|Happy Thanksgiving, we had a great day!|
|New York is getting supa cold!|
|Missions ARE cool!|
It has been the first of the chili days here in New York City. We can feel it in the air and see it in our breath. I don't remember that so much in Utah. We knocked in the cute village of Bronxville with our newest video, A Savior Is Born! We were PUMPED to share this. Bronxville is our favorite spot!!
So we knocked on around 45 doors and we shared the beautiful video with one person, well an older woman (91) and her nurse who was so sweet and grateful for any message about Christ. What was cool was this older woman, who doesn't look a day over 70, told us her brother loves Mormons and knew a good amount about us. They each gladly accepted the Book of Mormon and her nurse wants to learn more about it. (She also recently lost her husband and so she was telling us how darling he was. It was soooo cute!) This was the first time we were able to share this special video and they were SO grateful. Well, out of all those doors, pressing onward with happiness, they were worth it.
I love #ASaviorIsBorn because there are children telling the story. Their messages are real, brief, powerful, and enthusiastic. If a child can understand the message of our Savior than so can each of us. Each of us can share our own testimonies of Him. The words "Savior" and "Rejoice" are used multiple times. WE SHOULD REJOICE ALWAYS FOR THE SAVIOR WHO CAME AND DIED FOR US, for our sins, but also our sadness. It's not just when we mess up, it's for those feelings we all feel so much of the time; loneliness, frustrations, anxiousness, it's those too! He wants us to remember that he brings us peace. He can heal a troubled heart. The kids are from places ALL around the world. God respects ALL people. He loves each of his children with an infinite love. His love can fill an aching heart and everyone needs to remember the beauty that comes from the Atonement of our Savior. My invitation for each of you is to Discover Why the Savior is important for each of you in your own lives. Please share this video with everyone you feel prompted to!!
One more story...
A week ago we went to find a woman who we have received the information for that lives in White Plains. We were told she had a Mormon come to help her with her pipes in her home and they started talking and something may have rekindled a flame in her. When we went to her home her husband answered the door and asked us what this had to do with him. He went to get his wife and she welcomed us in kindly. We knew little to nothing about her so we quickly found out she is so sweet and has two children. She was raised in the church and was even a Young Woman President in Ecuador and understood everything well. Later in her life, after having gone through some things, she found herself in New York married for the second time to a man who is Catholic. For whatever reason 14 years later she has decided she wants to come back to church. She told us she has to work out some complications with her husband, so it is best if she reaches out to us. As we sat down with her, I could tell how sincere her desires are to come back. She had a peaceful confidence about her, which is amazing because shortly after her husband came out once and then a second time. Any spirit that was felt in that room was shot down. It's like the whole room changed. The feeling I felt, made it very clear to me that he did not agree or support his wife's decision and that by us coming it was distancing them. I felt a pit in my stomach for this cute woman. We expressed our love to her and how important the family is in the Gospel and that we know Heavenly Father knows her situation.
Well... This week she came to church earlier...she waited for us so she could apologize to us & tell us the day after her husband came to her and he softened a little and he is able to work with her in what brings her happiness. This taught me what a blessing that God still works with those who have fallen away for lengthy periods of time. That the gospel blesses families and that Heavenly Father answers ours prayers. She told me how she remembered my face and was VERY appreciative for what we did and that we came to find her.
I love this church and this gospel. I love this time of year.
I love my family and the love my parents have.
I will know this week where I will be for this amazing season! Love you guys!