Merry Christmas!


December 21, 2014

Dear Family,

With Christmas this week, today was our Christmas Sacrament meeting. Mom wrote the o-2oLbD3OV8XWMxBnSQUNGBmPKpycWsFdT_KfTQslwsscript for the two narrators’ and arranged the musical numbers. Our trunk was packed with costumes, food, and all the props, besides the keyboard, microphone and speaker and everything else necessary to make it all happen. Key to success. Set everything out the night before. The trip to church is about 25 minutes one way. From experience, we don’t have time to go home and get it.

It was a great meeting, mixed with music from our families, the Primary children, and even the Elders. Mom was so worried about how it would all turn out, but not to worry. It was a spiritual feast about our love for the Savior of the World. As we watched and listened to both the music and the words of prophets, feelings of love for the Son of God were very close to the surface.

We had a new high of 75 at our Sacrament Meeting, so lots of the members were there to enjoy those same feelings. It was just what we had hoped for. We are grateful that we were able feel the confirmations from the Spirit and know that the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes was indeed the promised Messiah as foretold by the prophets of old.

Without breaking tradition, the Primary after-party was very well attended and went off
7Jvpb_8pkGisOZYVuQJXlWdqECn8XiM4UioA9hJhY9Qas planned. Planning for 15 and expecting 25 was a good rule of thumb. Everyone wanted to play a part in the nativity, so Mom ran through it twice. Everyone got to participate and they were all so happy. The shepherds, in the picture, were a little stunned when the angel appeared, but gee who wouldn’t be. As always, what’s a party without a treat? Mom came home thrilled, as she had watched her faith over come fear.




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We had arranged to take Christina over to the chapel in Polokwane, after church, and get some family history done. She was able to get 29 ordinances temple ready, including preparation for her to go to the Temple and be sealed to her deceased husband. She is such a faithful women. What a great day.

Mom wanted you hear the song they sang at church today, so we took a few minutes after KuW9FCMZiL237ScwFBTpKkL1GrOrs_BJFj46LAeG9e4church to record a part of the music. For now, however, a picture will have to do. The video was too big to send. Our Internet here is not very fast.

We love you and are grateful that you are being cared for by a loving Heavenly Father. He knows your deepest desires. He also knows your challenges. As your desires come in line with His, you will find your pathway easier. He, however, will not shortchange you by removing challenges which bring you closer to Him. We think about you and pray for you daily. We are so proud of you.

This week, we extended our P-Day a little and traveled down the Mpumalanga area with Elder and Sister Brammer. The Blyde River Canyon boasts, the Bourkes Luck Potholes, God’s Window and waterfalls everywhere.

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In Mpumalanga,if you have a day that is too foggy, which it often is, just make the short trip over to Kruger National Park and get close and personal with a Buffalo, or how about a king size elephant and family. If that does not do it for you, the giraffes and zebra’s are awesome. Everything was wonderful. We never get tired of seeing the beautiful creations of our Father in Heaven. The company was great, and a couple of days rest was appreciated. Mom even got a little shopping in at one of the stops.

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The week finished off with seeing our plans of helping Justice and Shylet Musonza be sealed in the Temple with their kids actually happen. They moved into our group last September and we have been teaching them about the temple since then. When we talked with them privately, they each told us they had dreamed about going to the temple, but never thought it would ever happen for them, even though they have been members for more than 15 years.

Their two children, Clayton, 15, and Judith, 12, both live with their grandma in Zimbabwe and go to school up there. With the temple closing for the Christmas season, we only had a 10-day window to pull everything together, before the kids had to return to Zim and to keep their passports in check.

The blessings and feelings of the temple cannot really be shared adequately. There are no shImk14XvZ-pt7Symr9RLF8xODrPN_zJHMRFnGAHSX8words to explain the blessings available to those who prepare themselves, live worthily, and then go and feel the spirit in the House of the Lord. What a thrill it was for all of us.




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Patron housing for the temple was full, so they made arrangements for us in a motel close to the temple. It was Ok. A little cozy but with some cool built in features for a room about 10 X 12 feet. Maybe I can use this set-up somewhere in a real estate project. Sorry, I am always looking. The upside was the price, $49. The down side, don’t leave the motel after 5:00 pm. I did not expect to have a beach view, but the streetscape was kind of scary. It would have been a little better if they would have had a chair in there, but the TV was OK, it was just a really long night. Lesson learned. “If you don’t bend, you break”.

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We love you. Keep each other close. Tell each other how much you love each other often. Give each of your kids a big love for us.


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