Last Monday, Sister Hynes was super sweet and invited us over for lunch and we helped decorate her tree! It was super fun! Really made it feel like Christmas! On Christmas day we had lunch at the Willards, Skype at the Hynes, and had dinner with Charlie, who made us a giant feast.There were only five of us but he had made so much food, including three pies. I'm pretty much still full! Than we got to go spend time with the Vogel family! It was a green Christmas, besides little patches of snow, a lot different from what I heard everyone back home got. And you thought I would be the one that is frozen. Haha!
Sister Hynes!Finished Decorating the Tree!
Matching Christmas Jammies!
Another great thing happened this week, Charlie's cousin joined us for dinner and than for two lessons where he expressed questions about what happens to us when we die. In the following lesson we talked about the Anti-Nephi-Lehis, After reading the story, we thought about what each of us can "bury as a weapon of war" and than we wrote them down and threw them away and "burried" them in the trash. It was a good lesson :) People this week really opened up to us about various issues and what can be done to help them get back to church, which was amazing!
I feel like this week I have gained a solid testimony on how important home and visiting teaching is! It's an amazing program that helps the ward take care of everyone and make sure that there needs are getting met! I encourage you, that if your not doing it or have forgotten, to start this following year! When we make sure that those we visit are doing well, whither it be spiritually, emotional or temporal or any aspect of of their life- it helps not only them, but ourselves. They need to know that there is someone to turn to they can express feelings and thoughts too. I know that these programs are inspired and that through them we can lift those who are down and strengthen our brothers and sisters.Love you all!Sister RawlingsP.S. Funny moment of the week! So the day after Christmas is called Boxing day..... I had never heard of it, before I came to Canada and neither had Sister Lindquist. So we aske, and our conversation went something like this, "So for boxing day do you guys watch boxing? Do you throw away all the boxes from Christmas? Like what do you do on Boxing Day?" Member's answer,"It's just another day off, so we don't have to go to work. Some people box their Christmas decorations up, but the reality of it is- that it's where everyone goes to the store and buys everything that's on sale from Christmas, it's your equivalent of black Friday."