December 26, 2016
Hey everyone, this week has been pretty great! We had an incredible Christmas activity this Saturday, and were able to see a tooon of less-actives show up that members here have been working with to bring back! The primary kids acted out the nativity, and then we ate a bunch of food, and it all worked out so much better than we expected it to!
We were also able to make it out to the mission home this Friday with all of the other volunteers in the Rostov zone for a Christmas devotional with our mission president. We were able to sing pretty much every Christmas hymn we have in the hymn book (in English, which was a bit of a change for us) and talk about the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I just want to testify, as I always do, of the reality and truthfulness of that story. Christ was born, He lived for us, and He died for us. He lives today, and thanks to Him, we may all become clean again. We need not worry about who we were in the past, what me may have done wrong, or any of the other imperfections or shortcomings we may have, because Christ, our brother, overcame them all. The only thing He asks of us, the only thing, is to take advantage of it! Use it! He's given you the opportunity to live with Him and your Father, and your family for eternity. All He asks is that you come unto Him, and bring unto Him the sacrifice of your broken heart, and your contrite spirit. He loves each and every one of you more than you can possibly imagine, and He is ready to do whatever it takes to lift you up from wherever it is that you have fallen.
I love you all, and hope that all is well with you! I hope you all were able to feel the Savior's love for you this Christmas season, and hope that you carry that love with you into the new year, and throughout the rest of your lives!
Preparing for Rostov Branch Christmas Program