Monday, December 8, 2014

December 8, 2014

December 8, 2014
It was a very busy week. We had lots of visits with people and spent quite a bit of time trying to find new people to teach. It has been interesting using the "He is the Gift" pass-along cards in our efforts. Lots of people will at least accept a card about Christmas. It is tough to transition it into teaching about the Restored gospel, but we're working on it. We have spent some time working on family history lately, per the mission president's instructions. That has been an interesting and neat experience. We are seeing some of our investigators make slow progress, but at least it IS progress, so that is good :) Our ward Christmas party was Friday and all the missionaries were part of the program. I got to play the violin for "the First Noel"  so that was fun. The whole party went over really well. We spent a lot of Saturday setting up for a wedding for a member and his fiancee, who the other Elders are teaching. I got to play the violin on the prelude music of that, too.
It was interesting to be involved in a wedding. Last night we went caroling with the other missionaries from our ward. It was pretty fun and people actually seemed pretty glad to see us. We gave them candy canes with a little paper about "He Is the Gift" attached. We also got to watch the Christmas Devotional, which was really good. I was glad to have a chance to watch it. I wish we had more opportunities to teach people. Actual lessons where we get to teach people are some of the best parts of a mission. We've had a few and hopefully as we keep following up with people we'll have more chances in the future. Having the opportunity to share the message of the Restoration is a special experience, even though it is super hard to be a missionary. Every once in a while we have one of those special experiences that outweigh the difficult ones, though, and I'm thankful for that. I love you all and look forward to Skyping on Christmas. It was confirmed that we get to Skype, so I am excited. It will probably be in the morning or early afternoon. Anyways, I love you all and I'm so thankful for all you love and support. Thanks for the Christmas goodies! I'm glad you liked the buckeyes :) Have a blessed week! 

Elder Schow

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