Monday, December 30, 2013

Great Christmas week!

This week of Christmas was amazing here in Malang! It was so awesome to have the opportunity to just focus on the Savior and others during Christmas time. On Christmas eve we made a bunch of huge bags filled with rice, noodles, and other food and we went around and took them to members and less active members who really don't have much at all. We also sang Silent Night to each of them. That was such an awesome experience. So many of them just started crying, they were so grateful. I love these people so much, they hardly have anything, but they are so happy, kind and humble! The members here are so strong and they truly put the Savior first in their lives and it blesses them! We also got to watch the Christmas devotional and it was so good!! The whole time I was watching Elder Nelsons talk on the Savior and how we can find peace through Him I was thinking about one of our investigators, Ibu Diah. He taught us how to care about others more than we care about ourselves. He taught us about mercy and kindness—making real changes in our lives through His power. He taught us how to find peace of heart and mind. I felt like that talk was specifically for her, she has a lot of struggles in her life and her husband recently passing away is one of them. Yesterday at church they showed the christmas devotional to everyone and the day before we had invited Ibu Diah to come...she came, but she was really late and missed the whole thing, we were so sad! I figured out a way to get it on my flash drive though so we are going to watch it with her this week!! It has been so cool to see a change in her as we have taught her just 3 lessons. When we first met her she was so sad and the gospel has brought happiness into her life! Last week we invited her to be baptized and she wants to be baptized! January 19th!! We are so excited for her. Daniel is still awesome!! The branch loves him! He comes to all the activities and he even sat in on a lesson we were teaching at the church with a new investigator and gave an amazing testimony of how he received a testimony of the Book of Mormon! He's already being a missionary! We are all so excited for his baptism in a couple weeks!! Also, after church we had a branch meeting and they gave us the goal of 4 baptisms for all of next year...what?! I said that in the month of January us 6 missionaries (2 Elders and 2 sets of Sisters) would have the 4! I think the branch is getting more excited about missionary work and it's awesome! Suddenly for this coming week 4 members invited us over to their house and up until now we haven't even really been invited to any! The work is picking up! Everything is still awesome! It is amazing to see what can happen if we put all our trust in the Lord and let him work through us! I love this gospel and I love the Savior. There is nothing better than seeing the change that can come into peoples lives as they grow closer to him and choose to follow him. I love it! And I love my fam! Skying on Christmas was the best!!! I have the best family ever :). And HAPPY BIRTHDAY REGS!!! I love you!!
Sister Reilly

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