This week has been a good one!
First of all, there was CHRISTMAS!!! I was way nervous about it because it's my first Christmas away from home but we were so busy the whole day, that I didn't even have time to be homesick. We went to several members houses for meals, sharing the nativity story, and to play games. It was way fun!
Before I forget, people have been asking me if there is any weird grammar or phrases that "Montanians" use and I have found some:
--"Hookey-bobbing"- it's when a truck, quad, snow mobile, or any other vehicle pulls you on a sled behind them
--"Ski-joring"- when a horse pulls you behind them while you're on skis
It's so strange but I see people Hookey-Bobbing all over town and in fields. I guess there's no good hills around here to actually sled down.
Another highlight of this week was the baptism of our 80 year old investigator!! He had to be baptized 3 times because he is so tall and just wouldn't get all the way under and be able to come all the way back up!! I was really worried when it was happening and he took a while to get redressed, but he had good humor about it afterwards! Sister Schwendiman gave a talk on baptism and I gave a talk on the Holy Ghost. And since we had the service in the morning, so we had donuts as refreshments. Then yesterday, he was confirmed and it was such a joyous occasion! I was smiling from ear to ear as his sons and friends gave him the gift of the Holy Ghost. The Lord really was smiling down.
In spirit of the New Year, I want to share a few quotes from President Uchtdorf about goals. It's a bit long but I like it. :)
"Our personal goals can bring out the best in us. However, one of the things that derail our efforts in making and keeping resolutions is procrastination. We sometimes delay starting, waiting for the right moment to begin--the first day of a new year, the beginning of summer, when we’re called as bishop or Relief Society president, after the kids get into school, after we retire.
You don’t need an invitation before you start moving in the direction of your righteous goals. You don’t need to wait for permission to become the person you were designed to be. You don’t need to wait to be invited to serve in the Church....
Even though we might fall short of our finish line, just continuing the journey will make us greater than we were before.
An old proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.”
There is something wonderful and hopeful about the word now. There is something empowering about the fact that if we choose to decide now, we can move forward at this very moment.
Now is the best time to start becoming the person we eventually want to be--not onlybut also for all eternity."
He also talked about how we will almost always have a failure but that's okay. We will still be better for trying. I love this gospel and invite all to make at least one spiritual, physical, and educational goal this year and to pray to ask for help on what those goals should be so that Heavenly Father can help you!
Facebook post this week: "Haven't reached your goal for reading the Book of Mormon this year? Well "GIT ER' DONE!" I know that reading the Book of Mormon is a privilege and that God has commanded us to read it because of all the blessings we can receive from it. #unitedfromwithin"