Hey everyone! I hope you all have had a wonderful week! Once again somehow a few days turned out to be a week. This week how fast time has really gone has finally hit me. This last Tuesday was our zone conference. It was absolutely amazing and I learned a lot! President McClure is the best leader that could possibly be here. We learned a lot how to bring more miracles into our mission and have increased our drive to do so. At the end of zone conference though, we have all the dying missionaries give a testimony. What really hit me though was that one of my MTC district sisters was up there too! It's official starting today that all my sisters will be done. It really doesn't feel like they should be leaving yet but that time has already come. Pretty soon it will be me up there and I will probably feel like it's a bad joke of some sort.
This week we also had the Christmas party which was really awesome! Before the party started we had a non-member volunteer to come early and help with the set-up. We very gratefully accepted his offer. What we had not expected though was for him to turn out to be a self-referral. We met this guy in the grocery store and he called out to us. It turned out he was a friend of a member. We exchanged numbers and a few weeks pass and he shows up and is like I would really like to hear more about your church. He is an awesome guy who has gone from church to church trying to find a faith he can really believe. What he was most impressed about our church though was how often we use words like "love, appreciation, amazing, thank you" and so forth. It was a really great lesson. As for the party, a lot of people came and it went really well! As the missionaries we did the "Helping Hands" comedy performance. We did it on the daily life of a missionary. It went really well and we were able to share a message on Jesus Christ and the meaning of Christmas. At the end of the party we gave Books of Mormon in which we had members write their testimonies and wrap as presents to the people who came in attendance. In all it was really great and really tiring! The best kind of day.
That pretty much sums up my week. The rest of the time was mostly spent finding or preparing for the Christmas party. Anyway I hope you all have a great week leading up to CHRISTMAS! I'm looking forward to writing to you all again on Christmas (Monday).
The Hakodate Zone Conference (a regional training meeting for missionaries) took place this week and the mission president's wife posted pictures on Facebook. Here are some with Zach in them.