It is crazy to believe on Sunday it is Christmas! Seems like just last week was Thanksgiving but time is flying by! I hope that everyone reading this, wherever they are, has a special, merry and Christ centered Christmas.
We had the amazing opportunity to go to a multi-stake concert called “Sing Noel”. It was a Christmas concert held at our stake center and had 2 performances. It was a concert that was free and open to the public but the quality of it would made you think you had to buy expensive tickets! There was a big choir, violin and piano performances, and even the Spanish version of “Joy To The World” that we all (attempted) to sing along to! It was a perfect way to prepare for Christmas day and just inspired us to continue sharing the reason for the season more boldly this week!
The work in Thousand Oaks is really picking up with Elder Kelly! This week we have had two investigators set a day to be baptized in January 2017! Our ward hasn’t has a baptism in a long time and everyone is so excited to support and prepare these people. Everyone likes to jump on the success train and more members are doing missionary work with us! It is thrilling to be apart of this work in the Christmas season.
A great missionary experience was one night we were walking around our apartment complex and came up to a guy sitting outside and smoking. We decided to talk to him about the Book of Mormon and got to know him a little better, his name is Carl. Carl was kind of shy a first but really opened up to us and we were able to give him a copy and set an appointment for this next week! It is a great missionary experience because we have been getting instructions on being more bold in our work. We were straight forward and just promised him that our message WOULD benefit his life!
Fun news: Our water heater went out this week… it was cold showers for the apartment. Not just luke warm but COLD… Elder Kelly had a solution to duct tape a spaghetti strainer to the head of the shower and then we proceeded to boil water. We then dumped the hot water through the strainer so the other could have hot water… obviously we went one at a time and tried to aim the water without looking. The heater got replaced the next day but it was well worth the story.
This week was a chance to help serve food at a homeless person dinner at another church! I was in charge of serving lasagna while Elder Kelly had ham. I promise I heard Elder Kelly say the word “Hammmm?” at least 100 times… People were so grateful for our service and seeing smiles shine on other people’s faces just makes me remember why serving a mission is such a blessing and privilege!
I love being a missionary, it is the greatest thing I could be doing with my life. I have seen every day how the Lord directs us for the good of others. He is molding all of us into the generations that we need to be in order to prepare for the Second Coming of Christ. Let us all continue to #LightTheWorld this final week leading up the Christmas day!
Merry Christmas to all!
Elder Austin Morgan
2455 Vista Wood Cir
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362