And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!
- D&C 18:15
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Christmas Blues and Truths
Today we already took down the Christmas Stockings and little nativities and packed up extra presents we had. We get to begin using the short stack of gift cards. Telling people Merry Christmas is now instantaneously outdated. It was 80 degrees at noon, I finished my Skype call to my family. Now there's 364 days until Christmas. It's a little sad to think that it's all over now, but part of the joy in life is moving on, knowing that what came will come again. Just as powerful a experience itself, is memory. Memory is a key attribute of knowledge. What good would knowledge do if we never kept it? The past is in the past, and is not now, but many times the future is determined upon what we did in the past, and the now is just a filter of recognition.
At any rate, I loved Christmas. We had a beautiful sacrament service, and many investigators came. One of them we've been trying to help progress for a long time now, and her and her less active husband loved the beautiful music and spirit of the chapel.
On Wednesday we had a powerful lesson with a Lady who has not had a very merry Christmas. She's been working two jobs as a 75 year old lady, and hasn't been able to attend sacrament, yet alone buy groceries. But with youth she quoted Psalms 23 verbatim to the King James Bible, and let us know she will make it out on top. It was amazing to see her faith in the Lord. Sometimes, when you hear people approach such a sticky situation with confidence, you think they are foolish. Maybe it is a foolish thing to do, but faith is foolish to worldly sight. It was a touching moment to spend some time with her in the holidays.
Saturday we went caroling with the Elder that live with us. One of them played the guitar, I sang the melody, and the other two prayed for the ability to sing. It worked beautifully. It was wonderful to see family after family touched at our service to them. Truly Christmastime is a special time of year. When else will people appreciate you coming to their door to sing?
When I finished skyping my family on Sunday afternoon, I turned off the monitor, and wondered if they knew just how much I loved my mission. Did I miss my chance to let them know how much fun I was having? Could they tell that I was happy? It brought me back to something one of my brothers used to say when playing sports. "You gotta capitalize!" Did I capitalize on the situation? Maybe I did, Maybe I didn't. It was a little numbing to see all of them together, but I hope they know how much I've changed- even if I still like to be a little fashionable.
It was the most wonderful time of the year. It was time for chesnuts to roast on the fire. It was the time to watch Mr. Krueger's Christmas, but it will always be time to remember the savior.