Wednesday, December 30, 2015

December 28, 2015

What a wonderful time of year it is! It is a special time of year as it is the time our Savior was born. We are so blessed to be able to live with the knowledge that this gospel has provided for us. May we remember our Savior and His life and the many things that He has done for us. He has given us everything and as I have reflected this week about Him and His life I have realized that His whole life was spent giving to others and He never once asked for anything in return. I was thinking about how hard the mission is at times but then I turn to my Savior and think about His life and how if it wasn't easy for Him, why would it be easy for me? Preaching the gospel is hard and not everyone is interested or willing to keep the commitments we extend them but it is a message that is continually worth sharing because you never know when you will find the one person that will accept it. I thought of how the Savior willingly gave his life and that He knew not everyone would accept him. He knew that many would reject what He did for us, but the Savior still made the sacrifice. I am so grateful for His example and for the chance I have to continue to strive to be more like Him. May we press forward with steadfastness in Christ and a perfect brightness of hope. Life isn't easy but as we remain faithful and keep our eyes on the Savior, we cannot fail. We must continue to take the next step. We only fail when we stop trying. As Peter walked on the water towards the Savior, he had the faith to do so until he saw the waves and the storm and he began to fear. That was when he started to sink and he cried out to his Savior for help. It says that Christ immediately stretched forth his hand and lifted Peter back up and questioned why he had so little faith. Our Savior will always be there to immediately stretch forth his hand and lift us back up. We can't let worldly distractions, doubts, fears and things like this that take our eyes off our Savior. As long as we stay focused on him and make him our foundation. We cannot fall. 

Christmas day we were able to Skype with Kristin. She is doing great and looking good. She was not able to write this week as the internet was down but was able during the week to send us some pictures she wanted to send us. She sent us the thought above which we wanted to share with everyone. 


                                                                                                                                 Kristin with her new hair cut

Going out with the district to hand out gifts to those who didn't have a lot. Kristin said this was the best experience of her mission so far. She really felt the spirit as she gave to those who didn't have much.

To the right and below are areas that she is either teaching individuals or visiting members. The round tent like homes are Yurts.

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