Sister Wadsworth and I had a great Christmas!
We spent the 24th with the Kozma family and our elders and had so much fun. They have small kids and it felt like home! Germans open all their presents on the 24th, so we got to participate in that and sing some Christmas songs and read the scriptures in Luke. Bruder Kozma shared a spiritual thought that I really liked! He pointed out that Jesus had to grow up and learn for himself that He is the son of God. He had to gain his own testimony like we do. It is something I had never really thought about! Their family opens all their presents at the same time, so that was chaotic and fun. I really like one of their traditions. Each family member draws a name of who they will give a present to (like we do) but their present has to be something they make themselves. We also all squeezed around their kitchen table and ate a ton of Hungarian food and even learned some Hungarian words.
Sister Wadsworth and I woke up on Christmas and opened all our presents! THANK YOU SO MUCH, MOM. You spoiled us! I especially love my pajamas. I seriously have been wearing them whenever I don't have to be wearing a skirt haha. Sister Wadsworth made quiche and we read the scriptures together and then got ready and went to the Nowaks. They made a ton of food and we sang more songs and just relaxed and talked. Their tradition is that you have to do something to get your present. Some people read poems or dance etc. So us four missionaries sang a song together and I played the piano! We then went to our Bishop's house for dinner and ate even moreee food. I seriously have never eaten so much for Christmas in my life! It was nice to have so many members invite us over. It is also nice to be back in a regular schedule now though. It was kind of hard just sitting there and we felt much better when we got out the next day and did our regular missionary work!
I liked seeing Christmas from a little bit of a different perspective. Since I wasn't with the family and doing our regular traditions, I found myself thinking about Christ a lot more. Sister Wadsworth and I shared a Christmas spiritual thought with a few families. Since Christmas is Jesus' birthday, it makes sense that He should get some presents! In her family, they hang a white stocking each year for Jesus. Every person writes down something that they will give to Jesus for His birthday (like praying more or reading the scriptures, or serving) and then they put it in His stocking. I know that Jesus Christ lives and He is our Savior. I'm so grateful that we have His example and that we could celebrate His birth!
Just other random things from the past 2 weeks:
-It snowed today!
-A random lady walked into Sacrament Meeting the other week, so I got up and sat next to her. At first she didn't want to talk to me and she went up and talked to the High Councilor instead. She said she wanted to learn more about the church, so of course he sent her right back to me! We ended up talking to her for 2 hours after church and we answered all her questions she had written down. She has been attending a different church but feels that something is missing. We met with her a few days ago and taught the first lesson. I was able to recite the First Vision and I felt so much power and truth as I was talking. It really strengthened my testimony and I could tell that she was feeling the Spirit too! She said there is a special spirit in our church and she has found what she was missing. She won't give us her phone number though.. so we have no way of contacting her and are praying that she will keep meeting with us!
-We traveled 2 hours to a lady who lives way out in the middle of nowhere on the edge of our area. We got her as a referral to bring a Joy to the World DVD. So we knocked on her door and tried to give it to her, but she had no interest whatsoever. We decided there was no way we were going home without giving this DVD out, so we knocked on other doors and now one would take this free gift! Finally we spoke with a man just walking down the street and he took it! THEN we were waiting at a bus stop for our bus to come to the middle of nowhere and a lady just pulled up next to us and asked us if we wanted a ride. That never ever happens! She was so incredibly nice and she drove us to the train station even though it wasn't on her way at all. We were able to give her a Book of Mormon and explain a little more about our church. It really helped me see how much God's hand is in our lives. He truly does put us in the right place at the right time!
-We had a lesson with our Ukrainian family through google translate on their phone! Thank goodness for technology.
-Erik got baptized on the 20th! I think I smiled the entire day. Everything worked out and came together perfectly. We had primary children give the talks and prayers and Erik and I played a duet for the musical number. He smiled a ton too and even told me that he felt the Holy Ghost so strongly. I am so happy for him!
-Sister Wadsworth and I spent a good 3 hours baking mom's amazing sugar cookies to take to members and less actives. They turned out pretty well! I think we ended up eating more than we gave away though. We even gave some to the homeless people we saw and the bus drivers haha.
-We went caroling with a few ward members. I really think we spread some Christmas cheer with the older members of our ward!
-We had a super fun pday last week with the Bonn sisters and Sister Nowak! She took us to Aachen and we were able to go to the dreilanderpunkt. It is where Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands meet, so we were in 3 countries at once! We also saw the Aachen Christmas market and drank hot chocolate and kinder punch.
I think I have basically written a novel this week, but I hope it all makes sense! I'll have to send pictures next week. I can't wait to skype you all today. I love you and happy New Year!