Brush used to teach in Mount Vernon! Best way to spend the morning! After the baptism we went out for pizza with the Walton's and as we drove past the ocean we saw a snowman on the beach so naturally we had to stop and take a picture! (picture included) Then we went Christmas caroling with our district! (again) As is tradition in our house I opened my gift marked Christmas Eve and found my Christmas pajamas inside.
On Christmas, we woke up early to open presents then ate breakfast with the Froberg's before church. It was delicious. Then we went to church and got to hear so many songs and testimonies about the Savior and it was great! After, we had lunch with the Boyd's and played some games. Then we SKYPED HOME!! Obvious highlight of the day. We had dinner with the loudest family you can imagine it was so fun! The daughter made Sister Brush and I bracelets! We had to be in by 7 so we put on our Christmas jammies and colored pictures in case you were wondering. It was such a good day!
These are the “good tidings of great joy” we celebrate at Christmas—not only that Christ was born but that He lived among us, gave His life for us, was resurrected, and ultimately “finished the work which His Father gave Him to do.” We rejoice because the confusion and chaos of this world can be hushed by the promise made to us from the very beginning—a promise fulfilled by the Atonement of Jesus Christ. For this reason, the story of Christmas is not fully told without the story of Easter. It was the Savior’s atoning sacrifice that made holy the silent night in Bethlehem. It was His gift of redemption that caused us to shout for joy in the pre-mortal world—this gift that heals our sickness, restores our sight, and wipes away all tears.