Dear Family and Friends,
I love the Christmas season! I am very excited for the upcoming Holiday not only to share the message of the restoration, but to more fully remember our Savior, Jesus Christ and His birth. What a wonderful time of the year to remember one of the greatest gifts that our Heavenly Father has given us. He truly loves us so much and desires us to look to His son and to embrace His love, light and gospel. The mission truly is an amazing blessing to be able to share with others the knowledge of our Heavenly Fathers priceless gift.
I would love to share a few scriptures that have been on my mind lately as we have been approaching Christmas this year. They are in 3 Nephi 11:10-11 and Matthew 5: 14-16
3 Nephi 11
10 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.
11 And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
I know as we follow the example of our Savior and share the light which is in us, we truly are disciples of Jesus Christ and will lift the burdens of those we know and love. What a wonderful blessing we have to lift others burdens and to help others draw closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ.
This past week, we had the opportunity to visit with one of our investigators, John where we read 2 Nephi 31 with him in the Book of Mormon and discussed the gospel of Jesus Christ. It has been a neat experience in visiting with him and not only in seeing him grow in the knowledge of the Book of Mormon and the gospel, but also in the unity of our companionship in the teaching process. Elder Mertens is a wonderful teacher and teaches the doctrines of the gospel simply and clearly. We also had the opportunity in our same visit to share with him the LIGHT the WORLD video on Lds.org. It depicted scenes from the life of the savior as well as things in which we can all do to radiate our light and the light of the Savior and His gospel. He really enjoyed the message of the video and at the end, we left him with a Book of Mormon to share with a friend so that they too can experience the blessings of the gospel. It has been a great joy for me to have visited with him this past month.
We also had the opportunity to have visited with the Carter family where we discussed the importance in anchoring our lives to our Savior and His gospel and how we can continuously develop and strengthen our faith in Him. They have been continuing to read from the scriptures and in making it a gospel habit in their lives. I have seen them all grow and it has been a blessing for me to see the light of the gospel enter into their family. I am so very thankful for how the gospel can influence us to be better and to become more like Christ.
I would like to invite you all to watch the video LIGHT the WORLD on lds.org and to look for ways in which you can help others come unto Christ. I know as you do so, a greater light will come into your life and a greater love for your Redeemer, Jesus Christ. As we do so, we will come to realize that we are true disciples and followers of Jesus Christ.
I hope you all have a great week!