Tuesday, December 26
I am not sure where to start! This past week has been sooooo crazy with so many things going on.
Well I guess I will begin at the start of this past week.
Twas the Tuesday night before Christmas, and all through the hills. Elder Johnson and Powell were driving, when they got into a little spill. Yup. As we were driving to our next appointment from our dinner we got into a bit of an accident. The members around here like to say that the local deer and turkeys are all suicidal! Well one deer attempted to commit suicide and jumped out in front of our beautiful Toyota RAV 4. He didn't get the desired death, he did lose his beautiful headdress though. He lay in the road kinda dazed for about 15 min before getting up and running away. When I(I was driving) hit the deer I was going 40mph. We pulled to the side of the road and called president Palmer right away. President was very happy that we were alive well. He asked me if I had given the buck mouth to mouth. I said no I hadn't. He said that I wasn't fulfilling my duty(to save people). we spent the rest of the evening filling out accident reports at the church. we had small damage to the RAV, but it is in the shop for a week! The good part is, I do not have to pay for anything, we now have a Corolla for the next week, I was not shaken up after hitting the deer(I was very surprised that I was not shaken up, my heart didn't even start racing. Elder Powell was freaking out. We are both very grateful that he wasn't driving).
Anyway, Thursday we had our mission Christmas Devotional. It was very awesome. the spirit was very strong as many missionaries shared their talents in song and music. We had some professional photos taken of the whole mission, and then of each of the zones. Then is when the huge surprise came. We were each ushered to a table with our zones names on them. Each table was piled high with packages and letters for each of the missionaries. I was very surprised when I found that I had more than a package or 2 from my awesome family. I received tons of letters and packages from friends and families from around the nation. Many people from my ward family sent cards or packages. I was more than shocked at what I had received.
Later when I had put all the cards and letters that I had received up on my wall, I prayed and thanked God for the wonderful family that I have on this earth(family, extended family,home ward family, past home ward family, friends). Thank you all for making my Christmas Merry and bright!
Christmas eve, church was wonderful!!!! That is the largest congregation that I have attended(not counting stake conference) in the past 14 and a half months!!! We had 238 people at church!!! We normally only have about 90 to 110 people each Sunday.
Christmas day I got to Skype with my Family!!! It was sooooooooo good to see everyone again!! Everyone has grown up so much in the past 8 months(so have I, in knowledge, experience, and size)!!!!! Christmas and Mothers Day, the 2 days out of the year that I get to Skype. I have found that I am always re-energized after each Skype call. I always seem to be ready to the new section of my mission at a sprint. I will only have one more Skype call with my family before I return home!! So crazy to think about it!! Time really does fly!
Well a good new year to you all!!! Continue to light the world even though it is no longer the Christmas season!!!