California Fresno Mission May 2013 to November 2014

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Semana 24 en Ceres -- Staying in Ceres!

             We received transfer calls on Saturday and I am so grateful that I get to stay through Christmas with our branch and the missionaries here. This week was a crazy week!
Monday we had a two great lessons with a wonderful sister in the ward and with R. We used La Vela de Navidad  (The Christmas Candle with scripture reading) for both lessons. It has been so wonderful to see how excited the members are to do this activity with their families. With the lesson with R and his family it was a wonderful opportunity to see how the gospel has blessed and changed his life and his family's life. But more about that later....
Tuesday we had a wonderful zone meeting. After the meeting we went and tried to apply what we learned. We saw so many miracles! First we went and tried to contact a referral. Although we couldn't find the right house, we talked to everyone that was in our path and were genuine with everyone. We gave one Harvest Blessing and set up two appointments. It was a great contacting day! I know that as we talk to everyone and go out of our way we will find more prepared people.
             Wednesday we had a great lesson with a woman named Y. She is from Peru and she is so prepared! We had left her some reading to do from the last time we saw her and she had read it multiple times and even re-read it before we came. We also went and visited a lot of less active members and invited them to a production called Savior of the World (Salvador del Mundo) that the stake here is doing. Hopefully a lot of people will come.
Thursday we had Christmas Zone Conference! We watched a wonderful video called "Giving is the Best Form of Communication." It was so wonderful. As we discussed it we reflected on how wonderful it is that our Savior came to earth and already paid the debt for each one of us. How marvelous His gift is! I am so grateful for the gift that our Heavenly Father gave to us so many years ago--the gift of His Son--a Savior for all mankind. We also learned about the Historical Nativity. It is so interesting to know all the details about the Savior's life. The Conference helped us to remember the Reason for this Christmas Season. It made me wonder what gift I am giving to the Savior this year. What gift can I give Him? He has given me so much!
Friday we started using the stockings that we received-- La Media de Navidad (The White Stocking Tradition). It is helping the members think more about what gift they can give to Christ this Christmas. Today was also Hna M’s birthday, so we got to celebrate a little bit with the members.
 Saturday we received transfer calls! We are all staying here in Ceres another transfer. Yay! We also went caroling with the other missionaries, ward missionaries, and ward mission leader. It was a great way to serve the less actives. Then we had a missionary lesson with another family and talked to them about the importance of being missionaries and sharing the gospel with their friends and family.
Sunday, yesterday, was a church filled day--meaning we were in the church for a long time. But, F and J came to church and so did B and L! We also had the opportunity to do a musical number for Sacrament Meeting--we played a Christmas duet (Silent Night combined with Angels We Have Heard On High). We also went to Salvador del Mundo. What a wonderful production! It talked about the life of Jesus Christ and everything that happened before His birth. I am so grateful for Him and for His birth! The highlight of the day was Sacrament Meeting. R blessed the Sacrament and his son passed the Sacrament!  We were so thrilled to see him progressing and keeping his baptismal covenant. As we listened to the Sacramental prayer and watched his son pass the Sacrament I couldn't help but look over at his wife. The whole family was beaming! I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ truly does change lives! How grateful I am for Jesus Christ and especially at this time of year His birth! I know He truly is the Savior of the World. I love Him!
          Thank you for all that you do to support me and this missionary work! Have a wonderful week!

Hermana VanWie


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