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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Let It Snow

December 21st:

What makes a baby go up,down, and loop-de-loop? 
A stroller coaster! 

 I don't have a lot of time today. So here is a short and sweet email. Well...all of my emails are that way. First of all, I miss the snow!!! Everyone has signs that say "Let it Snow!", and it makes me really mad. It can't snow in Florida. "Let it Rain" would be more fitting. That is my little tangent for the day. 
 This week was busy! We had our mission Christmas party at the beach! I am pleased to announce my zone was the winners of the sand castle contest! 
 We were so lucky and got to go to "Night in Bethlehem", The Tampa stake puts together this huge live nativity every year. It is really popular. Everyone we meet says, " Oh I've been to the night in Bethlehem with your church."  I really wanted to go, and to make it even better we got to go with a recent convert, and can I just say that I love her to the moon and back. Taylor is awesome! All of you need to meet her. You truly meet life time friends on your mission. And to think if I never came on a mission, I wouldn't have met her or anyone else that I have built a relationship with. I am eternally grateful for my mission! 

On Wednesday we taught young womens. I love the YWs program. We talked about individual worth, I have been pondering that a lot this last week. If we all saw ourselves and others how our Father in Heaven did, the world would be a different place. It breaks my heart to see the youth think they are worthless.   I mean we are all sons and daughters of a God! What is more powerful and motivating than that? We were created to be successful! We have a savior who makes that possible, and you have a Father in Heaven who knows and loves you!  You always hear people say" I am trying to find myself", I am sorry but that is dumb. You are a child of God, that is who you are! you have to reach that potential by following Christ, It isn't about finding yourself, it is about making yourself! 

I hope you all have a splendid Christmas! Remember the Reason for the Season! 
Merry Christmas! 

1. Sometimes I think people see us, and fly away just like the birds in this picture :) It really happens. Yesterday someone saw us walking towards them, she stopped turned around and started walking in the other direction.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I have a Mormon in my cupboard?

December 14th 2015:

What do carnivores eat in space?

All I have to say is I love Peggy so much! She got baptized right before I got here. We have a recent convert lesson with her once a week, and I look forward to it every time. She has been through a lot, she is hands down one of the sweetest 59 year old ladies I know! Anyways, I was looking at her bookshelf, and I saw a book written by Glen Beck. I asked her if she knew that he was Mormon, and she said " I have a Mormon in my cupboard?". I love her and I want to bring her home with me. 

It is hard being away from home during the Holidays, but it is also a really fun time to be a missionary! People are just so much nicer and more receptive. We went caroling this last week with some lovely ward members, Taylor and Kiana (Don't worry I whispered the songs so they couldn't hear my angelic voice). Everyone that opened the door first looked shocked, but then had the biggest smile on their face. I loved it! It was a great way to share the special Christmas spirit. 
This last week we met a lady named Jasmine. She has the cutest family! We met her outside her house. We said a prayer with her and got a return appointment. We went to her house for her appointment, she didn't answer. We were a little bummed, but not surprised, because it wouldn't be the first time. Sister Morgan and I decided to finish tracting her street, once we got to the end of the street we prayed to know what to do next. After we finished we looked at Jasmines house, and saw someone getting out of the car. We went back to her house, and knocked on her. She answered and of course had forgotten but still let us in. We taught her the Restoration. When Sister Morgan shared the Jospeh Smiths Vision the spirit was SO STRONG. Her eyes were locked on the picture. We talked about how baptism can give her a fresh start, and she said "I want that!" I replied " we can help you with that. The spirit was so strong in the room, I felt like my heart was going to jump out of my chest!!! It was a great lesson. We set a date for January 9th. We are excited to watch her make the changes she desires! 

Well I hope you all have a great week! Also, you should all watch a savior is born, and share it EVERYWHERE!  

Sister J