December 23, 2013
President Durrant said to give his love to y'all! We plan to be calling at 11:00 am (Dallas time). I will start with the home phone but only to set up FaceTime on an iPad or Skype or something. I WANT TO SEE YOUR BEAUTIFUL FACES!! haha... (One of the best parts of Christmas is each missionary calls home to their parents. We had a wonderful visit with Graham via Skype on Christmas morning.)
For most Christmas day is a day of celebration and gathering with family and friends. However, for some Christmas is the loneliest time of the year. It is a time when they should be with loved ones but instead find themselves all alone. As representatives of Christ we will go out on the day we celebrate his birth and find those who are alone, to share some Christmas cheer with them. We will set aside much of our traditions in order to (hopefully) bring that joy to others.
Last Friday, we had a training with President Durrant. We practiced teaching and shared our prepared talks on what makes a successful missionary. President Durrant gave us all a Christmas gift - an acorn! He talked about the many things the acorn symbolized like the seed of faith and obedience to mission rules. Well, it promises to be a great week! I can't wait to speak to y'all!!