I hope you had a Very Merry Christmas!
This week was filled with service and miracles and good will towards men.
Elder Fadely and Elder Wilkins made our district a fantastic Christmas dinner-turkey included- at the end of District Meeting
The Savannah district’s reenactment of the Nativity (ties, scarves and sheets can do wonders for a costume)
P-day around historic Savannah–St. John’s Cathedral. Absolutely gorgeous!
The fountain at Forsyth Park
We went Christmas caroling with a family in the ward, and we had a magnificent time. Many of the people we caroled to were so appreciative of the added joy this season. One of them was an older woman whose husband passed away last December and was having a difficult Christmas season this year with out him, one was a woman who was by herself this Christmas season, and one was a father who asked us to keep singing and ran upstairs to grab his two kids from out of the bathtub to listen to us sing about our Savior’s birth.
We were able to do so much service this week–helping an older woman living by herself decorate her Christmas tree, help a member pack up to move, serve food at the Salvation Army Christmas Day to the homeless, Christmas caroling, and little acts of service along the way. Life is good when you’re in the service of your fellowbeings.
As a Christmas miracle, M (who a few weeks ago decided she didn’t want to be baptized and didn’t want anything to do with the church) has prayed and received an answer that she should be baptized! She is back on track to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints!
I love you all, and I wish you a happy and safe new year!
At the beginning of this week we had two baptisms solid and set for two different women, both with the same name, M! However, they went way different than I thought they would be. It was a good lesson on humility and trust in God’s will. [The first M] doesn’t want to be baptized anymore, so we called off the baptism.
The second M was baptized on Saturday! However, she ended up needing to be baptized in the Pooler Ward, even though her fellowshippers are here in the Savannah Ward. So, we call the Pooler Sisters Tuesday night and tell them that they have a baptism on Saturday with M! We called M and told her, which we thought would be difficult to do because when she moved into the Pooler Ward we originally tried to have the Pooler sisters teach M, but she told us she was going to our ward with ShaMyrra or not at all. So we were nervous to tell her, but when we did she said “Oh good! That way I’ll be able to have a ride more easily to Young Women and church every week. I’ll miss you, but it’s okay, because the church is the same everywhere and Jesus in in every congregation of your church, right?” Absolutely. Miracles.
Sister Jeppson (remember her? I was in Valdosta with her, and she’s one of the Pooler sisters!), M, and me after M’s baptism (note the CTR ring on her right hand–she wears it every day :)
M going to the Pooler Ward was probably one of the best things that could have happened. She has a ride to church every Sunday and to Young Women every Wednesday, she was completely welcomed and enveloped into the ward, and her mom has been completely welcomed and involved in the ward.
What is a better way to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ than with a baptism and a fresh start?
The Church has put out an amazing video about the true meaning of Christmas–the Jesus Christ is the first and the true gift to the world from our loving Heavenly Father. If you haven’t seen it yet, do it right now: christmas.mormon.org
I love you all! May your days be merry and bright!
District plus friends Pday last week! We went to River Street, a main touristy spot where the street is like it would look in the 19th century. It’s super pretty. left to right: Sister Ward, Sister Sevy, Elder Wilkins, Elder Fadely, Sister Jensen (who is actually home off her mission now but was in Savannah for her mom’s work!) me, Elder Turnbull, with Sister Muegge and Elder Garcia in the background.
The missionaries from the Savannah Stake performed at the Stake Low Country Boil and Talent Show.
(Sister Waddoups is in the green skirt)