HE GETS TO COME HOME IN 3 MONTHS!!!!!
(I'm just a little excited ♥)
This week we met with lots of less active members, a few of them we met for with the first time this week. And then on Sunday when we were at church a whole bunch of them showed up, it was so cool. There were 5 less active members and 2 investigators who came to church, they made up over 10% of the congregation, because our usual attendance is around 60 people at church. I'm accrediting it to the Christmas season, it's such a great time of year for sharing the gospel. We're handing out our cards for A Savior Is Born, and I hope y'all are spreading the video too. In our district meeting Elder Fifita talked to us about sharing our cards with everyone we talk to. It was really good, it helped all of us focus more on sharing the video and talking with everyone. We went out to lunch right after district meeting and I'm pretty sure between the 10 missionaries there was a person or 2 who got more than one card. One guy I gave a card to was just doing his job at Walmart pushing one of those real long trains of shopping carts, around here they're buggies, and he made sure to tell us Merry Christmas as we were walking by and the thought came to my mind that I need to give that man a card. So I just went up to him and told him that our church has put out a video of children telling the biblical story of the birth of Jesus Christ to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. The man was almost brought to tears, he was so grateful. He told us how wonderful it was that we are helping people remember the true meaning of Christmas and how much he appreciates that. It really helped me to see how hearts are softened around Christmas time, which really makes it a great time to share the gospel. As we've been sharing the A Savior Is Born video it's been so cool to see it bring the spirit into people's hearts. We've been showing the video to a lot of less actives who we visit and it's awesome how it brings the spirit. For me right when the kids say, "And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Prince of Peace..." I get chills every time. Then when we've shown them the video and they've felt the spirit of it we've asked them to share that video and several of them have names come to mind right away of friends or family who they can share it with. It just shows again how great this time of year is for missionary work. I got to take Elder Fifita on an exchange here in Brevard, we had a party. It was right after district meeting, and we gave away probably 7 cards in the one day. I ran out, it was great. We also had some members take us out to dinner and they are some great people. The wife is possibly the nicest lady I've ever met. One thing she does is every time she sees a pregnant woman or a woman with a baby she will get her name and address and make them a blanket. She is fearless in approaching them and takes every chance she gets. She's even left our table when we're out to eat so that she could talk to a pregnant woman. We talked to them about the A Savior Is Born video and the cards and when we were about to leave she took one and gave it to the lady at the cash register. Love y'all, watch and share A Savior Is Born with everyone! Elder Jared Petersen P.S. Please share it all over my Facebook, since I can't do that yet. We should get Facebook soon though!