Sunday, December 14, 2014

Thanksgiving and a Baptisim

This week was great!

On Monday we had dinner with one of the families in the ward, He is in the bishopric, she is in the Relief Society Presidency, but what's more important is that they just had a baby! Little ---. He is so tiny and adorable! :D I can't wait to be able to hold babies again!

On Tuesday we went to Okmulgee, one of the members came out with us for a little bit, that was awesome! We had a lesson with the fantabulous ---s! It was a pretty good day!
On Wednesday we had District Meeting and --- got her baptismal interview!!! We normally do them a week before, but... I almost forgot to schedule it soo... awkward... Anyway, it all worked out. It doesn't have to be a week before, that is just preferred.

Thursday was Thanksgiving! We hung out with the ---- all day! They are this sweet part-member family. Our original plans fell through on Tuesday and Sister --- invited us to spend the day with them and her husband's family. It was a lot of fun. I learned how to play some fun card games (:

Friday we ended up weekly planning. It took most of the day, as always. We were able to go up to Okmulgee and see a couple of people though.

Saturday was ---'s baptism! Hooray! It went really well, she had to be dunked 3 times! But it was good! All that matters is that it was eventually done correctly.

Sister B and I gave talks on Sunday. I talked about "Yes, Lord, I Will Follow Thee" from conference. Sister B talked about love (:

This week we have been focusing on getting into the groove with the He is the Gift 

Jesus Christ truly was the first gift of Christmas. Luke 2:10 it says "And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people." The ancient form of the word gospel translates into "good news," or "good tidings" so the angel could have said "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you the gospel personified." (Elder Holland is really smart...)  The next part of this verse that I love is "which shall be to all people." Or, this is a gift for everyone. When I think of a gift for everyone I think of a big family gift that we all have to share, and the cool thing is, this isn't what the Savior is. It isn't even like a neighbor gift or something where everyone gets the same gift. Through the birth of one baby boy, our Heavenly Father gave each of us a unique, personalized gift. The perfect gift. The one thing we could never live without. He gave us a Savior. But, just like all gifts, it is up to us to use it. We can use this gift every single day to its fullest extent, or, we get put it up on the shelf, let it collect dust and go to waste.

This year, with the He is the Gift video, Heavenly Father, through his prophet Thomas S. Monson has invited us to Discover the Gift, Embrace the Gift, and Share the Gift. If you haven't discovered the gift yet, watch the video and talk to someone who has discovered the gift to learn how to embrace it. If you already have discovered it, find a way to more fully embrace it, I know we can all embrace the gift of the Savior in our lives more, and share it. This is super important. Share the gift with your loved ones who are still searching for the gift. I know that through sharing the gift you will appreciate it more and embrace it more fully.

Sister Fleck♥

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