MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!! Well this week was good, as usual. This week was busy too, but with a lot of stuff other than teaching. People are either off island visiting family, have a lot of family on island, or are just way too busy with work. It has been hard to get lessons but it will pick up next month.
So earlier this week was pretty cool. Our branch president’s wife told us about this Christmas Wish that a radio station was doing here. She told us that we needed to email them about a family in our branch named the B’s. We did that and told them the whole story surrounding the B. family. Well R. and E. have 2 grown, unemployed daughters living with them. Each daughter has 4 children that are also living with them ages 2 months to 21 years old. All of them are unemployed, R. and E. cuz they are retired and also the 2 daughters. Anyways they have their electricity cut off frequently, they run completely out of food quite often. The church helps them out a lot, but they were not going to have a good Christmas. R. and E. are just awesome tho, they try so hard to make their grandkids have the best life possible. They are solid in the gospel and converts of just a couple years. Both have health conditions that limit them. I feel bad. Well we emailed them, the next day we called Sister J. in the morning and had her put her phone on speaker phone up to the radio to see if they won, and they did! They called them on the radio, and while they were on the radio Santa showed up to their house with a Christmas tree, and lights, and many presents, and $500 to help with bills, and a new cell phone with a 1 month contract. But it was so cool! We went over and they were all crying. They literally have nothing, they are living in really bad conditions. They have a lot of animals, like chickens and he saves the eggs that he gets and gives them to his neighbors who he says is less fortunate then he is. So generous. He always is looking for ways to serve, he says if you do good, you get good. I believe that is why they won. They got nominated so many times that the radio station said they just had to choose them. IDK who else nominated them but they do have a very good impact on a lot of people even in the situation they are in.
The Christmas devotional that was broadcast from Jamaica on Saturday was good. I know you guys watched it and it was probably freezing up like ours was but it was still good. That was from my chapel in Spanish Town by the way, almost 800 people were there live, plus it was broadcast to like 20 other areas in the mission so it was a good turn-out, and was a great missionary tool just like we hoped it would be :) A couple hundred nonmembers and less actives attended so that was perfect :)
We had our missionary Christmas fireside on Friday, that was good as well.
Saturday we had a Christmas choir concert here. I was in the chior so I'm kind of a big deal :) It was good as well.
Anyways have a Merry Christmas! Do those things to invite Christ into our lives. I think about Mary and Joseph who went from inn to inn and they wouldn't open their doors to Him. Sometimes we do that in our personal lives as well. Make room for Him in our inn, he stands knocking on our hearts, don't pass Him up, let the Savior into our lives. Open our doors, open our hearts, not just a crack, but all the way, especially during this Christmas season.
Love you all! See you on Wednesday!
Love Elder Colton Harris