Something that was fun this week was our zone Christmas video. We did the Kid History thing where the adults (we) are acting out things according to the kids (primary kids from our wards) voices. Each zone does a funny video and we all got to get together and watch them last week. It was so weird to have the lights go off and to be watching a screen and laughing at it for a long period of time. I almost felt like a normal person, and then I remembered that I was watching a bunch of missionaries acting like total fools and doing things that would only be funny to missionaries. I stopped feeling normal. It was way strange though because we stayed out past 9:30 and then we had to drive home and so we were driving at 10PM. It's been 6 months since I did that!
With it being Christmas-time and all that, the spirit of the season is just so strong. For anyone that knows me, you'll know that in my previous life (and when I say previous life I mean before my mission), I never would have sang in front of an audience. Especially not in another language. However, that is exactly what Sister Christensen and I do all of the time. And guess what? It's such a blast! Of course, we don't sound like we should record an album, but singing Russian Christmas carols literally brings a smile to even the most grumpy person! It's so wonderful, and it's such a non-threatening way to share the spirit of Christ. We are singing in front of the entire ward for Christmas on Sunday with the Bishop on the guitar. That should be interesting.
I had an experience where I was standing in the crowded rows in church post-sacrament meeting. Sister Christensen was talking to someone and I was standing just a few feet away, unable to join in on the conversation because of all of the people that were in the way. I was watching her and just sitting there thinking of how awesome and amazing it is that she is talking to this person in Russian all by herself and laughing and smiling and having a good time. How is that even possible? How could she and I have learned Russian so fast that we can hold conversations with people every single day? We can teach people?! It's insane how real Heavenly Father is. I think the coolest part of the experience was though, that I got to catch a tiny glimpse of the feelings that Heavenly Father does feel when we are here on the earth and he is literally just a few steps away, watching us, cheering us on. And when he sees us have a victory and do something right, he is right there watching and he is soo happy for us. It's like when a kid is in tee-ball and he finally is able to hit the ball off of the tee after swinging 5 times. How crazy the parents go! How excited they are that their little child was able to accomplish such a seemingly simple task. I caught a little glimpse of that feeling when I was watching Sister C. It was such a warm feeling. Such a testament to me that he is standing right here. Always. He is reaching out His hand to us. Always. And, all that we have to do is take it. Reach out and take His hand. And when we truly do that, we will be following the example of Jesus Christ and trusting in the Father's will..even when we do not understand why something is happening. Where else could we get such a large measure of peace in our lives? Nowhere. I promise that that is true. I know it's true.
We had another miracle! We were driving in a neighborhood. Looking for Russians, just like always. We just decided on a house to knock. Randomly pulled over and knocked on this house. It was a member! And they gave us 2 Russian referrals! It was an incredible miracle, because the whole day we were looking for referrals and that was the last place that we had planned to go.
Anyways, I love you all! Sorry for the novel. Have a WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS! Stay tuned for more adventures next week.