|Beautiful Temple Square at Christmastime!|
With all the Christmas lights that are on and so many members coming with family and friends we meet some great people and hear some great stories too! Sister Hernandez and I try to meet as many return missionaries as we can see. We do this because we love having them go through their planners from their missions, and then let us call all those that they had to drop or lost contact with. It's AWESOME!!! I have been able to get in touch with a return missionaries contacts in New Zealand. With the large time difference it is difficult, but we make the best of it. Also, Sister Hernandez has a friend that is serving in Texas, so whomever she drops, she gives us their information so that we can call them, find out what happened, and try to get them to meet with the missionaries again. We are so busy calling and teaching people that it's hard to get time in to find more people to teach. Sometimes there are days that fly by and we talk to so many amazing people and wish we had more time, but there there are still other days that make it a little more difficult and we wish time would go by faster. No matter what, we all know that the work that we are doing is going to help them progress. We have since met return missionaries from , and Johannesburg (where the elders from my MTC district are now serving) and we will be calling them back to find more people that we can call.
Just a few days ago I also ran into some old friends from my ward back in Idaho, Taylor and Kelli-with Taylor's family (they're from Woodland, CA). Taylor has a brother that just recently got back from his mission and he is still in missionary mode and wants to reach out to everyone and help us call as many people as he knows. He gave us just about everyone's number in his phone that isn't a member, and he said that he is even going to go through his planners and will have more when I follow up with him to let him know how it went with everyone else. Return missionaries are great...and that means you too dad!
Well I better get going! And can I say that I am so excited to talk to you all ! WAHOO!!!!
Love you and Merry Christmas!
Sister Alexandra Teerlink
Our phone conversation was a brief 45 minutes, but we loved hearing her voice and feeling the joy jumping off the phone line. It served as a great reminder of Mosiah's words that, "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God." No greater call, really.