November 30th, 2015- After Thanksgiving

It was a great week here! Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. Last Monday we went up to Monticello and played some basketball with the other Elders in our zone. It’s fun to wear shorts and play for a bit. For Thanksgiving, we had 2 meals with members of our Branch Presidency. In the morning, we helped serve Thanksgiving dinner to the less-fortunate in the community. It was a great service thing to do! Surprisingly, not many people left the Mesa for the weekend, but Black Friday was crazy. Nobody anywhere could be found.

Anyways, yesterday was our Branch Primary program which consisted of all Blanding children (grand kids of members of our branch presidency). It turned out great! I’ve grown to have a greater appreciation for Primary and the simple principles it teaches. The first song they sang was “I Know That My Savior Loves Me.”

The Christmas initiative put out by the church this year is the “A Savior is Born” video. We watched it Friday in District meeting and it’s super awesome! It’s such a great thing to know that one, Jesus Christ is my Savior. Two, He lives. And three, that he loves me. That is what primary can teach you and unlike most primary programs, the entire congregation sang all the songs. Here’s the first verse to that Primary song:

“A long time ago in a beautiful place,

Children were gathered ’round Jesus.

He blessed and taught as they felt of His love.
Each saw the tears on His face.
The love that He felt for His little ones
I know He feels for me.
I did not touch Him or sit on His knee,
Yet, Jesus is real to me.”

Isn’t that awesome! The number one thing I got from watching “A Savior is Born” is joy! What Joy it is to know that we’re never alone. That’s my thought for this week and I highly encourage watching the video – it’s super uplifting.

Love you all! Here’s the 11th Article of Faith: “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.” There’s a lot of people on the reservation that tell us “I got my religion, you got yours. We both pray to the same Father above.” If it makes them happy, then God’s happy and so we just tell them “Awesome, if ever feel like learning more about Jesus Christ, we’re always down to talk to anyone. May the Lord bless you and have a nice day” (or somewhere along those lines). God truly does love all His children and I’m so grateful to be among those in some humble circumstances.

Thanks for all the letters and mail and happy Christmas season to everyone! Love you all, have a great week!
Elder Jeffrey Woodbury
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