Christmas Day 2012
We had a wonderful Christmas Day. Elder Wood and I are so grateful for the privilege we have of being able to serve this mission together. We studied and read our scriptures and then opened presents from home. The gifts were great but the love those presents showed to us was what touched our hearts. We love our family so much. (Brent called me on my birthday it was one of the sweet moments I will treasure.) We then went to Neenah for District meetings. We try to help the missionaries out as much as possible. So we told the Sister Missionaries who are serving in Fond Du Lac to drive to our apartment and then they could ride with us to district meeting in Neenah. This saves about half the gas it would cost them if they were to drive themselves to Neenah. We love Sister Ipson and Sister Stewart. They are so happy and positive and love to keep busy serving all day long. I know they touch the hearts of many people where ever they serve. I made some Christmas dessert for the missionaries to eat after meeting and gave each companionship a box of cookies to take home. After meetings we went the Bishop Rhodes home and had a beautiful Christmas dinner and evening with him, his wonderful wife, a couple of ward members and all the Rhodes family that lived close enough to attend. We then spent a couple of hours just relaxing before going to bed. It was a very good Christmas.
On Christmas eve we visited a nonmember in a nursing home who is dying of lung cancer. Her newphew who lives in another state called the mission home and asked for missionaries to visit his aunt. We were called and what a choice experience it was to visit Ruth, she was positive, she is at peace with her condition, and she so appreciated our visit and the knowlege that Her Heavenly Father is aware of her, knows what she is going through and loves her. This whole Christmas Season has been one that we will never forget. The Spirit we have had with us and the baptism we experienced and the joy we have felt as we have visited others has made this “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”. We love our Savior and celebrate His birth, His life, His example, His atonement, and the love He has for all of His children.