Monday, December 22, 2014

His Birthday Gift

Hey There family!

     It was a great week this week. Lots of things to do as always. :)

      This week we met a woman named Tammy who is so nice. We tracted into her with Sister Bennion a couple weeks ago when she came out with us.  She had told us that she used to live across from missionaries and loves our church.  So, Sister Bennion just told her that that was a sign then and she better just put us on her calendar to come back and meet with her and she pulled out her phone and said okay. haha It was amazing! We had such a great lesson with her.   She is struggling with her faith and wants to believe but isn't sure what is really out there. So we read parts of Alma 32 with her and invited her to an experiment - we come over and meet with her and invite her to do things and she asks God and see what answers she receives. I know it will happen because I have felt the same thing, so we promised her in the name of our Savior that if she wants it, she will find the answers she is seeking after. 

     This week at our mission Christmas party Sister Bennion challenged us to do something that our family does every year on Christmas eve. She gave us a piece of paper and a little envelope and invited us to write something on it that we are going to give Christ this year for his Birthday. I have been thinking about it for a little while so when she challenged us to do that it was perfect. On the paper I wrote my heart, might, mind, and strength. I want to give him my heart to let him change me and my nature, more conversion. My might and strength to do what he needs done for others and to fully living the gospel of Jesus Christ. And my mind full of virtue and treasuring up the knowledge that leads to eternal life.
     There is an article in the Ensign that is perfect for this challenge. It is called "The Reality of Christmas" By Bishop Gary E Stevenson. He said:
      "This Christmas, as the spirit of the season permeates our hearts, let us do something that expresses our feelings in an outward way, showing that we understand that the babe born in Bethlehem is the real Redeemer."
      "This Christmas, mend a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a letter. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in word and deed. Keep a promise .Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Apologize. Try to understand. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Be kind. Be gentle. Laugh a little more. Express your gratitude. Welcome a stranger. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love and then speak it again.”

     " Without Christ, there would be no Christmas. Without Christ, there can be no fullness of joy. Without His birth and His Atonement, we would have no Intercessor, no Advocate with the Father, and no Mediator who makes it possible for us to return to the presence of our loving Heavenly Father and live together as eternal families."

     I echo his words and issue the same challenge to everyone. Think of something that we can give Christ for his Birthday. Write it down, hang it up and remember it. Continue to evaluate it and try our best to become like Him. 

     We invited Tracy one of our investigators to take that challenge as well. She has been meeting with the missionaries for a long time, several months. But it was a good experience. She was really pondering was she could give the Savior. We have seen her heart soften a lot lately and we are excited to hear her gift. 

      And I got to go to the temple!!! It was amazing. Words cannot describe the peace that I feel in the Lords house and I understood the meaning so much better of why it is called his house. We had to get up at 4:30 am to make it there on time but it was so worth it. The spirit and the Savior love were there and it made an impression on my heart that I won't forget. By the time we got home that night after a fireside we did and many other things it was almost 11 pm. We were absolutely exhausted and ready to fall into bed.
     Jervy this week decided that she still has some questions that she needs answered so we are pushing back her date for a while. Her husband is a member as I mentioned before and he hasn't had much interest in sitting in on the lessons so we weren't sure his opinion on all of this. But at church on Sunday we received a little tender mercy. He came right up to us and told us her concerns. So now we can know how to better help her. She is more ready that she recognizes. We are putting our faith and trust in the Lord but I'm sure it won't be long her heart is ready. 

      Well I will see y'all on Christmas. Have a great week until then you are in my prayers! MERRY CHRISTMAS. Remember Him.  

K love you bye!

Love Sister Weeks (Rachel)

Atlanta Georgia Temple

Nativity at the temple.

Sisters Andrus and Weeks.  Probably last time to see each other because she goes home in January.

Sisters Weeks and Chapman - great companions at the temple

All the sisters who got to go to the temple together for Christmas.

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