Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

And you thought I was through telling you about our Christmas month!
We are looking forward to January with new goals, zone conferences, new missionaries, trip to the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan Temple, baptisms and more!
I tried to talk Jon into going to Time Square to watch the ball drop and he looked at me and thought I was crazy.  “I am not going there with one million people.  I watched the fireworks through the trees over the Hudson River, blew horns and yelled “Happy New Year!”  Had our New Year Kiss and then hit the bed exhausted.  But that is what we do every night!  Maybe this year will be different.  HA!  It has been great fun to see the Missionaries wearing ties donated by my family and Jon’s family this week.  We signed many a tie.  I guess that is what they like to do.  The scarves have been fun to see on sweaters, around coats and even tied in the sister’s hair.  Josh’s wife, Kellie, made all the sisters beautiful silk flowers that we have seen in their hair and on the lapels of their jackets. It is great that sisters can now wear color and accessories.  Some of the sisters have decided to wear a little makeup after our talk on being feminine and they have been helping each other shop and fix their hair.  All in all, our Sister’s Conference was very special in having the feminine side all together.  Thank you to everyone who helped our missionaries have a great Christmas. 
         One of the miracles this week:  Elder Wootton told us of  a lady who stopped them a month ago on the street and said that she is a member.  She has been in New Jersey for a year and has never found the church!  They gave her the address and their number.  She told them that her husband wasn’t a member but they were going to fix that.  They neglected to get her information for some reason.  She never showed up to church and she was lost to them.  But on Tuesday this week Elder High said a prayer to find her that Elder Wootton did not know about.   The next day Elder Wootton said a prayer that they would find her that Elder High did not know about.  That night their appointment fell through and they were thinking of what to do.  Looking across the street there was a restaurant that had just opened so they decided to try it even though they both were not too hungry.  As they were ordering their food they recognized the cashier as the member they had lost!  God had answered their prayers!  We have been blessed with stories like this every week.  It is amazing.   Well Happy New 2012 to all of you!  Come and visit us this year.  You will love New Jersey!  It is a fun, unique adventure!

H appiness depends upon your outlook on life
A ttitude is just as important as ability
P assion for missionary work brings joy and love
P reach My Gospel Manuel is for Everyone
Y ou are unique, with special gifts, use them

N ew beginnings with a New year
E nthusiasm a true secret of success
Wishes may they turn into goals

Y ou can open your mouth and share the gospel
E nergy, may you have lots of it
A ppreciation of life, don’t take it for granted
R emember why and who we serve, the Savior           

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