Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2013

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Hello Festive Fellows,
I have an important announcement to make. After trying one right after the other, I have to say that Five Guys has better burgers than In-and-Out. Five Guys is still my favorite burger.

Anyway, it's been a good week this week. Some fun things have happened. I shall recount an even that happened, but I was not conscious enough to witness it.  Ah hem. The other morning at about 3:00am, Elder Bushman heard a knock on the door. He woke up Elder Taylor to go with him to check it out. Right as Elder Bushman left his room to the living room, he saw a figure walking back out of our apartment towards the door. She stopped, looked at him, then booked it outside with her friend screaming "What!  Some one *expletive* lives here? !". Elder Taylor locked the door, and they both went to bed. Nothing was stolen or moved. Crazy.

It's been hard to meet with people this week, since everyone is out of town for the holidays! We did have a few good lessons with investigators, though. Jesse said he believes in everything!  We just need to make sure that he understands, and eventually gets married to his girlfriend.  Second time in a row coming to church, hopefully next week he will stay the full three hours!
Now that I think about it, Sunday was probably the best day of the week (surprise, surprise). We had three of our investigators at church today, and despite us thinking no one was going to be at church, it was packed! We didn't set up enough chairs in the overflow. Sure, people are out of town, but others are visiting from out of town. So yeah, a whole bunch of people. We ended the day with good lessons to members, and a wonderful dinner.

I wanted to highly recommend Elder Holland’s talk, "Safety in the Soul".   I had a really good spiritual experience reading it.

The message that we have been leaving with members this week has been about blessing Jesus Christ this Christmas. Without all the filler talk, we challenged members to write down a gift that they will give to Christ. It can be reading your scriptures 15 minutes a day, or finding a friend to bring to church. On the back of the December Ensign, Elder Ballard is quoted saying (from the Oct 2013 Conf.) "We are simply asking all members to pray, knowing that if every member, young and old, will reach out to just “one”between now and Christmas, millions will feel the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. And what a wonderful gift to the Savior." It can be anything! We had them put it in an envelope, and put it under the tree. When you "give" that gift, whatever it may be, it will mean a lot more, as it is a gift to the Savior. It's not a goal that you will make and forget about. Since it is going to the Savior, it is going to be the best. The Little Drummer Boy did not give much, but what he did give, it was his best, and it was worth more than the"gold that perisheth". I know the Spirit of CHRISTmas will be better remembered and understood if everyone were to do this. And no, this is not a replacement for a New Year's resolutions. Still do those. :)
I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas! Thanks to everyone who has so far sent me Christmas cards and such!
Love you all!
 Elder Summerhays

P.S. Something we discovered: most generic Christmas cards, at least with an outside setting, have two cardnals in them, and they are usually red and yellowish-orange. We have found about five cards that have followed this pattern.
No idea what it means. Still cool.


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