Another excellent week in Braga:) The weather’s been great, and everyone is getting ready for Christmas. The Christmas decorations in the city center are beautiful. The only rotten thing about this time of year here is that there’s constantly smoke in the air; because all of the apartments here have fire places. So after a day of working we always come home smelling like smoke.
We are preparing for our Ward Christmas Party; which is this upcoming week. We will probably do a musical number and we’ll also be a part of a play put on by the relief society. It should be fun. Christmas in Portugal is so pretty. All of our contacts are about Christmas.
Actually, it’s been really neat to think about Christmas as a missionary. I’ve been thinking a lot about how, yes, it’s true that we should think about Christ every day of the year; but something about Christmas is really special. A member here put it like this: “Christmas is a special time of year because normally the world is an Antichrist; but during the time of Christmas, in many ways, the world becomes more Christ like. People are kinder to each other, there is more cheer and charity in the air.” For me, as a disciple of Christ, it is a tender mercy from the Lord.
From my favorite Christmas hymn, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”
There is no peace on earth I said
For hate is strong that mocks the song
Of peace on earth goodwill to men
God is not dead nor doubt He sleeps
The wrong shall fail the right prevail
With peace on earth goodwill to men
I feel this way every time I think of the Savior’s birth, life, death, and resurrection. As a missionary, I have the unique privilege to be one of these Christmas bells that proclaim the good news that “God is not dead nor doth he sleep.” People are feeling more and more despair in these perilous times.
Thank you so much for all of your prayers for Pedro and my other investigators. Please pray for our investigator, Eliane. We really want to help her come to church this week.