We also had a special zone conference on December 8th. Since Megan is now in our zone it was really awesome to be able to share this spiritual meeting with her.
She was asked to play the prelude and postlude music and also accompany for the hymns sung and a vocal solo sung by her companion. We enjoyed seeing the mission video at this zone conference and also many wonderful talks and testimonies. The Christmas initiative "A Savior Is Born" was also discussed. The initiative involves an internet website that is amazingly good at bringing the true spirit of Christmas into the season. The web address is christmas.mormon.org. We highly recommend making it a part of Christmas.
Another unforgettable Christmas season memory was the baptism of Nick. He is such a nice man and so anxious to be of service in the church. He bore his testimony at the end of the baptismal service and he made an interesting comment. He said, "I put the missionaries to the test as I wanted to see if they would live the principles they taught. When they showed they lived what they were teaching I took a new interest in their message." Nick was referred by his neighbor, Debbie, who is a member. She is a great member missionary! Elders Simmons and Howard were able to assist with the baptism and confirmation. They along with Elder Gille who has been transferred were wonderful examples for Nick.
I also had the time of my life at the first of the month recycling a little Christmas tree for our apartment. A member was throwing it and some Christmas ornaments away because the birds had eaten red coating off the artificial berries on the tree. My eyes lit up when I saw it. I snatched it right up and had Elder Butler put it in the car trunk. I did a little resurrecting work at home and.... I think it is the best tree that I have ever decorated! We also have a few special decorations that were sent to us last year. They have helped make a festive little corner in our apartment!!! Merry Christmas!!!
I also forgot to include info about a great P-day that we were able to spend with Sister Welch and Sister Wall during this month. We did Christmas shopping in the "Strip District" and had lunch at a really good Mexican restaurant there. We
We ended up going downtown for a quick trip to Market Square where they have an awesome Christmas tree with an ice skating rink around it. There is also a German Christmas village set up with many booths of unique Christmas gifts being sold.
We ended our day by taking some great pictures of the two cute sister missionaries in front of the tree. The tree looked so great with the PPG (Pittsburgh Plate Glass) buildings in the background. But of course, we think the girls in front were the highlight of the picture!
A Savior was born to bring light into the world!!