Dec 28, 2015

9 Weeks....

  So pretty much I just talked to everyone like 3 days ago haha.. It
really was great to see your faces and talk again after 7 1/2 months.
I was thinking about everything i wanted to say and I forgot to say a
lot of things when we talked ha. It's how it goes though I guess when
the limited time is there.

    I really don't have that much to share about last week. We were
really well taken care of for Christmas and we had AMAZING meals.
Every meal there was two sides that Germans never leave out haha.
Unlimited red Cabbage and potatoes and then some kind of meat hahaha.
We had duck and bambie and turkey. It was good :) I will for sure
bring some of the traditions that I have learned here back home. I
really felt like the focus was on Jesus Christ the entire time. Not to
say it wasn't before... But the way the small little branch here came
together and had a meeting on Christmas Eve was the best. They also
eat an amazing meal at 18:00 (Punctual!) on Christmas Eve and read the
Christmas story from Lukas chapter 2 before eating. Then the amazing
part comes... The tradition here to go to church only during Christmas
is incredible. Ha. At 5:30pm Christmas morning most Protestant
church's do a nativity scene. And we went to it! Wow... It was the
best start to the Christmas Day. I seriously was sooo happy after
going to that. They had kids sing and most of the actors and actresses
were young adults.

   I just want to share a thought that I hope will help you all to
start off the new year. I know we always try to set goals and become
better, but there is one thing that we can always become better at...
And it's reading the scriptures, and APPLYING the teachings in our
life. The scriptures are our Liahona in the dark world. There are to
many Korihors or Sherems and King Noah, the news or pornography or
people around us who don't make us better or help us progress in the
gospel. Nephi brothers didn't even help him and without the Liahona do
you really think he would have made it where he landed? We are
surrounded day in and out with things that can slowly bring us down
without us even noticing it. The people that were convinced from
Sherem also stopped reading in the scriptures and the first thing that
helped them to get back on the right path was studying the scriptures.
They are teaching to help us see right from wrong as Moroni says in
Mormon 9:31. That's what helped not only singles out of this entire
group of people, but together they studied and found the peace and joy
that comes from God. I hope we can all study not only on our own, but
in our families so that we can see the greatness of God in our
personal and families just as these people did Jacob 7:23. Let it be
your LIAHONA instead of the voices of the world that don't help us as
much as a Heavenly Father can. Have a great new year! I love you all!

Love, Elder Williams
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