Monday, 23 November 2015

Christmas Message for everyone

     Hey everyone!
     We had another great week! We found some awesome new people to work with this week and hopefully we will be able to teach them more this week. 
     We had transfers this week so that kept my companion and I very busy, but it was awesome.mi love being busy, I hate just standing or sitting around so the fact that we always have stuff to do as missionaries makes me happy.
     We played some flag football on Saturday with one of our wards, that was fun. It was nice to be able to throw a football again, a nice way to get into the Thanksgiving culture around here too. We had some less actives show up too so that benefited our area as well. It's starting to get colder around here, the last few days have been like -5ish Celsius, bus we haven't had any snow yet, just lots of frost in the morning. During the day the sun is still out and shining so it's not as cold during the day, but once the sun goes down it gets chilly around here. 
     Christmas is coming! As a result the church has released another Christmas initiative, called A Savior is Born. On there will be multiple resources released on November 29th, for sharing the gospel. There are plenty of ways to share this great message of the birth of our Savior, but the big focus is a new video called A Savior is Born. It is about 2 minutes long and the church is really pushing us to use this as a finding tool for the next month. We need your help the share this video with everyone! A great way all of you can share this video is through social media, because that's something as missionaries we are not allowed to do. It is also a great resource for a home teaching message, family home evening, church classes, etc., to help us get into the Christmas spirit. People generally have softer hearts during Christmas time is because their hearts are centered on being selfless and giving people gifts. That's exactly how the Savior lived his life, and we should follow his example. I want to share a quote from Elder Dallin H. Oaks, as you're reading this quote I want you to think of the following questions; Do we really need a Savior? Why is Christmas important for you? What can you do to spread this message across the world? How will this benefit you?
     Here is the quote; “The world needs a Savior. All people need to be cleansed from the effects of sin and to return to the presence of God. Jesus Christ is the Light and Life of the world. This Christmas season, each of us will have many opportunities to proclaim our belief in Him to  friends  and  neighbors, fellow workers, and casual  acquaintances. I hope we will take these opportunities to express our love for Him, to bear our witness of His divine mission, and to renew our determination to serve Him."
      I underlined exactly what we need to be doing as we share this message with everyone. We need to bear our testimonies of why a Savior is necessary. Express your love for him by showing gratitude for all that he did for you. I know that Jesus Christ lives. I know that as we do so, we will renew our determination to serve him.
     I'm so grateful for the upcoming season, I know that this church is true. I'm so grateful for my family and friends back home and how much they support me in this great work. We usually teach at least 10+ lessons per week if not closer to 20 in our mission.
      I figured this picture would be appropriate for the start of the Christmas season. Two of our Polynesian missionaries, Elder Hafoka from Tonga, and Elder Tauai from Samoa, in front of a Christmas tree.
       Have a great week!
             Elder Strate

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