Mostafa is SO great!! Two days ago, he took the initiative to ride the bus to church just
to take a look at it. He walked in, and no one was there. He found a Gospel Principles
book and read it for 2 hours in the church building. For my DC North friends, this was
at the Chevy Chase Chapel. Well we called him last night on Christmas, and we
started teaching the Plan of Salvation. We asked him what he knew about the
Pre-Earth life, and he told us all about it from what he had learned in the Gospel
Principles book! Incredible!! He is loving the Book of Mormon as well. He is starting
his conversion process. He told us he knew it was a sin that he hadn't been to
church the past 3 weeks, and he wants to repent and go this Sunday.
So Temple Square is a blessing for many reasons. But one reason is that sisters are
in such a close proximity from one another. I taught an English class for 4 international
sisters the other day, and it was so fun! We are going to have a combined language
study from now on.
We had a white Christmas! Pictures attached!
So we saw this guy was walking his leashed cat around Temple Square
showing him the Christmas lights. Get this: He was living across the street
from Adam-Ondi-Ahman at the time, and one stormy night he was bringing
groceries into his house when this stray cat ran in! He has kept him ever
A few nights ago, we walked by this guy that had a big art folder. For those of
you who know me, you know I love art. We asked why he was here, and he told
us to serve others! Don gave us 2 of his drawings of Joseph Smith and also of
the Christus Statue. We are going to call his wife in a few weeks and teach her
more about her divine nature. She has been in and out of the hospital for weeks,
and her self-esteem is quite low because of her poor health and the way she
looks because of her health.
We had a Christmas Devotional yesterday, and my favorite part was the recitation
of the Living Christ at the end. Our mission president recited the first 2 paragraphs
at the start, but then random sister missionaries in the audience would stand up
one-by-one and each recite a paragraph. The Spirit in the room was tangible. If
you haven't read the Living Christ document, here is a link to read it:
We met a family that came to Salt Lake for Christmas to give service to a hospital
instead of celebrating with presents. How beautiful!
I was able to call home! So fun that the family is almost all together again.
For Christmas, we were also able to attend Music and the Spoken Word this
past Sunday! It was just beautiful listening to the Choir sing the traditional
We met this bagpipe guy that plays LDS hymns right outside Temple Square. He is
so cool! He is a member. He learned a few years ago that he has Scottish ancestry
and decided to learn to play the pipes 5 years ago.
I want to end my weekly email with a few quotes that really touched me this week:
~"When we deny our ability to change, we are denying the atonement."
~"Learning is taking a step closer to Jesus Christ." (Repentance=A Change of
thoughts, habits, and actions)
~"We are endowed to be healers."
Love you all! Merry Christmas!