This Blog was started while I was serving a mission for the Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Nauvoo, Illinois and Spokane, Washington from March 18, 2009-September 22, 2010. My mom posted my weekly emails to my family on this blog. For a bit I used it to throw out some thoughts, but then decided to keep it as Sister Bailey's Blog and start a new one,
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Let it snow
December 14, 2009
It snowed last night. Not very much, but it snowed. I don’t know if it’s ever going to leave this time either because of the cold. It had to warm up in order to snow. Eric was baptized this past Friday!!! The baptism was PACKED. His parents were there, His good friend was there. She wants to be baptized as soon as possible and has wanted it for years, but her parents wont let her so she has to wait until March. She is a stellar young woman and plans to attend BYU-I for school. We’ve already made plans to hang out when I get back. Yesterday Eric was confirmed and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. His parents were there along with his friend. It was a good meeting. The blessing even mentioned his parents. Sam, another one of our investigators has decide to be baptized on the 29th of December. He wants to be baptized on his birthday, which Sister Bruner and I think is just perfect. We’re hoping to hold that date. He struggles to get off work and come to church, but he was there this past Sunday and has been putting forth effort to make it. He’s a good kid. We love him. We have found some really neat people to start teaching this Christmas season. We’re excited for it. This past weekend we were able to bear our testimonies about Christ to the Micah Peak Ward Christmas party. It gave us time to reflect on the things that are really important. Our message began with Enos 1:8. This verse is the Lord teaching Enos about the miracle of the atonement and the grace and peace that it brings us. Sister Bruner then shared 2 Nephi 25:26, “We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ and we prophesy of Christ and we write according to our prophesies, that our children may know to what source they may look for the remission of their sins”. The people in the Book of Mormon were a people that loved Jesus Christ. They loved Him, they loved His message and they loved to learn about Him and to teach about Him. We asked everyone to focus on what this holiday really means, that because Jesus Christ entered this world, we may exit safely. I love what Howard W. Hunter said about Christmas. I don’t have the quote with me and I don’t know it by heart, but he talks about how we give in remembrance of how he gave, about how a gift of oneself is a holy gift and that during the Christmas season we should strive to give as he gave. To let go of grudges, to reconnect with an old friend, to forgive, to apologize, to think first of someone else, to examine our demands on another and to gladden the heart of a child. I love this Gospel. I love this work! I love you all and think of you often. Thank you for all that you do.