Washington Week 17 - Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men

It's been a most magical Christmas here in Wenatchee! There was something special about this Christmas season for me. Christmas has become so commercialized. I was lucky to be away from all of that this year and to focus solely on the Savior, and it made Christmastime so much sweeter for me. Last week I said that on Christmas Eve and Christmas we weren't allowed to go out and proselyte, but our mission president told us he wanted to go about doing good. We spent most of our time visiting recent converts, investigators, and less actives. My favorite thing that I got to do (besides skyping my family of course ;)) was Christmas caroling in Leavenworth!

You might remember me talking about Leavenworth a few weeks ago. It's a touristy Bavarian village in our zone. On Christmas Eve, we decided to go up there to Christmas carol, and it was amazing! We just stood on a corner at the park and sang classic Christian Christmas carols. It was crazy because when we started singing, tons of people crowded around us and started taking our pictures and videotaping us. There was something so special about sharing our testimonies of Jesus Christ being born to all those people. The Spirit was so strong. It's something I'll never forget.

After we caroled at the park, we drove to a less active's house. She wasn't home, so we tried the people across the street.

There ended up being about 20 Hispanic people in the house who were so excited when we sang to them. They gave us all tamales! Yummmm!

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Christmas Day was so nice. We had another companionship staying with us last week, so we woke up and all opened our presents together. Afterward we went to the stake center and had a breakfast and white elephant gift exchange with the zone.

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And then we got to watch ...

The Best Two Years.
A classic.

The rest of our day was spent driving around to less actives and skyping the familia ...

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(... and admiring strange icicle formations. They don't have icicles like this in Arizona!)

It's been such a wonderful Christmas and it always makes me sad when it's over! The one positive thing is that hopefully people will have more time to meet with us after the holidays are over.

As Christmas season has come and gone I've reflected a lot on the birth of Christ. When the angel Gabriel and the heavenly host came to the shepherds to testify of the Savior's birth, they said, "Glory to god in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

In Jesus the Christ, James E. Talmage said: 
"Tidings of such import had never before been delivered by angel or received by man—good tidings of great joy, given to but few and those among the humblest of earth, but destined to spread to all people. There is sublime grandeur in the scene, as there is divine authorship in the message, and the climax is such as the mind of man could never have conceived—the sudden appearance of a multitude of the heavenly host, singing audibly to human ears the briefest, most consistent and most truly complete of all the songs of peace ever attuned by mortal or spirit choir. What a consummation to be wished—Peace on earth! But how can such come except through the maintenance of good will toward men? And through what means could glory to God in the highest be more effectively rendered?"

This Christmas season, as I was able to serve other people by sharing messages of Jesus Christ, by delivering money and presents to needy families, by caroling at the square in Leavenworth, by visiting lonely people on Christmas ...

I was able to witness the peace that comes through good will toward men. It's through service that we glorify God, and it's the best gift that we can give Christ as we celebrate His birth.

I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and were able to feel the peace and hope that is available through Christ.

Merry Christmas!

Sister Skousen

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