Thursday, December 21, 2017

Week 63

It's the most wonderful time of the yeeaarrr!!!

Hola Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful week this week, because it truly is the most wonderful time of the year! Am I super pumped for Christmas this week?! You Betcha'!!!

This week was on the slower side due to meetings and interviews, but nonetheless we are enjoying every minute our here! Wednesday, we took a trip to my last area in Mankato, and had district meeting and interviews with President. He's always so inspiring! 

We had a lesson with a Hispanic family we were working with a while back, and we are teaching her two sons David and Marlin. We were teaching them about the blessings of daily scripture study and personal prayer, and how we can turn to our loving Heavenly Father in prayer at any time. One of the boys said to us, "So you mean, we can pray at any time not just at dinner? Well then let's pray right now!" Hahaha, it was so awesome! 

So, some good news and bad news - bad news is, our investigator we set a baptismal date with, Kay, is out of town for a month so we haven't been able to meet with her again :( Good news - our returning inactive-active member MaryJane just accepted a calling! We’re really excited for her!! Oh, and also, our recent convert Bob blessed the sacrament for the first time on Sunday and absolutely nailed it! So proud of him.

It's been amazing to see and feel the Love of the Christmas season - Just doing the small simple acts of kindness that arise throughout the day. I came across this quote as I was reading through this year's Christmas Devotional that really captures the spirit of Christmas we feel as missionaries. Modern-day apostle Dieter F. Uchtdorf says,

"To me, one word best describes the feelings we experience at Christmastime. That word is love.

After all, the gift that we celebrate at Christmas is a gift of love—God’s gift of His Son.

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love.

Touched by that love, our hearts soften. We feel a tenderness that causes us to reach out to others in kindness and compassion.

Christmas inspires us to love better."

I love you guys so much! Have a wonderful Christmas, and remember the reason for the season - Our Savior Jesus Christ.

Feliz Navidad!

-Elder Bolinder

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