Merry Christmas! I am so thankful for this time of year. This is the second Christmas that I have been on my mission and this year is a lot different. Last year at Temple Square I never had much time to settle down and enjoy the season. The feeling this year seems more real than all the thousands of people and lights. Today we went to a lady's house to help her wrap Christmas presents. She said she is usually up until 2 in the morning wrapping but we were able to get it all done in 3 hours! We also spent the last week wrapping presents for another young family. I really enjoy doing any service for the people here. Especially at Christmas. I would rather tthat they be able to spend more time with their family than stay up all night worrying about getting things wrapped. I think that's what it should be all about. Tomorrow is Christmas day; I hope everyone can relax and think about Jesus. Christmas is a fun tradition and shouldn't be stressful. I always think about the talk by Dieter F. Ucthdorf,"Of Things That Matter Most". This is a wonderful time of the year, really, I love it! But I hope we don't get lost in the shreds of torn up wrapping paper.
This past week has been the best! The Perez family got baptized last Sunday. Then on Saturday Gary got baptized! They all got confirmed yesterday. It was so incredible; I really don't know how else to put it. I can't think of a better way to celebrate Christmas than being baptized and giving ourselves as a gift to God. Next year will be even better! The Perez family will be sealed in the temple! And Gary and his wife will also be sealed in the temple. At Christmas time!!! This is all I needed for Christmas. To see both these families fully come unto Christ is the greatest gift I could get. I am so blessed to have come here at this time and help these families move forward in the gospel. There is nothing greater than this.
I received a tender little mercy this week. I was having a hard time with the situation of the day, so this just made everything perfect! I got a letter from a sweet person who wanted to wish me a Merry Christmas! I won't tell their name but she is now a sweet friend in Michigan.
I am not a member of your church but I read your blog each week. I honor you for your service and also for the way you seem to have a caring and positive attitude towards those who are exploring your church rather than judging them based upon your own agenda. I believe the Savior would approve of that attitude.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us through your blog.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed 2013 as you complete your mission and move forward into the next phase of your life.
I just want to say, thank you so much! It really made my day. We need more people like you in the world! Even though we're not of the same church, we can still rejoice in Christ, it's perfect. I'm so happy to hear that my experiences as a missionary are reaching over the globe. I hope anyone who reads my humble little emails home will take a look around mormon.org or lds.org. I know that if anyone does they will be uplifted by the messages shared. Especially Christmas Is... Ad campaign on mormon.org.
I love you all and I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!
Sister Lauren Jarvie
CO- Colorado Springs
Parker, CO 80138