Monday, December 21, 2015

Pretty Much, Merry Christmas! (December 14th, 2015)

I hope you all have been having a great week! I know I have! This time
of year is so wonderful! Something has changed about me this time
though. As I walk around and see all the Christmas decorations I am
noticing the lack of the nativity. I never used to mind all of the
Santa clause junk, but this year it has almost gotten on my nerves how
little you see a nativity. Mom, thank you for having a bajillion
nativity sets around the house during Christmas time. Even though at
times we may have been focused on the worldly celebrations, there was
always a nativity nearby that would remind us of what Christmas is all

So many things are going on this last few weeks I could write a book,
but I will tell just a couple of stories.

First the weird one.
So this last week sister Mathews and I went on exchange with the
sister training leaders from Illford. (Exchanges are when missionaries
switch companions for a day) And guess who I got as my companion for
the day... again? Sister Ranck! My trainer! This transfer just keeps
getting weirder and weirder! Not only am I back in my first area, but
for 24 hours, I was with my trainer. Again. In our area where she
trained me. Can anyone say time lapse? It is like the last 4 months
didn't even happen. It was really cool, but the whole day was weird.

Second story.
Christmas choir! Last night we had our first performance for the
missionary Christmas choir! I wish I had pictures, but it was just so
awesome! About 400 people were in attendance. People off the street,
non members and members alike! Oh and I knew that president Stevens
could sing since he was in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, but he did a
solo last night, and HE CAN SING! He is so good! Any ways, since we
live in Kent, president had us stay the night in London with some of
the visitors centre sisters. No big deal. We just spent the night in
central London!

Here is another challenge. Remember the website I sent you last week
to watch the church video, "A Savior is Born"? Well on that same
website ( there is a follow up video that is so
good called, "Why we need a Savior." I challenge you to go watch this
video and then share it!

Love you all, and have the most merriest of Christmases with the
Savior as the centre!
Happy birthday Jesus!


Sister Lisa Haynie!

- Sister Lisa Haynie

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