Hello everyone! this week was great. I loved being able to talk to my family on Tuesday :-)
I hope you all had a great Christmas. This Christmas will be one that I will never forget, for it will be my only one in Perú. But, I will not only never forget this Christmas because I was away from my family, or I was in another country, or because we ate different food. I will always remember this Christmas because this is when I truly realized WHY we celebrate Christmas. I learned a little bit through other people that you don't need a big Christmas tree or a lot of presents, but we celebrate Christmas because our dear Father gave us the most precious gift EVER given. There is a saying that I have always loved - "He is the gift". I am so grateful that our Father in His infinite mercy, sending us our Savior and Redeemer.
It is just so dang amazing to think that the perfect Son of God, truly descended from His throne, to come and save us. He came, and was rejected and crucified.
It really made me think about how lucky we are! If you take a second and think about how many silly mistakes we make in our lives. How easy it is to mess up - and how much we are in need of someone to deliver us from our mistakes.
I am just so thankful for the opportunity that I have a Savior - that I have an older brother, and thanks to Him, I can truly be forgiven, and be made whole.
I know that our Savior lives. I know that He did truly give up His throne, to come to the world. I know that He is our older brother and the Prince of Peace. I know that He is always there for us, and will always be there.
I am so grateful for the Savior, and that He was born into this world to save us.
I hope you have a great week, and a great New Year!
Hermana Samantha Andreasen