interesting week it has been! Sadly, we weren't able to teach any of
our investigators this week, but we found quite a few potentials!
We had our Ward Christmas party on Friday, so Sister L & I handed
out some invites in Rimbey & Bentley. We've really been digging
through our former investigator lists, and we decided to go visit one
in Rimbey. It didn't seem all that promising because no one had
recorded anything on these investigators for 10 years! I couldn't
believe they were still in our area book, but we thought we would see
if they happened to still live there or if we just threw away their
teaching record. They still live there!! And they are open to having
us come back and teach!! 🎊🎉 its so exciting! We plan on going back
in about a week.
Another former we visited is P. She is an 81 year old Ukrainian,
and she has been meeting with missionaries for over 10 years! She was
so excited to see us because the missionaries hadn't been there in
over a year. There was an incident with another sister missionary who
was asked to not come back to P's home. P is Roman Catholic,
and she read scriptures and prays. But this sister told her 9 days
before she finished her mission that P is not a Christian because
she hasn't been baptized.... 😤 what?! What kind of almost returned
missionary says something like that?! I'm just so happy that the
bridge wasn't completely burned! P can't wait for us to come back,
and neither can we! She is a wonderful lady.
A fun little Christmas moment happened this week with Sister P.
She is the 92 year old war veteran who lives in an old folks home. We
brought some Christmas lights to hang in her room, but when we
arrived, she wasn't in her room. So we decided that we wanted to
surprise her! So we hung the lights right by her bed and window. It
was just the right touch. We then found her playing SkipBo with some
of the other residents. I was laughing so hard! This had to have been
the most intense game of SkipBo I've ever seen! And I thought I was
competitive! 😂 we then took her back to her room, and she just
gasped! She loved it! We acted like we had no clue who had done it.
Thank goodness she's a little out of it otherwise she would have known
exactly who it was! It was fun to be able to make Christmas a little
brighter for her.
While we were watching the game of SkipBo, there was a woman in the
corner, and by the looks of it, she has it pretty rough. She's in a
wheelchair that is propped up in a very specific position and speaking
doesn't come easy for her. Her husband was sitting with her, and all
of a sudden I heard her ask him, "do you love me?" His answer just
melted every part of my body! "Of course I love you. That's exactly
why I'm sitting here with you." #feels! It was one of the sweetest and
purest moments I have ever witnessed. What a privilege it was to see
such a great example of devoted love.
The Ward party was a hit! The ladies of the Ward spent almost 2 days
decorating the church! It turned out beautifully. We met a few new
potential investigators, including the M's. They are friends of
Sister R, the horse dentist! Haha they were fabulous people! In
their 60's, retired, my kind of people! We got along famously, and we
are working with Sister R to set up another time to meet with
them. The Primary kids did a singing flash mob with the Nativity song,
it was the cutest thing! There were a few other musical numbers, and
of course we ended the program by all singing Silent Night. I was
asked to say the closing prayer, so I had to keep it together! The
Spirit was on fire in that gym! That song brings the Spirit in in a
way I can't describe. But I was able to hold it together to say the
Well this week marked the 6 month mark of me receiving my mission
call! Where does time go?! I cannot believe it's already been 6
months. I couldn't have imagined all that has happened between now and
then. But it was been incredible. I have made incredible memories both
before and during the mission. I have grown more (not physically) in
the last 6 months than I think I have in the last 6 years! It has been
a privilege and an honor to be able to serve my Heavenly Father. I
can't wait to see where the next 6 months take me!
I loved the First Presidency's Christmas devotional! One phrase that
stood out to me came from Pres. Uchtdorf's story about the wheel
chair. When the man received his wheelchair and was told it was his,
the man asked, "Is it truly mine?" The reply was, "It is a gift from
people who love you." That's how I feel about my mission! It has been
because of the sacrifices of the people that love me that I am able to
be here sharing the gospel. So thank you! This is the greatest gift I
could have ever received.
Have an amazing week & don't forget to focus on the Savior!
Sister Bethany Christensen