Thursday, December 12, 2013

9 Dec 2013 letter

Happy snow-days everyone!

This past week was eventful and busy.  It finally snowed here in Hannibal and it's so pretty.  I missed snow so much!  I got a ton of birthday hugs and more food than i ever needed.  Then on Friday a member, Sister Todd, drove four of us Quincy Zone sisters to Nauvoo to do a session at the temple.  When we were there, Br. Ledford, a 90 year old sweetheart of a grandpa surprised us and was there at the temple! We were so happy to see him there.  He's our little buddy in Hannibal now.  We helped him write christmas cards and wrap presents for family and setup christmas decorations too.  Sister Todd's friends fed us sandwhiches and home-made applesauce after the temple and then we went to the Old Nauvoo visitors center to listen to a live christmas music program and the tree-lighting ceremony.  After they had Belgian draft horse-drawn carriages outside to take everyone to different locations to have hot cider, cocoa and other deserts.  Everyone was singing christmas music to distract themselves from the cold.  My feet were hurting so bad from the cold that it took them 3 or 4 hours to stop hurting afterwards.  It was a really fun evening and we all sung christmas songs driving back to Quincy and Hannibal.
We were able to get some less actives members to church on sunday and really enjoyed being able to visit with all of them.  The Iowa Des Moines Mission has a goal right now to have 550 baptisms by the end of the Year and we just found out that we need 100 more baptisms to meet the goal and there are over 108 baptisms scheduled this month!  That is so many people!  One of our other investigators on saturday told us she has lung cancer, it is so sad, but she's been smoking a lot for a really long time.  We try to help her understand why she needs to quit, but all she could say to us was "you're addicted to church!"  haha.  I am so grateful that I am not addicted to anything bad, just good things that aren't harmful to my body.   I am grateful that the word of wisdom is there to help us to be healthy and our best selves and not just a bunch of dumb rules that are restrictive.  We don't have any baptismal dates for this month yet, but we're praying that one of our investigators will commit to a date after christmas.  Faith in 550! (our mission moto).

 Love you all!

Merry Christmas :)

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