Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Week 17 - Email from Elder Holt

Hello hello hello :)

This week has been a little strange! Elder Tillotson left for home Thursday night, and so it's just Elder Flood and I from now on! But it has been good so far! We are getting along well, and haven't really had any big problems with each other, so that's good!

Our area seems like its booming. :) I guess it's really not, but we found two new people to teach recently, which Elder Duce and I couldn't seem to do lately. :(  So yeah, we have two new people! One is the "S" family, one of the brothers there is already a member, and that's how we found the rest of the family. So there is the dad, the brother who is a member, two twelve year olds, a nine year old, and a five year old. And no mom. It's a crazy house! Haha! But the dad used to investigate the church, and told us he had some issues accepting some of the things we believe in, but now that we are talking about some of the same stuff again, he said that things are clicking in his head, and if it continues this way, he won't be able to deny that it's the true church. He told us the reason he keeps our Church in his sights is because he can tell we are the only church that you know by the "fruit of your labors".  He said other churches don't live up to what they say, but ours does! And so it's a super cool experience being able to teach them. :)

Then we also have a guy named "D", who is from the Philippines, and a bunch of his family are members of the church back in the Philippines :) we found out about him from a referral by one of his cousins, and so we went to his apartment, and he just seemed to understand a lot of the stuff we talked about. It's been such a great week!!!! :)

As Christmas is coming along, I just wanted to share my testimony about the Savior. I have loved being able to share the video "A Savior is Born". It is truly inspired, and touches everyone that watches it with an open heart. We shared it with the "S" family, and one of the kids said, "what is that warm tingly feeling I felt?" Haha! Cool huh? :) and the dad said that he always feels the spirit when truth is spoken like in that video. It's just so cool to see how much that video touches people. And it's exactly the reason that the dad said, because when truth is spoken, the spirit is there. And so each time I watch that, it truly makes me think of the Savior's birth, and how He was truly, completely, 100% born for each of us. Not for Himself. He was born to die for us, and ride from the dead, so we will all be able to live with Him again. He was born, so we never have to permanently feel guilt, sorrow, and pain. That can all be taken away through the Savior's Atonement. It's so amazing :)

That is mostly it for this week. It's been a great week! It just doesn't feel like Christmas is around the corner. It's not supposed to
be 50-60 degrees at the end of December :) so I still think it's all a fluke, and Christmas isn't coming until it gets colder ;)

I hope you all have an amazing Christmas!!!! Don't forget the true meaning of it! :) I would suggest you all go and watch "A Savior is Born" because it's so amazing and very touching :)

Love you all! Thanks for the Christmas cards!!! :) talk to you next week! Merry Christmas!!! :)

Elder Holt :)

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