Welp. This week has been a week. I don’t even want to talk about half the stuff that went down, but I suffice it to say that this week has just been a week.
To get to the good parts of this week, Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, the Roberts in the ward were holding a Pre-Thanksgiving Pie Night and so we went there and Sandra was there along with her “fiancé” Mike. So for the first time ever, we finally connected a name to a face and got to meet him. Based upon things we heard in the past, we didn’t really talk about the church at all with him but just talked to him in general just chit-chatting. He is veeeery anti-social. Wouldn’t really talk unless you came to talk to him. But it was good. I think (hope) that night was really good at least on his end and being more open with Sandra going to church and taking the lessons and things like that.
Thursday was of course Thanksgiving. There were loads of people that ended up inviting us over and so since we aren’t necessarily allowed to really proselyte normally in Thanksgiving, we just stopped by different members’ homes. We were well taken care of, that is for sure. Poor Elder Sites was having his first Thanksgiving in the mission and so he had no idea he was going to be feeling as stuffed as he did, haha.
Saturday was really cool because in the afternoon, we went to the Gilbert Temple to see Alexi, Jazlynn, and Alora Arrington get sealed to their parents for eternity. That was really cool to see. That was the first time Elder Sites and I have ever really seen a Sealing Ordinance performed. The ordinance itself was a lot shorter than I expected. Still, it was really awesome! There were a lot of cool things we learned from what the Temple Sealer was teaching before doing the actual ordinance. What’s interesting is that our mission motto has always been, “Find to Teach, Teach to Baptize, Baptize to Seal.” And within a week of being Baptized, we saw, “Baptize to Seal!” Haha! That was quick! It was really neat to see though. The spirit was very much present there and it’s just always great to see the Temple. The last time I saw the Sealing room and waiting room was back during the Open House of the Gilbert Temple so it was nice to see it again.
Now, that’s the sum of the week – at least all the good parts. It’s been very difficult in a lot of other fronts, but I won’t get into that. Thanksgiving has now past and it is now the time for the Christmas season!
So now the church has officially begun their new online Christmas initiative – “A Savior is Born.” As you can imagine, it is a big focus on our efforts much like how “He Is The Gift” was last year – pass-along cards and all. But in the new message, “A Savior Is Born,” it poses a challenge to each and every one of us to discover the “Why.” Why was the Savior born?
To me, I would say that the answer is that the Savior was born for each and every one of us individually. He saw and knew each and every one of us and what we would go through. He knows us by name. And He was born because he saw each and everyone of us and loved us so much that He was willing to be born into a world that would reject him and was willing to suffer more than man could suffer, “that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance” (Alma 7:13) And just as this is the Testimony of Alma of old, this is the Testimony which is in me. Jesus Christ was born and though He did die, He lives today.
I hope that all of you have a wonderful week this week and have a wonderful Christmas time!
Love, Elder Foxx