Monday, December 21, 2015

'Twas the Week Before Christmas.....

Hey family and friends!

Last Monday we had the sisters Christmas activity/surprise birthday party for Sister C! It went really good. :) We played games, sung happy birthday, had snacks & cupcakes, and took silly pictures! Our P day then ended by playing gator ball with other missionaries! We love gator ball. It's a missionary favorite (mostly because it aids in ridding ourselves of the dreaded "Southern Squish") and it's a combination of soccer, football, and tag. We'll be playing gator ball later today!

Tuesday we did lots of finding and had multiple lessons. It was a good day.

Wednesday would have been transfers for us, except Sister Castagno and I got our transfer news last Saturday and found that we'll be staying here at least until February. So Wednesday was just a normal day for us and we did our usual work! We went tracting, had lunch at a Relief Society luncheon, attended a District meeting, and then later in the day went on a team up with a Russian member here and had great success!

Thursday we had a lengthy session of Weekly Planning, then for the rest of the day we focused on in-active and less-active members. It's always interesting to learn that usually people end up going in-active or less-active because they slowly stop doing the little things and their resolve to stay consistent in acting on their faith decreases. Another reason is someone getting offended by someone else at church, and then they stop coming. My mission president has talked about this quite a lot. Imagine you are that person and you're on your death bed and think, "Oh yeah...I sure showed them...I went inactive for 26 years!" What good does it do?   There are of course many other reasons why people go inactive, and it's really sad to see. The Gospel offers so much if you have sincerity and motivation to act on your faith.

Friday was our 10 month mark! We were super excited about celebrating that mark, but it was a little bit of a discouraging day because all of our plans (except for one) fell through, including our dinner appointment! But the one appointment that did go through went really good, and we now can officially say that we have survived 10 months on a mission!

Saturday we had our ward Christmas activity! We had a few less actives and some non members come, and it was really good!

Yesterday was the BEST Sunday I've ever had on my mission thus far! We had three investigators come to church, and one of them brought four of her kids!! Another one set a baptismal date with us; another one we'll be seeing tonight. Everything went really well and we hope they will continue to progress!!

Well, that's our week in report! I wish everyone a joyous season, a Merry Christmas, and may we always give praise to our Heavenly Father for the best gift we've been given---our Savior, Jesus Christ. I love these testimonies from the New Testament Apostles:

(2 Peter 1:16-18)

16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

 17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

 18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

(1 John 1:1-4)

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

 2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

 3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

 4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

Merry Christmas,
Sister Griffith

So close, Alabama. So close.

Sister Castagno and I the day we spent the whole day visiting less-actives!

Thanks mom!

Despite looking adequately large, the road was not wide enough for us to park on. So this is what Sis Castagno restored to. Luckily the less-active we were going to see wasn't home, so it wasn't parked that way for a long amount of time. ;)

I get comedic relief from Alabama's street signs.

I didn't find any ward buildings on this street...

Driving down Memorial Parkway!

On the road

Sister missionary "Ugly Christmas Sweater" party!  Merry Christmas everyone!  :)

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