Monday, December 29, 2014

Mahonri Moriancumerry Christmas to all! And to all a good Lamanite!

Dear Fam,
Aww man talking with you guys on Christmas was the best! I'm so glad you're all doing well and kickin it up at the cabin(: Go snowmobiling a bunch for me because there is still no snow here... and I just miss it!

Not going to lie, I definitely felt homesick this week. There were a couple hard days, but we made it through. I am so grateful for the members here in Madison - they take such good care of the missionaries! Last P-day Emily took us to drive through a big Christmas light show which was really fun. Then the Hunsaker family had all 8 missionaries in the ward over for dinner on the 23rd. Sister Hunsaker made some really good Thai food. It was fun to try somtum with sticky rice! During the day on the 23rd we had Zone Training Meeting. It was fun to get to know the Madison West Zone and share testimony/get pumped about the new year. We also went caroling with the Elders to this cute Nepali family they are teaching. We tried some good Nepali food and had fun talking with them about Christmas. Later we did a bit of street contacting up on Capitol square. Lots of people were out and about which made for an eventful street contacting sesh(:

Christmas Eve:
On Christmas Eve we had dinner with the Feriante family! Sister Feriante is from Wales - so she made a traditional Welsh dinner and it was soo good! She even made Yorkshirepuddings like Grandma!!! Later that night we had a PJ party with Rachel, a recent convert who used to be Jewish so this was her first year celebrating CHRISTmas! Spending Christmas Eve with Rachel and her family was such a neat opportunity. Rachel has such a strong testimony about the Atonement. We had a really good lesson all about the Savior then frosted cookies and played games! Such a fun Christmas Eve!

Christmas Day:
On Christmas day we still had studies and everything like normal then had lunch with the Gardner family who totally remind me of Ty and Bri! Their little girl Elsa is the sweetest! Later we got to FaceTime home from Emily's computer. It was so fun to see your cute faces again!!!! Haha just 5 more months and we'll get to do it again(: After FaceTiming we had a big dinner with a few families in the ward and a little White Elephant game. I am so grateful for the wonderful gift of our Savior and the chance we have to celebrate Him and His life!

Post Christmas:
The day after Christmas I was exhausted! Ha I just really needed a nap, but just had to keep going with missionary work! We had some great lessons through the end of the week and spent time finding and contacting like usual. Deserae, a less active we've been working with, invited us over to make baby gingerbread houses which was fun. She also knitted us these cute little half-mittens! We were very well taken care of this Christmas. Thanks for all the letters, packages, and prayers - they all helped make being away from home a little easier(:

This week is transfers! Sister King and I will be staying together here in Madison which we are both super excited about(: Our District will change a lot because all 3 elder companionships are changing! Elders Gifford, Humble, and Powell will be missed! Sister Christiansen, my trainer, is finally getting transferred out of Wisconsin Rapids after serving there for a couple weeks shy of 1 year! She is being transferred to Madison 2 where she will be serving as an STL (Sister Training Leader) this means we will get to go on exchanges together! Ahh so exciting!

Christmas as a Missionary:
Spending Christmas as a missionary was such an amazing experience. I am so grateful for Christmas and the time we have to celebrate the birth and life of our Savior. I loved being able to share that message full time this year! We shared a Christmas message everywhere we went, but one of my favorites was reading 2 Nephi 18:6 and talking about the names of Christ. We can have a personal relationship with Christ! He is the King of Kings, Light of the World, Redeemer, Son of God, Messiah, Good Shepherd, Prince of Peace, OUR SAVIOR! Pick your favorite name of Christ and work on developing a closer relationship with Him this coming year.

Well we've gotta go, but thanks for all the support and encouragement! Love and miss you lots! Enjoy winter break(:

Sister Kelley(:
Meet the District! 
Dinner at the Hunsaker's with all the missionaries in the ward - they fed us yummy Thai food!
This was a few days before Christmas - gearing up for the celebration.
Christmas Eve with the Feriante Family!
Sister Feriante is from Wales - so she made a traditional Welsh dinner 
and it was delish! She even made Yorkshire puddings like Grandma!!!! 

Christmas Eve with Rachel!
It was so fun to celebrate with her and her cute family(:
Our Christmas Corner!
Merry Christmas!
All my loot:)
Making Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Christmas Morning!
Christmas lunch with the Gardner Family! They were so nice to have us over and we all had a great time!

Christmas gifts from Emily(: She made us these scripture quote boards!
Talking with the fam at Emily's! 
Check out these sweet half-gloves Deserae knitted for us!

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