Monday, December 19, 2016

Vrolijk kerst! De kerst tijd is al gekomen! Merry Christmas

Vrolijk kerst! De kerst tijd is al gekomen! Ik kan me niet voorstellen hoe snel alles is gegaan!

Merry Christmas everyone! The Christmas season is flying by. I just seems like yesterday that we were celebrating Thanksgiving, and now we're nearing the end of the year.

Our primary focus this week was to find new investigators. We didn't have too many progressing investigators so we really worked to find some more. A lot of people are busy during the Christmas season so it was a bit difficult to find people. Towards the end of the week however we were able to find some really cool investigators. We found this young couple as we were contacting in one area. They talked to us about how they always see us biking around in the area. The wife thought we were Jehovah's Witnesses which is something we get a lot in Suriname. As we got talking with the husband, he was telling us about how he saw me and Elder Fleming biking home the other day in the pouring rain. He then told us that he told himself, "what ever message it is that they share, it sure must be important". It's nice to hear someone else complement you after an experience like that. People notice things that we do, even when they don't realize it. It may open their heart to hear the restored gospel.

We've been teaching this family, called the Dolaini family. We've been having a lot of success with them. We've been teaching them for several weeks now. We've been having awesome lessons with them. They're all so willing to learn. We were able to get two of them, Stephen and Luciel to the Branch Christmas party this past week. We were then able to introduce them to some of the members. That really helped them come to church as well. They're asking the right questions and are catching on to the lessons really well. We were shooting for the end of December as a baptismal date for them but it looks like we'll have to push it into January. They're progressing really well though. We're really excited for them.

We all have the wonderful chance to celebrate the Christmas season every year. It's a special moment that we all have to reboot and recommit to becoming more like the Savior. Just like in the Church's campaign, it is through the example of our Savior that we truly can light the World. My personal favorite prophesy of the coming of Christ is in 2 Nephi 19:6 For unto us child is born, unto us son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty GodThe Everlasting FatherThe Prince of Peace.
Approaching December 25th gives us the chance to see what we can do to make the Savior more central in our lives. As we all do this, it will rekindle those precious moments we have each experienced in building our testimony of the divinity of Jesus Christ.

Ik wens jullie allemal een gelukkig Kerstfeest!

Ik hou van jullie!!! Vrolijk Kerst!!

Elder Hunt

Branch Christmas Party

homemade snowballs

pet birds they see everywhere

Hanging out with the monkeys

Birthday gifts

Beautiful sunsets

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