Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Hello Family!

It's crazy to think I'll be talking to you in a few days - yay for Christmas(: Even though I have been missing you all terribly, I am so grateful for the chance I have to spend Christmas as a missionary sharing my testimony of the Savior with the people in Madison everyday!

District White Elephant:
The transfer text comes next Saturday and then transfers will be the following Wednesday so this week we had our last District Meeting together! A few of the Elders have been here in Madison for over 6 months so they are pretty sure they will be transferred, but Sister King and I really hope to stay together! I love the Madison district and was grateful we had the chance to share our testimonies one last time(: I have learned so much from the Elders and Sisters I've served around! We finished District Meeting with a game of White Elephant - ha it was so fun!

Recognizing Promptings:
We taught Emily again this week, but this time her identical twin sister was visiting so she sat in on the lesson too! Emily's family was really against the church when she joined so Sister King and I were a bit nervous to see how the lesson would go. We shared a message about the importance of following the prophet. We shared a few verses from the Book of Mormon and I just had the strongest impression we needed to give Rachel (Emily's sister) her own copy. At the end of the lesson I asked if she'd like a BOM and she accepted gratefully and later told Emily she was impressed with how we taught and wants to read the Book of Mormon! It was such a huge tender mercy that the lesson went so well and her heart was softened!

Baptismal Date:
Ishmeal now has a baptismal date! Ahh! We are so excited for him - he is so sincere and really wants to get closer to his Heavenly Father. We had a great lesson with him about the Plan of Salvation. We focused on how the Plan of Salvation wouldn't be possible without Christ and how the Atonement is soo central. A few days after setting the baptismal date, Ishmeal was able to come to a baptism of someone the campus elders have been teaching! The baptismal service was done mostly in Chinese because the man getting baptized is from China going to school here, but even though Ishmeal didn't understand everything that was said he totally felt the spirit and got a little emotional toward the end! He is excited for his baptism and is doing so well(:

Pre-Christmas Christmas:
This week we celebrated Christmas with the Thurston family before they went back home to Utah to celebrate the holidays with their families. We ate good food, decorated sugar cookies, hung stockings, and sang Christmas carols! It was super fun! They are so good to help out the missionaries and are always so willing to come to lessons with us - we are so grateful for them and all the awesome Madison 1st Ward members! We are being very well taken care of for Christmas - we are planning on spending Christmas Eve with a recent convert who used to be Jewish so this is her first Christmas celebrating Christ so it is gonna be sweet!

Talk to you in a few days!!! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas, take some time to read the Christmas story and reflect on the incredible gift of our Savior. He truly is the gift, our gift. I love Him and am grateful for his infinite atoning sacrifice - through Him we can become better! Merry Christmas - love you!

Sister Kelley

Last District Meeting Together!

White Elephant Present

Sister King's mom sent us these sweet Christmas socks and we bought
matching Wisconsin T-shirts on sale at the book store!

"Christmas Eve/Christmas" at the Thurston's

Decorating Cookies!

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