We've been listening to Michael Buble's rendition of "Feliz Navidad" and it's 🏼 on POINT. Michael himself is also on point ...
This past week has been SO much fun! I LOVE Sister Hafoka. She's Tongan and from Maui. She also has great hair. We laugh all the time and we've been so busy that I am exhausted at the end of each day.
We've also been teaching each other slang words. Apparently, "sole" means dude in Samoan. I call her Chola...yeah, we are having a Great time!
I LOVE BEING IN BUFFALO GROVE. It feels like coming home. This ward is my favorite.
JANET: Earlier this year Shelby Copeland and I tracted into Janet Hursch. We started teaching her about the gospel and she'd say, "don't even think about asking me to come to church! I won't go!" Well, I was transferred away. Fast forward 6 months... Janet comes to church every...she almost got baptized in October...and she reads her dang scriptures all the time! We met with her twice this week, and it's difficult to describe how I felt as I saw Janet flip to Alma in the Book of Mormon without any assistance because she knew where it was. Or when Janet made comments in Relief society. Or when she knew the gospel inside and OUT. She has grown so much within these past six months, and I feel so grateful to be given the opportunity to come back and see it.
President and sister Bingham came to one of our lessons with Janet and it was SO powerful!! I'm looking forward to seeing where Janet goes from here.
MONICA: She is awesome! She hasn't come to church for several years and we went and visited with her. She just got foot surgery. We talked about Christmas and helped her decorate her fireplace. I love her! She and her husband are going to have us over for steak. 🏼🏼
I hope y'all have a wonderful Christmas. This is my favorite time of the year.
This was shared during church yesterday and I loved it: "On that night in Bethlehem there was no room for him in the inn, and this was not the only time during the thirty-three years of his sojourn in mortality that there was no room for him. Herod sent soldiers to Bethlehem to slay the children. There was no room for Jesus in the domain of Herod, so his parents took him to Egypt. During his ministry, there were many who made no room for his teachings--no room for the gospel he taught. There was no room for his miracles, for his blessings, no room for the divine truths he spoke, no room for his love or faith. He said to them, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Matthew).
Even in our day, although two thousand years have passed, there are many who say the same thing that was said on that night in Bethlehem. “There is no room, no room” (see Luke 2:7). We make room for the gifts, but sometimes no room is made for the giver. We have room for the commercialism of Christmas and even pleasure-seeking on the Sabbath day, but there are times when there is not room for worship. Our thoughts are filled with other things--there is no room."
I know that Christ makes room for each of us in His heart and thoughts, and I know that as we do the same, our lives will be better. Not just at a Christmas time, but all year long.