Monday, December 30, 2013

Week 24: Pies, ripped skirts, and broken plates‏

This week was pretty fun. Sister Marshall and I had the chance to get into the Christmas spirit. We got to help a woman in the ward make Christmas candies and we had the chance to be deliverers of an anonymous gift to a family. We got pie-d in the face at a mission meeting, and Sister Marshall broke a Corelle plate. Yes. She shattered one of the Corelle plates at a member's home. It was hilarious, but then I got payback for laughing when I tripped up the stairs and ripped my skirt. Needless to say, I will be mending that very soon.

We met this amazing couple, Tonia (Toni) and Jason. They have three children and are a really strong Christian family. Toni answered some really awesome questions and it was wonderful to see her expression of understanding. We have an appointment with them this week and I am really excited. Toni and Jason have some LDS friends, so they know a little about the church. But, they agree with a lot of things that we believe!

We had a mission Christmas devotional and that's where we got pie-d in the face. But there was this man named, Keith Handy, who is an archaeologist and he spoke to us about evidences of the Book of Mormon in Meso-America!! How sweet is that?! He talked about symbolism--on the ancient temples and on how the ancient peoples there believed in a descending God who visited them in the Americas. They also have these stories that they have passed down for centuries about these three brothers who lived for hundreds of years and lived among the people there in the Americas!!! Three Nephites anyone? Wowza. It was amazing--the Spirit was so strong.

We were able to meet with Maryanne this week and Linda. Linda came to church and we were able to help her clean out her basement. It was enjoyable. It is so much fun doing stuff for other people! I'd much rather clean someone else's house than my own.

Then there was Kenna. Kenna is a chef and he is a member of a non-denominational church here in the Denver area. He is the kindest man! We met his girlfriend, Liz, too. We had the chance to pray with them and it was amazing. Kenna told us about how he has a strong testimony of prayer. Thirteen years ago, his dad was suffering from lung cancer. He said that his dad was really struggling and in really bad shape, so he prayed and asked God to take his father. That afternoon, his dad passed away. Holy cow! How incredible is that?

Well, I hope all of you enjoy the last bit of your Christmas season. Remember what the Savior has done for you. He loves you and His arms are extended towards all of us. I know that. I know that He was born in Bethlehem more than two thousand years ago. I know that he came to atone for our sins because he loves us.

I love you all! Merry Christmas!

Sister Hardy

The first  picture is of our zone after we went bowling a few weeks back!
The second one is of one one morning we woke up and the trees were all covered in frost!



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