Christmas in Texas

“Well my week was pretty good, cold, but good and full of the spirit. We went on a companion exchange yesterday, I went with one of the elders in the District Leader’s trio, so Elder Christensen was my companion for a day and Elder Barnette went with them for the day. That was pretty fun, lots of biking, I ate it pretty hard last night on my bike, went to fix my side bag as it was starting to get caught on my back tire, the bike slid out from under me, I over corrected and ended up flipped over on the pavement. Surprisingly I am unhurt, not even bruised, and my coat is not ripped up.
               The Christmas devotional was amazing, we watched the movie How Great a Treasure on the Book of Mormon. Then president Ames and Sister Ames gave talks, hers was on how miracles are demonstrations of faith, and President kind of continued that talk but also had an Elder read a Christmas story he put together of only scriptures. It was really cool because it started way before Christ’s birth, in the premortal life, how we choose to follow him, and how we defeated Satan so we rejoice, so angels rejoice at the birth of our Savior our Lord. It was a different perspective on why and greater magnified how important Christ’s birth was for all of mankind. After the talks we were handed white large envelopes in which had letters from you, thank you so much for these letters, they really meant a lot to me and reminded me how much I love you, and all of you.
                   Now to answer your big question… Last week president Ames said we can have a phone call to our families, about 30-45 minutes long on Christmas. So our phone number starts with an 817, not a sales call, a Texas area code. He also said to remind our families to delete the numbers after the call. My companion is going to call his family at 8 Texas time so the best for me to call you guys would be 7 Texas Dallas area time. I don’t know if that is an hour or two ahead of California. Make sure that everything else you want to do, setup for the call, joint call with other people is figured out before the call, etc., Elder Barnette was telling me how last year his family spent about 15 minutes trying to set up a joint call with other family and hadn’t practiced how to earlier, so it just burnt away his time. I cant wait to call you guys and hear your voices again!
Have a merry Christmas to all of you, remember this time to recognize with greater love our Savior Jesus Christ, and why that is so important to us, why families are so important, why we call him Hermano Mayor. Take care and have a Merry Christmas!”
 
Selfie

Selfie

 

me, my companion, and one of the bishopric counselors we were helping set up for a nativity play on saturday that was really cool, really inclusive, lots of cast who were rehearsed and not extras... and I forgot my camera

me, my companion, and one of the bishopric counselors we were helping set up for a nativity play on saturday that was really cool, really inclusive, lots of cast who were rehearsed and not extras… and I forgot my camera

 

And we made about 500 tamales for dinner during the nativity play

And we made about 500 tamales for dinner during the nativity play

 

This is his (president Ames) Christmas story, I really enjoy it and thought i would share it with all of you
 
The Full Christmas Story:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
(John 1:1-4)
22 Now the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the intelligences that were organized before the world was; and among all these there were many of the noble and great ones; 23 And God saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of them, and he said: These I will make my rulers; for he stood among those that were spirits, and he saw that they were good; and he said unto me: Abraham, thou art one of them; thou wast chosen before thou wast born. 24 And there stood one among them that was like unto God , and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell; 25 And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them; (Abraham 3:22-25)
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Revelation 12:7-11)
26 ¶And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:26-28)
25 Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy. (2 Nephi 2:25)
6 And after many days an angel of the Lord appeared unto Adam, saying: Why dost thou offer sacrifices unto the Lord? And Adam said unto him: I know not, save the Lord commanded me. 7 And then the angel spake, saying: This thing is a similitude of the sacrifice of the Only Begotten of the Father, which is full of grace and truth. (Moses 5:6-7)
13 And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the great city of Jerusalem, and also other cities. And I beheld the city of Nazareth; and in the city of Nazareth I beheld a virgin, and she was exceedingly fair and white. 14 And it came to pass that I saw the heavens open; and an angel came down and stood before me; and he said unto me: Nephi, what beholdest thou? 15 And I said unto him: A virgin, most beautiful and fair above all other virgins. 16 And he said unto me: Knowest thou the condescension of God? 17 And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things. 18 And he said unto me: Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh. 19 And it came to pass that I beheld that she was carried away in the Spirit; and after she had been carried away in the Spirit for the space of a time the angel spake unto me, saying: Look! 20 And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms. 21 And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw? 22 And I answered him, saying: Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things. 23 And he spake unto me, saying: Yea, and the most joyous to the soul. (1 Nephi 11:13-23)
14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a Virgin shall conceive,and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. (Luke 2:1-20)
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. (Luke 2:42-52)
23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, (Luke 3:23)
16 ¶And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, (Luke 4:16-18)
32 Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God. (Moroni 10:32)

 

 

 

 

 

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