This last week was a hair-puller! Many things
fell, many people avoided us, and we lost many investigators. Still, I
have hope for the next week and I know that the Lord will provide.
Minor setbacks are nothing! =)
Merry Christmas! I hope the joy of the season is bright in your
hearts and faces. I love Christmas! Admittedly, growing up I didn't
comprehend the reason for the season--I was selfish! I liked presents.
Sure, I understood the story of Christmas and Christ's birth, but it
was secondary to the joy I received from presents. How silly that
thought is! The "Christmas Story" is so much more than simply that--a
story. It's surpassed in importance by only one other event in the
history of the world--and that's the Resurrection of Christ. What a
blessing it is to have a time of the year devoted to the birth of our
Savior and King. So, to me, the question comes: How can we remember
Him correctly? I think it comes from doing what he would do were He
here. Charity and Christmas go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly. I
invite everyone to look around for the next week and find some little,
charitable act that everyone else is neglecting and to do it! The
Christmas Spirit is the Spirit of Christ--and that's charity and love.
Hipólito will be baptized for sure on the 29th and we're all
ecstatic for him! He's such a changed man and I'm so impressed with
him. Alex and Adilson (two young men who we've been sitting with) have
accepted a baptismal date for the 26th of January. Please keep them in
your prayers--they're worried about "the responsibility of baptism" even
though they're already keeping all of the commandments! I think
they're just worried about taking such a large step. Still, I trust
that they'll make it and that the Lord will bless them immensely.
Mom, Elder Wilhelm and I have enjoyed watching the Christmas scripture chain wind down. Thanks!
I love you all and wish you the best for the end of this year. Tomorrow, I'll speak to a great portion of you!
Elder Cody R. Eckman