District white elephant gift exchange
Rashauna's Christmas from friends & family afar, as well as friends in Greeley
Necklace Rashauna received from the Santa for Christmas
Rashauna's view of Skyping with family in Grass Valley
Rashauna's view of Skyping with family in Tennessee
Rashauna's view of Skyping with the Skaggs who were in San Diego
Thank you so much for everything!!! Cards, packages, pictures, gifts, food, conference talks, SCARVES!!! (I really do love all of them, ha-ha. I've worn several already). I felt so loved from all angles. From here, home, and elsewhere. It really was a wonderful Christmas thanks to the opportunity I had to Skype with you (the family) and thanks for your prayers. We spent Christmas visiting C, our recent convert family, the Adamsons, and the Buss's. We were able to watch movies (that we received permission to watch from our mission president) on Christmas Eve and Christmas so Sister Tafengatoto and I (with the permission of Grandma and Grandpa Buss) hosted a movie night both nights. We had 12 missionaries in their basement watching Monster's University, Megamind, and Tangled. It was great ha-ha. It felt really nice to relax and just kick back. It was kinda hard to face reality again after Christmas, but Heavenly Father has truly blessed us with so much work. We continue to visit R daily. We had the opportunity to teach his Grandson, B, one night this week as well. They are all reading the Book of Mormon and enjoying it.
We had a trainers meeting on Friday (a meeting for all trainers and new missionaries). Each new missionary stood up and shared their favorite thing about their trainer and a miracle that has happened. Sister Tafengatoto almost made me cry with how she described the things she likes about me. I keep telling her I'm going to visit her in Tonga when she gets off her mission. Who's down for a trip?? She is always looking for ways to brighten my day and then we go to the meeting and she talks about how much I do for her.... She must be confused ha-ha, but she has a heart of gold I tell you.
We were able to contact a couple former investigators yesterday and have plans to visit them again soon. While out and about, we felt prompted to knock on a few other doors, too. A particular house that caught my attention answered and let us in immediately. We were able to teach a brief lesson and invite the man, A, and his family to church and give them a Book of Mormon. They are so excited to read, go to church, and have us visit again. Blessings and miracles just keep coming. All of the time I feel so lucky to be here. All of our new investigators came into the picture yesterday when almost every single one of our other plans fell through.... because we just kept going. Things always have a way of working out when we exercise faith.
Sister Rashauna Hoer