I hope you all are gearing up for Christmas quite nicely! The funny thing in Vegas is that there is no snow, yet everyone plays songs like "White Christmas". It's probably cause most of the members here are from Utah. Go figure.
My week has been really good! We found 3 new people to teach this week! One of those is a young single woman with a new born daughter. The cool part? We accidentally found her! We were looking for someone in our potential investigators list that had apparently been contacted 4 years ago. We got there, and this woman answered the door, telling us that she had only lived there since April. She invited us to come back the next day, in which appointment we taught her the first lesson and set her with a baptismal date sometime in January! She seems to understand what we are teaching her really well! We are pretty excited for her!
The zone is still chugging along. It seems like excitement has died down among the missionaries a little bit, but Elder Carreño and I have really been picking up steam! Hopefully we can get everything happen a little quicker! As a zone, we had 2 baptisms this past week, both of which came from some really young companionships which was good to see!
Sunday was crazy as usual! We went around all day from meeting to meeting! We happily saw 3 of our investigators at church. Andy came, and instead of taking him to Gospel Principles, we did a one-on-one lesson with him. He admitted to us that he didn't believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that the Book of Mormon was true, although he said that he noticed that his marriage has improved and that he feels very peaceful at the church. You would think that he would have noticed by now, right? We're still working on him. A member of the missionary department suggested that we get him a calling even though he isn't a member and give him opportunities to do missionary work himself! It was a really interesting idea!
I really loved Elder Bednar's talk from the First Presidency Christmas devotional yesterday! I loved how he tied in the Christmas story as found in the Book of Mormon. That was really inspiring to me to imagine what it would have been like to have been a teenager during the period of time throughout 3 Nephi! I really would like to have been there when Christ visited the people! Since Christ is the light as Elder Bednar said, we owe it to Him to be a magnifying glass so that people can feel that light!
Have a great week!