Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas Time

It finally snowed this week! That was very nice! We finally will have a white Christmas, even though today it is starting to melt and get warm. I took a picture, so it counts :) Mirek is doing well, and we focused on finding more joy from reading along with teaching about the plan of salvation. We met with several other people this week, but many of them will not be able to meet again until the beginning of the New Year. This week I spent some time with the Holts helping with some translation as part of their humanitarian responsibilities. It was such a great experience, and brought the spirit of Christmas right into the work that we are doing. We visited a deaf school after the church had funded them for a couple of new facilities. As a way of thanks, all of the kids that were 3 to 5 years old put on a presentation for us of the three little pigs with a Christmas twist at the end where Jezisek (the Czech equivalent of Santa Claus) leaves gifts for the little piggies in the brick house. It was a good week, and as part of the time with the Holts we were able to visit some less actives. One of which, came to church WITH his friend! That was a huge blessing! We are hoping they will actively come to church now even though they leave pretty far outside the city.

My scripture this week comes from Matt 2:

7. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11 ¶And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

There is much that we can learn from the wise men especially of their diligence in seeking the Savior even during their long journey to find him. The Wise Men, like many of us, are seeking the Savior and bringing our gifts and talents with us, and I can promise that we can find him if we continue diligently and hearken to the signs that are presented to us along the way, much like the star guided these wise men.

Have a MERRY Christmas!

Elder Belshe

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