December 14th, 2015-It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas in White Mesa

Sweet, so these past 6 weeks have gone by super quick. We got transfer news on Saturday and I’ll be with Elder Rigby in White Mesa for another 6 weeks. Of the current Utah Zone missionaries, I’ve been in the zone the longest – which is kind of scary to think about.

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Last Monday, we stayed in Blanding and played some basketball and volleyball. We also had a birthday party for one of the Blanding elders which was really fun.
So, we had a lesson with the kids on the reservation, Riley and Bryden, on Saturday and they’re always interesting to teach. It takes a lot of patience and diligence in teaching them. The biggest thing with them is helping them learn more about Christ since they have never had any religion in their lives. We watched the “A Savior is Born” video with them and talked about how Jesus Christ is their Savior. One thing that really hit home with them was them understanding that just as Jesus Christ is the Son of God, they are also sons of God. Sometimes, we overlook the simple fact that we’re all sons and daughters of God. When they learned of this simple truth, both of them were like “So, that means Jesus is our Brother, right?” Both Elder Rigby and I are like “Yeah! And you get to celebrate his birth every Christmas! Isn’t that awesome?!” One thing that I’ve learned while teaching is that although you may teach someone a principle, they may not understand it until later.
Although the Christmas devotional was last week, I want to say that I loved it. I especially appreciated Elder Bednar’s talk on preparing and waiting for the Savior to be born. Jesus truly is the Light of the world by bringing everyone hope, peace, and joy. It’s definitely a season of happiness and I’m always glad to share happiness with those in the little community of White Mesa. Thanks for all of the support and mail.
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Here’s the 13th and final Article of Faith: “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent,virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things,and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” I love that Joseph Smith included this in the essential core beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I wholeheartedly agree that doing good to all men is something each of us should strive for each day. I’m so grateful to have grown up in the Church and to know the simple truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And I’m happy to be helping others come to the joy that I’ve found. Thanks for all the help each day! Love you all! Have a great week!
Elder Jeffrey Woodbury
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