Saturday, December 28, 2013

EVERYTHING GOOD ABOUT CHRISTMAS...

My goodness, this will be one of the most memorable Christmases I've ever had. I have felt the holiday spirit more than ever. We looked for every opportunity to serve and help and make other people's day brighter and it just ended up making our season the brightest.
We bought food at the grocery for a bunch of people in the area and our cart was packed and while standing in the check out line, I heard two people behind me gossiping in a different language-- "Those rich foreigners just buy whatever they want, just anytime, living a comfortable lifestyle..." Then I turned to them and told them to put their food with mine, and we paid for all of their groceries, and said "Merry Christmas!" They were giddy and laughing nervously and thanking us profusely. Haha the best.
Then we went out and passed out baskets of oranges and apples and ham and soft drinks. I wish you could have seen their faces. One woman just looked up to the sky and said "thank you! thank you!" She understood where it really came from.
Last night, Christmas night, we took our Ukulele out and stood on a busy corner and caroled Christmas hymns, and we had so many people stop and take pictures. Then we walked through the neighborhoods and people came out of their homes, mothers with babies on hip, and dads in their pajamas, smiling and singing along. We handed out candy to everyone walking by, oh man I'll never forget it.
The best part of the day was the baptism service. Our investigator, Reymund was baptized. he was smiling so big the whole time. After I baptized him, I asked "How do you feel??" and he turned to a mirror and said "Happiest I've ever been!" ah man. I love the gospel culture. I love our Savior, Jesus Christ. I love having a testimony of His restored gospel. I can't imagine life without this peace and happiness.
I love you all and hope you have a "snappy happy new year"
Love,
Elder Mahaffey