This week has been filled with many up and downs, however the heights of the highs always make up for the low of the lows, and I know I am right where my Heavenly Father needs me. The zone has been struggling for a couple of weeks now along with my own area. When the work is going slow I always feel very physically, emotionally, and spiritually drained, however these always seem to be the times I learn the most about myself and my Heavenly Father. I have felt so much love from my Heavenly Father, and realized the love my Heavenly Father has for others. He is the reason I will sacrifice to bring eternal truths to His children. A great blessing we had this week was being able to teach a couple of investigators, whom we haven't been able to get in contact with for weeks. I felt the Holy Ghost when I was with them very strongly and can’t wait to get to see where this journey of the Gospel will take them! Another exciting part of the week was moves call last night; Looks like it'll be a Christmas in Aberdeen for me! My companion Elder Corcoran is off to my home of Paisley and I'll be getting the chance to train a new Zone Leader Elder Parsons from England.
In the Bleak Midwinter
By Rossetti Christina
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.
Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.
Enough for Him, whom cherubim, worship night and day,
Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels fall before,
The ox and ass and camel which adore.
Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.
It seems appropriate that giving and receiving gifts is a centre part of Christmas. After all, we are celebrating the matchless gift of God’s Son, the Saviour, Jesus Christ. Of course, our gifts to each other will never compare to this gift, but I believe that the joy of giving and receiving gifts can turn our hearts towards the “gift of God”. The precious gift of God’s Son invites each of us to “find peace in this world, and Eternal life in the world to come”. (D/C 59:23). Peace may seem elusive in a world where conflict and division are intensifying. But that peace is exactly what our loving Father and His Son have offered to each of us, if we will only receive it.
What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.
I am so very grateful for each of you and for all of your love and support. I love you!