Tuesday, December 27, 2016

December 26, 2017: Merry Christmas ! メリークリスマス🎁🎄🎅

Merry Christmas everyone!  Christmas Day was a blast here.  Went caroling, shared a bunch of candy to less actives and investigators, and just have a good time!  I know everyone at home is celebrating right now and i hope you have a safe and Merry Christmas!

Just a little announcement, on the 21st of February Elder Holland is coming to the mission and we are having an special conference!!!  :):)) On Tuesday, we had the special Christmas Zone Conference in Sendai.

The District and I did a pretty well done nativity scene with a little Japanese twist on it.  I was Joseph and during the part were he is searching for an inn, I got rejected in Japanese.  Some of the inn keepers told me that I couldn't stay because they were Bukyou(buddist).  It was very funny.  However, on a serious note, during the nativity I started to feel how humble of a birth the savior of the world had.  Not a palace, a mansion, high rise, or even a hospital but a manger.  A manger for the redeemer and the savior of the world.  Jesus Christ came to this earth and lived for us.  We then went home, then back to the church and taught the Sato family.   The mom is a self referral and wants to have her 7, 5, and 3 year old learn about Christianity and God.  Its been a blast teaching them and we have so much fun with them.

Also had a eikaiwa party were I got to be Santa Claus and give out tons of gifts to kids:). That day too, while riding the train, we talked to this kid who is in high school who was wondering about a world after we die and I taught and testified about the great plan of happiness and how we can all have happiness in this world even tough we have hard and challenging times.  He got way excited to learn that in the next life he could meet his ancestors again.  But he didn't exchange contact info so it's all up to God at this point!

This week Elder Davies and I didnt teach very many people but were able to share the Christmas joy.  We got a ton of little presents from the mission home and we went around all week sharing the joy of Christmas and giving these little packages of candy.  Even though we are called to teach, we still accomplished our purpose of bring people unto Christ by helping them feel the joy and comfort of Christmas.

It has been a great Christmas season and now its time for awesome New Year season in Japan!!  Way excited:)


Elder Halverson


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