Thursday, December 26, 2013

Feliz Navidad! From Elder Young( the younger)

Merry Christmas!!

Hope you all are enjoying Christmas break. Thank you so much for all the gifts, letters, and emails sent from home!  I'm happy to hear you all are doing well.  and got to see the Hughes brothers!  I'm really glad Blake and I were able to see that last year.  Did you go to the ward in Branson?  I wear my Branson shirt a lot at morning sports and a lot of Elders ask what that means. :) It gives me a chance to tell them about their instant ward choir and Silver Dollar City during Christmastime.

That's awesome that Elder Young was able to give us a referral all the way from Brazil!  We will give Valder a call soon.  

This week has been good.  It's a lot of fun going caroling while sharing the Gospel.  Instead of knocking we just sing Christmas songs out of the hymn book.  Within a couple weeks, all those we had been teaching either got baptized, stopped keeping commitments, or moved, so this week we did a lot of finding.  We were struggling to find new people to teach, so we decided to try caroling.  Yesterday we fasted for help to find and found 4 new people to teach! Miracles happen.  I know that fasting and prayer work.

The families here in Las Vegas are amazing.  They invite friends over for family evening often.  Our tree is overflowing with presents, cookies, and cinnamon rolls.  

This Tuesday we went to seminary and challenged the youth to share the Gospel with their friends over Christmas break.  It was perfect because the lesson Brother Dahl gave was about missionary work - speaking with the "tongue of angels."  In Luke 2:8-15, it talks about the message the angels delivered to shepherds in the field.  Looking at that story from the perspective of the angel gives it a new light.  What would it be like to be the one chosen to declare "glad tidings of great joy," the greatest news ever given in the history of the universe?  That's the job of a missionary.  Gospel means good news and we have the responsibility to share it.  The good news is that Jesus Christ lives and loves us.  He came to the earth, sent by Heavenly Father, to die for us so that we can live.  He's felt the depths of sorrow and suffering so that we can experience joy in full. 

Every time I read Luke 2:14, I think of the hymn Far, Far Away on Judea's Plains:

Far, far away on Judea's plains,
Shepherds of old heard the joyous strains

Glory to God in the highest;
Peace on earth, goodwill to men!

When the shepherds saw the angel at first they were afraid.  But then the angel was like, "Whoa! Whoa!  Hold on a second.  Of all nights to be afraid, this is not the night.  Unto you a Savior is born!" and then he describes the blessings of peace and joy Christ would bring.

Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, bfeast upon the cwords of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will dtell you all things what ye should do.  Alma 32:3

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and speak with the "tongue of angels." Share the Gospel blessings of peace and joy with others.  Then you can be considered an angel.

Have a good week!  


Elder Young the younger  

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