The Bletchley ward and the Milton Keynes ward had their Christmas Truce carol concert last evening and it was fantastic! Me and Elder Judy even got to meet the Mayor! On Thursday we went down to London to have our Christmas conference! The training's on developing Christ-like attributes and the Atonement were great. It's very important that our investigators understand the Atonement and how Jesus Christ is our Savior. I think I've gotten better at teaching it now. We played our white elephant game, where everybody brings their "white elephant" - which is normally a gift that doesn't cost too much and it can be ridiculous (Elder Judy made a vegetable necklace last year). Sister Jordan read out a story and every time she said "left" or "right" we would have to move our gift to the person next to us. Elder Judy ended up with an origami kit and I got some nice colour pens and erasers. The gifts we gave out were the best in my opinion. We went to B&M and got 2 gifts. Elder Judy picked the Slam Dunk game, where you play whilst on the toilet and I got the head basketball game. President Jordan held up the Slam Dunk game and showed everyone the picture - it was hilarious!
We have a new investigator - L. We met him on Saturday night and he let us come inside his house to share a Christmas message with him. He's 73 and he's very polite and friendly. We even got him to church the next day and he enjoyed watching the First Presidency's Christmas Devotional. We're planning to meet him soon, most likely after Christmas because he's going to Derby to spend time with family. Unfortunately, N still hasn't come to church and blames it on her illness. We believe there is another concern and it could be her family...
The Milton Keynes Elders had a baptism on Saturday, who had an amazing conversion story. He used to be Muslim and was getting a very hard time from his wife in Pakistan about joining our church. He talked to President Jordan and was told not to get baptised, because of this conflict in his relationship. He was planning to go through a divorce, but he received answers to his prayers and miracles occurred. I taught him once with Elder Palmer about families from A Proclamation to the World and before this he was praying that the missionaries would teach him about families! At the end he and his wife fixed their relationship and she gave him consent for baptism. The gospel of Jesus Christ is truly amazing and the Lord will always provide a way for us to keep his commandments.
I hope all of you have a Merry Christmas! Always remember the Savior and his Atonement and everyday can be Christmas. Share the gift of Christmas to everyone and I know Heavenly Father will bless you.
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|A new convert and I|
|Mayor of Milton Keynes|