Hello everyone, it turns out I won't be home for Christmas, you can count on me, unless I do something really goofy in the next two weeks. But I'm guessing that that's one present my family would not be happy with. Don't worry, I'll keep my nose clean.
This week: it's been a good one. We've had a record number of investigators take us out to dinner, which we see as a sign that they trust us enough that they'll feed us with their cooking. Actually, the husband of someone we're teaching is a chef by profession, so that was a pretty legit dinner. According to him, all of the restaurants around here are not even remotely authentic, mostly because the people that are chefs here used to be teachers or something else in China. So if you want Chinese food, go to China, or talk to our investigators.
This past week we also had our annual Yale Branch Christmas Party, something that reminded me just how amazing our little branch here is. There were many, many nonmembers there and tons of fellowshipping was going on. I got drafted into playing Melchior, King of the East Number Two for the Christmas program, and the good news is that our people that are investigating the Church are still interested after hearing the performance.
There's been a lot of emphasis lately in the mission about asking for referrals. Sometimes as missionaries we just kind of tack it onto the end as something as a last hope that we already know what the answer is: "Do you know anyone that is interested in this message?" "Of course not, bye." We talked about asking inspired questions, like "Whom do you know that is really struggling in life right now?'' The cool thing was that when we really tried this out, it really worked. One lady was not very interested at all, but when Elder Haviland asked her as question very much like this, she thought very hard and then gave us three people to go visit. It's times like these when I wish I was a junior companion again so I could just learn from the best and not have to struggle and make mistakes and....simply not be human. I guess that's what we all learn in the end - we're all going to make mistakes and struggle, but that's what a loving Heavenly Father puts us through to help us grow. I am grateful for Jesus Christ and His perfect atonement he wrought for us so that we do have the possibility of repentance and improvement when we correctly exercise our agency and turn to Him, our Savior. It's a joy to share His gospel with the world. This work is true, have a great week everyone.
- E W
Photos members posted on Facebook of their Christmas party (he may hate me forever for the Melchior one!):