Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! 

There really isn't much to report this week. Mostly all we did was tract all day every day with not much success. President and Sister Wilson came down and did a devotional with us though and thats what I want to share about this week.

President Wilson asked us when we thought the first documented Christmas tree was. After a few guesses he told us to turn to 1 Nephi 8. Any guesses now? .... Yup! Its the tree of life! He then had us turn to 1 Nephi 11: 1-23. When Nephi asked to see the meaning of the tree of life, the first thing he saw was the birth of the Saviour. 

That was my mission president's message to us and now its my message to you. The reason we celebrate this season is to remember the birth of Jesus Christ and all the incredible things he has done for us. This, like the fruit of the Tree of Life in Lehi's dream, will bring us joy to the soul. The knowledge we have of the Saviour is the most precious and desirable thing we could ever obtain. We should take the time this season to share that joy with others. That is the best you could ever give. So amid the trees and the presents and the letters to Santa, take time to remember your older Brother who has always, and will always be there for you. 

I know that Jesus Christ really was born on Earth. I know that He loves us all. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His church here on earth. I know that if we focus on the real meaning for this Christmas season, we will be able to feel the love that Christ has for us.

Merry Christmas once again! I hope its a great day for everyone! And I'll talk to you so soon!!!

Lots of love, 

Sister Chelsea Gehring

Awkward family photo next to the Christmas tree. (lips are courtesy of Sister Anderson's mom)

All the South African Sisters! Sister Twongeirwe, Sister Gillis, Me, Sister Clifford, Sister Anderson

Africa has the best sunsets!

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