Monday, December 12, 2016

13 days till Christmas!? 🎄🌟

This week has been great! Sister Melgarejo and I are staying together in Hull for Christmas! We are excited. The ward here is amazing and they make it feel like home! (Well almost...) Christmas cards are a huge thing here and literally everyone gives you one, so on Sunday we got millions hahaha it is kinda funny. They have this huge table full of cards for everyone. It's nice and thoughtful though :) 

We received a referral a while ago and were finally able to get in contact with him! His name is Freddy and we met with him and his 2 kids who are 7 & 9. Freddy is excited to work towards a baptismal date. They came to a church Christmas party and was so cute how his kids were welcomed by all the other kids. Then the next morning him, his kids, and his wife all came to church! They loved it and loved the environment. And they all speak Spanish so Sister Melgarejo was in heaven! We are so excited for them! 

Carmen, the member referral has been facing some opposition from her family but was able to accept a baptismal date! We are grateful she has the example of their friends who are members. Member missionary work is the way to go! We taught her the plan of salvation and testified that she can live her family forever. She got emotional and said her father has recently passed, she said she felt so comforted when she heard that. 

We attended a funeral of a little boy today who passed from cancer. It was the sweetest little funeral. We helped the mom yesterday blow up hundreds of balloons and put them together for decorations. It was a lot of work but it made her so happy. She made it more like a party, a happy time that he gets to return to his Heavenly Father and not suffer anymore. She put out all the things he loved and had everyone wear bright colours and served his favourite food. It was a special, inspiring, service. 

Christmas is coming so fast! I can't believe it. I love the Christmas season and the feeling it brings. We got a little 3 foot white Christmas tree and decorated it last pday and made tons of paper chains and snowflakes so it's finally started to feel like Christmas! It's the best time of the year. I hope amongst the craziness you can all feel the true spirit of the season that come through remembering our Saviour and serving others. 
I love you all and hope you have a great week :)

Love, sister Stevens 

We helped with a ward primary activity 

This is Masen.  He is my little Bennett, they are so alike it kills me!
Funeral Prep.  9:45am-8:45pm at the chapel yesterday.
Our district in unified now :)

Sister Blair is being transferred :(