Week 77

Hello beautiful people,
If I could describe the week in two words, it would be f r e e z i n g, yet fun.

Last week for Pday we went bowling as a district, and this week we are set to go trampolining. The best part is that we are indoors as I am not a fan of the winter elements.

Anyway, this week we attended a special Zone Conference with General Authority, Elder De Feo. Although I detested waking up at 4 in the morning, I was able to be treated by my companion with a Costa Christmas Hot Chocolate, and I appreciated that it was held in the blessed land of Crewe. Also, it was a great opportunity to see my friends in the mission. Don’t worry, I’ll see them again at the Christmas party – it wasn’t the official goodbye.

Apart from that, I don’t have much to report on, except that this is all coming to an end so quickly.

We are officially on the countdown to Christmas, (or Sister Turnbull’s return).

However, don’t be blinded by the lights, tinsel, and ribbons. There are people that find this time of year incredibly difficult. There is an excessive commercialisation on Christmas, with the focus on gifts and social activities. For some, it can be a time of self-reflection and rumination about the inadequacies of life and comparison becomes the thief of happiness. There are people who become anxious as they may not be able to afford to spend a lot of money or the means to support their family, they are unemployed, perhaps they feel lonely as they don’t have any family or have recently experienced the death of a loved one or maybe they are suffering from an illness. Whatever the case, there is light in the darkness; the ultimate gift, Jesus Christ.

John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Christmas is a time for family and giving, however, why not give something priceless yet of eternal value.

Mosiah 16:9 He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death.

By following His teachings, we let His light shine – in our lives and in the lives of others. It is an opportunity to learn of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, but to also become as He by serving our fellowmen.

Isaiah 60:19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

Each Christmas, we celebrate the life of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has a campaign to help us remember the true meaning of this day. As we follow his example, we can make a difference in our own lives and in the lives of others. I ask you to think, What would Christ do ? 

If you are short on ideas, there is an advent calendar that provides 25 ways, over 25 days of ideas to help #LightTheWorld


Much love,
Sister Turnbull



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