Family and friends, feliz navidad, or merry Christmas. Thanks for persevering through that skype call with me, sorry it was crazy but it was great to see you all and hear just a little bit :) This Christmas was a Christmas I will never forget.
So for hispanics, real Christmas is celebrated la Noche Buena, or Christmas eve. that's when we have the big dinner and the presents opened at midnight and the tamales and the whole 9 yards, So i was more nervous about finding and teaching on Christmas eve than I really was for Christmas day but I knew that the Lord would guide us to people who needed us, who were maybe lonely or sad for different reasons, and the Lord definitely provided. The first miracle was we had so many investigators at church on Sunday. We had a great meeting and it really started the day off right. The Quezadas, david and sarai, both came and were EARLY and were so happy. Earlier in the week the branch presidency had paid them a visit and talked about their concerns about joining the church and they expressed doubts about the word of wisdom, so we went by saturday and taught the doctrine of the word of wisdom and why we live it and it all clicked for them and they committed to live it right there. we even role played it with him i said hermano what about tomorrow when your brother comes up and says take a beer its christmas! and he just said "eso es facil. dire "o tengo que manejar no gracias'" meaning i have to drive, no thanks. ADDA BOY. They are progressing a lot which makes me really happy. They should be getting baptized here soon they just gotta take that step of faith, please pray for them!
Then later that night was our campfire miracle. This was seriously a dream people. We were contacting and looking for people who needed us and it was snowing and cold and we go to contact this lady we met at our clothes drive last week named Heidi. We go to the house and nobody answered. They lived on a lecheria and we had seen some cars out back.. so we go around and we see some people far away by a camp fire and decide well we can at least talk to them. Turns out it was Heidi and her husband Zeek. They only had one of their 4 sons with them for Christmas and were feeling a little bit down. We asked them if we could play a song for them that we wrote. Rewind: earlier that week we wrote a song about the restoration to the tune of lil drummer boy and had tried to learn it on the guitar. so back to present time, we get our guitar and we sing them a song on the guitar, about the restoration of the gospel of jesus christ, by the fire, in the snow, on christmas eve. HAS THE DAY OF MIRACLES CEASED I SAY UNTO YOU NAY. It was such a powerful moment and the spirit was just so strong and I just wanted to shout for joy but we're going back to see them again tonight actually so that was definitely a tender mercy.
Another miracle from the week, Andrea is doing so so well. She is seriously incredible and my love for her has just quadrupled this week. On Tuesday she texted us and said "hermanas i'm back in my house you can come visit me tomorrow" so we did and she just explained all this tragic drama that has happened with her husband and the abuse and the kids and the pain and how she had to get a restraining order and so many things and she just cried to us and cried and then the only thing we could thing of to do to help her was to clean her house. So we said, hermana we know that life is really hard right now. Can we clean your house? and she looked at us amazed and we said we came here to clean your house and she just started crying and hugging us. WE cleaned her house for about 2 hours and it was work thats for sure but by the end it was clean and she asked us to help her put up her christmas tree, because up to that point she hadn't felt like celebrating Christmas. It was a tender spirit in her home that day and we watched the video "he is the gift" on mormon.org. I would suggest it for all who haven't seen it. But she felt loved that day. We went and saw her again on Christmas evening and brought some presents for the kids (thanks mom for the help with that) and watched the nativity and she said hermanas. ever since you cleaned my house my house has glowed. but its not because it has been clean. it glows because of you. you just glow. I know that it really isn't us that glows, but the spirit and the light of Christ that she is starting to recognize. I was so grateful that I could serve the Lord by loving her and man she is just so special.
Okay i realize i'm writing a lot this week. But I just want to share my testimony of the significance of having a Savior. Have you ever stopped to think about what life would be like without a Savior? How would you comfort your friend who's sibling died? How would you feel after you said something rude to someone in the store? How would you feel to look back and realize the mistakes you've made? Life without a Savior would be a life without Joy and peace and forgiveness. I am so grateful that we DO have a Savior. He is Jesus Christ. "The Son of the Living God. He is the great king Emmanuel, who stands today at the right hand of His Father." I am grateful for Him. I am grateful to know Him. I am grateful to continue knowing Him. And I am grateful to serve Him. Listening to a talk this week someone said "if your self worth is dependent on anything other than your relationship with Jesus Christ, well youre in big trouble". He is everything and He is the only reason we can be anything. I love Him. This is His church. This is His way.
1 christmas dinner with la familia becerril
2 andrea y yo
3 our groupies aka future missionaries camila y carlitos
4 found a baby kittie
5 last exchange ever with hermana lambert!!
Hermana Fallyn Reed
Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Federal Way, Washington Mission. July 2016 - January 2018.