Elder Foust wishes all of you a wonderful Christmas! Eat food, like lots and lots of food. Watch the Grinch, then watch the Grinch again. And of course remember to give thanks for all the wonderful blessing that you have. I for one am beyond happy to be celebrating Christmas once again in beautiful Mexico City. I'm in a great area, with an awesome companion, feeling amazing about the work I'm doing here. This week we have contacted a LOT of people. Although we share the same message, it never gets old. As I share this incredible message of Christ's birth and what that means for us today, it fills me with a powerful feeling of peace and hope. I know that a Savior was born, who is Christ Jesus and that He lives today. Born to redeem the world and bring everlasting happiness to all those who follow in His footsteps and walk as He walked. I have a great love for my Savior Jesus Christ and feel it grow more and more everyday. The look in a person's eyes as they hear this message of hope, a message they may have been waiting for all their life, and feel this incredible, intense, and inifinite love that Christ has for them has made these Christmas's in Mexico the best ones yet. If you don't believe me, try it. Act with Christ-like love which is the true spirit of Christmas and feel the difference. It has been a great couple of weeks and I know there are plenty more to follow. I love you all so much. Merry Christmas!
What a crazy week! Changes, Christmas caroling, Christmas party, Virgin Day, and a great week of preaching the Gospel of Christ! This week has been absolutely exhausting but wonderful as well!
Part of the wonderful/craziness is my new comp Elder Wolford! He was a district leader in the zone so I got to know him a bit this past cycle. I'm pumped because he's just a big bowl of fun and a crazy hard worker. He's just an awesome missionary and I know that we are going to have a great Christmas/cycle. Our goal: Greatest companionship Mexico has ever seen!
The day of changes was insane and it was hard to say goodbye to a lot of awesome people, but Wolford and I were ready to hit the ground running after we got home. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we worked really hard and had some great lessons and contacts. It's a great feeling when you can feel the unity in your teaching as a companionship within the first week. That is always a good sign. Thursday night we and the rest of our district went Christmas caroling to some investigators and less-actives in the branch. The young women who was baptized 2 weeks ago came along with us. Our throats are tired and probably bleeding, but Christmas caroling is always so much fun and it felt good to mix it up a bit.
Friday was the 2016 Mexico City Southeast Mission Christmas Fiesta! It looked a little different this year because we had close to 200 missionaries last year and this year we are only about 125. However, we had an incredible time! This year we had a White Elephant gift exchange. It was hilarious and an obvious success. Let's just say that life in Mexico can produce an array of interesting and crazy gift ideas. I decided to give away a 'Dear John Emergency Kit.' Elder Wolford put together a 'After Eating Street Tacos Emergency Kit.' It was fun. We spent most of the day playing volleyball and chatting with all our wonderful friends. I loved every single moment of that day.
So after a long week of work and Christmas joy, we spent all day yesterday locked inside our house for the annual 'Virgin Day' on the 12th of December. I washed clothes for 3 hours by hand, then we cleaned and created a Brinner feast fit for kings. Finally, I finished the day getting caught up on a few things I've neglected to do for the past few days. Overall, it was a pretty productive day.
So there you have it. Christmas, friends, memories, hardwork, happiness and a whole bunch of Gospel Sharing. Love this time of year and love my mission! Have a great week everyone!
con mucho amor,
I truly believe that miracles happen everyday in the life of each and everyone of us. So it is not a matter of whether they happen in our lives but in our ability to recognize them or better yet, whether it be God's will to reveal them to us. In this week of miracles, we were blessed enough to be a part of and recognize many miracles. These past few days I have felt the Lord's guiding hand direct us in many ways.
I know one reason for this wonderful blessing is that a great missionary is finishing his mission and the Lord blesses great missionaries. I'm just along for the ride ;) Elder Turnbull has been an amazing companion. He is one of those people that is so good he is always worried if he's doing things right. Sometimes I just want to grab him, shake him, and tell him STOP! because he has one of the most purest hearts I've seen. He has helped me in so many ways and I have appreciated every moment being with him. I'll definitely miss my half Japanese brother and someday I will travel by mooseback to the Great White North to find him.
We have also had some great experiences after sharing the Light the World project with basically everyone. One experience in particular deeply touched my heart. This week we taught a man that was born and raised in Chicago. He remembers the missionaries from his childhood and has always like the church. He explained that he began getting into some heavy stuff as a teenager and actually spent most of his teen's and 20's in jail. He has had a very hard life full of very difficult experiences. Having a new, powerful resolve to bring himself closer to God he accepted a lesson from us. It was the first time I taught an entire lesson in English and surprisingly harder than I thought. However, this lesson was incredibly powerful. Near the end we showed the Light the World video and after having watched it he told us it made him want to cry. In that moment I felt the spirit so undeniably come upon us. This man has had a life full of devastation and heartbreak and then explains to us that he has always wanted to do good. He knows God wants him to do good, too. And we assured him that is exactly what he will be able to do. Through this wonderful message this man was able to feel the Spirit of God and unlock a beautiful piece of him that has always been there. Service and Christ-like love will always unlock our true potential. Make sure you are unlocking yours and start with 25 ways throughout 25 days. ( mormon.org )
We finished this wonderful week by climbing the to the top of the mountain in our area as a zone. We set out very early in the morning and made it just in time to watch the sun rise past the volcanoes. It was a miraculously clear day and we were able to see our entire mission perfectly. After taking thousands of photos of the scene (that can never really do it justice) we ate and had our zone meeting there. We called it our 'Sermon on the Mount.' We focused on Christ-like attributes by reading Christ's words from Matthew chapter 5 then sharing specific experiences relating to each attribute. It made for a wonderfully spiritual meeting and a great ending to an amazing cycle.
I have been just filled with so much love and gratitude lately IT'S MAKING ME CRAZY! But it feels amazing...
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