We hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and are enjoying the countdown to Christmas. Our week in Aruba with Marissa and Greg was fantastic and we even found a turkey dinner with most of the traditional trimmings at the hotel. It was delicious and I especially enjoyed the clean up! While Marissa and Greg were visiting, we actually had some much needed relaxation and beach time combined with mission opportunities.
Greg and Marissa were able to go out teaching with us and our missionaries. Dad and Greg each went with a companion and Marissa and I went with the sisters in a foursome. We taught the last lesson before baptism to Ari. Marissa was a great help as she shared her thoughts and testimony in her beautiful Spanish. Ari is from Venezuela and is working in Aruba to support his family back at home. His baptism was the next day and then he was confirmed on Sunday.
Sunday was also the Primary program. The kids did an amazing job and brought the spirit and tears to everyone's eyes. The translator kept saying "I think I am going to cry right now. These little children are so special." It was a great Sunday to be visiting the branch. After church we had to get Marissa and Greg to the airport to make their flight home. It was hard to say goodbye but we were grateful to have them visit.
We have challenged the missionaries in our mission to not just dream of a "White Christmas" but to make it a "White Christmas" as we prepare investigators, dressed in white, to enter the waters of baptism. We have many baptisms scheduled for December and it looks like the forecast is for snow in the Caribbean.
We are grateful for the Christmas season and proud of the generous things that you are doing to bless the lives of others. Thank you for joining the church campaign to Light the World with your Christlike examples. We love and appreciate you so much and declare glad tidings of Christmas joy. A Savior was born and we testify of His reality.