Christmas! How are all of your Christmas parties and plans going? It's
been great out here! We actually have no snow now. We've had rain for about 3
days straight. It's dry today, but very cold.
This week has been super crazy. We had several lessons fall
through because people were in the ER, BUT I was able to invite an
investigator to baptism on our first real lesson with her! She said as
she found out for herself that she would do it :) She's such an amazing
woman who is going through some hard things, but I think she really
knows that this gospel can change her life for the better.
Our Investigator, K, is adorable! Unfortunately we've not seen
her as much as we'd like this week, but we did get to meet with her one
day. We never got to our full lesson with her about the Word of Wisdom
because she is a talker, but I love it :) She and her husband were
ecstatic when we told them who our bishop is. (He's a big-to-do judge
out here, if I haven't already mentioned that.) Funny thing is, they
actually know our bishop! K's husband was being charged falsely with
something and when bishop told him that it was his lucky day, he said,
"Thank you, Jesus!" and walked right out! haha they're crazy, but they'd
make great Mormons!
Thursday all 250 or so of us missionaries went to Fishers for
our Christmas Conference. It started at 10am and didn't get over until
7pm. We had a great training session on the attributes of Christ from
our APs, Sister Training Leaders and Presidency. I'd encourage all of
you to either pull out your Preach My Gospel or go onto LDS.org and find
the section in PMG titled, "How Do I Develop Christlike Attributes".
Each attribute is pretty short, but it cuts out all of the fluff and
gets to the point.
After the training session, we had a great lunch provided by
the Fishers 1st ward ( I think), games- compliments of Sister Cleveland,
and a talent show which was THE BEST! Our Sister Training leaders went
first and were hilarious. They did some sort of Christmas medley on
Kazoos and they sung as well. We had a lot of pianists (and a lot of our
elders even wrote their own music which was beautiful), a violinist, a
few singers, an elder played the ukelele and the very best (or worst)
was the last. Our APs and a few of their favorite elders had a rap
battle about who was better: Purdue or IU. Purdue won, but only because
they had an elder do parkour- he even did a flip off of the stage over
President and Sister Cleveland's heads onto the gym floor.
Friday night we went back to Fishers and spent the night with
Sister Vidmar's old companion because Saturday, there was an Indian
family that she had taught that got baptized. 4 out of the 5 were
baptized (because the youngest was 3). They all had to be dunked
multiple times because their names were pronounced wrong, but they're so
solid! The mom who got dunked the most said after that she almost
wanted to go under more because it was the most amazing feeling!
President came to that.
Sunday was the best day by far though! In Terre Haute, our
bishop's mother got baptized! President came for that as well. Including
family, friends, ward members, investigators and the missionaries in
our zone, there were over 100 people at Sister Vs baptism! She is the
sweetest thing on the planet. It was a great confirmation to me about
how we should always share the gospel with others, but allow them their
agency. As we share the truth of our gospel, it will stick with them and
when they're ready, they'll accept it with a full heart and be truly
devoted to the cause of Christ. Sister V is already having missionary
moments with her friends and her other sons who aren't members. Next
Sunday she'll be confirmed. I wish you all could have been here to
For Christmas Eve we will be with the same family that had us
for Thanksgiving, and then we have three family's we'll visit on
Christmas Day: one to watch the kids open presents, another to have
lunch and a third to have dinner and talk with my mamma! Hehe be jealous