Monday, December 21, 2015

Maligayang Pasko

Hello Friends and Family... Merry Christmas!

I'm so honored to be a missionary at this special time of the year! Just want to wish everyone a MALIGAYANG PASKO!

We've been seeing good things happen this week in our area. We been focusing on a family this week that really has started to progress, even though they are fairly new named the Lahoz family. In our first few lessons, we felt impressed to go over the entire L1, and it was definitely the right thing to do because by the end, they were wide eyed and asking a lot of really great questions. Then as we returned yesterday (with a fellowshipper who knows them well), Brother Lahoz said at the end of the lesson, "Yes. I'm interested. I'm going to read [The Book of Mormon]."

Another thing we've been doing that has been fun is caroling contacting! These past couple days we've been going around to as many houses as we can and saying, "Hello! Would it be alright if we could sing a Christmas song to you?" (We say that because if we don't, they'll think we're just trying to get money haha) and then we sing "Joy to the World" to them! Afterwards, we introduce ourselves as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and ask if we could share a message with them that #aSaviorisBorn. In this time of Christmas, the feeling is soooooo good! I wish I could describe the smallest part of how much I love Christmas! And how much its not about the lights, or the trees, or the presents, but its about a little boy who was born one night in a manger. Who is the Savior of the world!

We had a Christmas Devotional with the whole District and President and Sister Rahlf. Almost like  a mini version of what we did in our Christmas Devotional just for the missionaries. But both times for sure, the spirit undeniably testified to my heart personally that Jesus is the Christ! Especially, I've found, in the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus! I dont know why, before the mission, it was just another choir song, but as I strive to understand what that song really means, it makes it almost look and sound a lot different! "And He shall reign forever and ever!" "King of Kings and Lord of Lords!" "HALLELUJAH!" 

This is the best time of the year to let people know about the birth and life of our Savior Jesus Christ! I wish I could describe how much I love testifying of the Savior! President Rahlf taught about something this last week that was really cool. Its good to give Christmas Presents around this time of year, but let us strive to also have a Christmas Presence in our homes and communities this year! Pinapatotohanan ko na #IsinilangAngIsangTagapagligtas para sa iyo, sa akin, at sa ating lahat! 

Elder Navarro