"Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life." . . . . .
3 Nephi 5:13 in
The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ
Friday, December 25, 2015
Ho, Ho, Ho!!
Skype Call with Riley - A Great Christmas Gift!
WOW! I apologize for not writing more on
Monday! I only had a minute to set a
time for Skyping with my fam on Christmas day … which is today. And yes, today is my p-day. P-day on Christmas ... not bad … not bad.
I’m betting a few of
you (mostly my fam) are dying to know where I am right now -- what my new area
is like and who my new comp is. Well,
time to spill the beans. My new area is
called Hidalgo, in the Contreras Stake.
It’s a sweet area and the ward is the best ward in our mission with like
250 or so active people.
My new comp, Elder
Cumbe, is from Equador and is a real sick-nasty awesome dude! We get along super, super well and work good
together. He has 16 months in the
mission so far and I’m so, so, so, so thankful that his accent isn’t bad. I understand him real well!
My new district
consists of my comp and I and 6 sister missionaries. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I’m
not a fan. Sisters always bring trouble!
haha But no, not really. All these sisters are really nice and really
cool and hopefully won’t be too much of a handful.
On Monday we had a
mission Christmas party. We had 3 zones
there and I loved it! There was tons and tons of food and tons of sports and we
watched Frozen … although it was in Español,
which means it wasn’t nearly as good. We
also did a zone skit and I was a body guard for Santa and really didn’t do much,
but it was really funny. The talent show
was incredible and President Mecham sang for us. That was the only time I cried—but yes, I
Yesterday my comp
played guitar all morning and I sang (just in our house) and it was
awesome. I took videos and I’d love to
share them, but I can’t until I get home in a year. Then in the evening we went caroling with the
zone in a huge shopping center and handed out like a million pass-along cards
and 200 pamphlets of the Restoration. It
was so much fun and I took videos of that too.
It was truly a success which was cool because I didn’t think it would
be. Then at night we ate with a family
and played a game involving freckles and drawing freckles on other people’s
faces. It was so funny and fun and we
had permission to stay out late. We got
home at like 10:30ish--so fun!
This morning I woke up,
tore open my package from the fam and then played music and sang in the shower
till it was time to go to the chapel (which is like right down the street) to
go play volleyball and eat hot dogs for like 6 hours with the zone! SO FUN!
Now I’m here … waiting to Skype with my family--writing a bit and
smiling real big. I love this Christmas
time and the spirit that’s here. All the
Mexicans are super nice during this time of year and everyone says “Feliz Navidad” to you in the streets!
Of course this is a time
to think of and remember the Savior, what He did for us, and how, thanks to Him,
each one of us has hope--hope to change, hope to be happy every moment and the
hope to live again in the presence of our Heavenly Father. What a
Blessing! I love my Savior. He’s my older brother and my best friend. This time of year has made me reflect on my
life and where I have been and where I am now.
Tomorrow is my 20th birthday. How
proud I am to say that I have dedicated the entirety of my last teen age year
in my life to the service of my Lord. This
past year I have come to know Him. I
have grown closer to Him than ever before and because of that, I have grown in
the most incredible ways. The mission is the most amazing experience any 18 or
19 year-old could dream of. I am SO
grateful for this opportunity to serve.
In the past few days a
handful of people have called my comp and me Angels. I cannot tell you how much I love hearing
that--not because I like "credit" or because I like being recognized,
but because what a blessing it is to see how they have been blessed by the Lord
through his humble servants and afterword recognize it! WOW! I
do not claim any glory. The glory is all
His. I am simply a humble instrument in His hands, and heck, I love being an
instrument. For the rest of my life I
will seek to be that instrument--the one that serves and sings and is happy
every day of his life. It is only
possible to achieve if we live a Christ-like life and seek to do His will over
our own. I am a disciple of Jesus
Christ. He has called me here, to the Mexico
Mexico City South Mission to serve his children and bring them unto Him. I am an
instrument in His hands and I will do what He commands. I glory in my Savior and I love Him with all
I hope and pray you all
have had a wonderful Christmas morning and that in this new year each and every
one of you can be an instrument in the hands of the Lord and help someone find
their way back to Him.