Monday, December 19, 2016

Letter #22 - Merry Christmas

December 19, 2016

Dear Friends and Family,

This past week was awesome. We were able to do so much service and a lot of it was pretty fun. On Tuesday we went tracting and on Wednesday we went to the same area to do more tracting. We passed by someone we had talked to the day before while she was raking her leaves and we offered to help. She accepted our offer and so we ran off to get our service clothes, changed in her bathroom and raked leaves for about an hour before she had to pick up her grandkids. I think it helped soften her heart. We were able to learn a little bit more about her and her difficult circumstances and then bear testimony of God's love for her. 
Another service we did this week was to sing to some people at an assisted care center. We sang with about four other companionships of sister missionaries. The pastor there even let us sing in the church where the acoustics were amazing. It was a blessing and gift to us to be able to hear ourselves bear testimony of the Savior through song and it really brought the Spirit. It was a neat experience. 
We were also able to ring bells for Salvation Army this year. We rang bells for two hours and opened doors for the people coming in and out of the mall. Sometimes you don't know what muscles you have until you make them sore, haha! 
On Saturday we had an entire day of tracting ahead of us, but it was getting cold and quickly dropped from the 50s to the 20s. There was also a wind advisory out. We had planned on 70 degree weather since that was what was in the forecast and that is what we had dressed for. We live too far away from home to return once we have left for the day. Heavenly Father was merciful however, and after a prayer we were able to schedule four or five appointments to visit people for that day. It was a miracle and sign to me of my Father's awareness of me and love for me. We were able to stay out of the wind and Sister Wallace even gave us some fantastic hot chocolate.

I hope that you have been able to see Heavenly Father's hand in your life as you have reached out to others - to serve and love and care for your brothers and sisters. I am so grateful for each and every one of you. Thank you for your love and support. I am so blessed. 

John 3:16-17
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his onlybegotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 
Merry Christmas!
Sister Prue

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