Christmas Festivities and Miracles

Dear world,

This week was incredibly busy. We had zone conference and things. Sorry. I’m feeling lazy with this email. My effort levels are at an all time low at the moment, so please bear with me whilst I write about that events of this past week. It involved Christmas festivities, including a YSA Christmas Party, going to see the lights at the temple with Jon and Savannah, as well as other things. We stay busy.

Jon and Savannah are doing great. They are preparing to be baptized this week! We had the last couple of lessons with them last week, and we went to the visitor’s center for a tour and to see the Christmas lights up there. It was a great experience and they loved it. We were there for two hours or so with them and they want to go back some time. We’re excited for their baptism on Saturday.

Jon and Savannah and their three kids with us at the temple visitor’s center.

The Christmas lights at the Oakland temple.

Jackie came to church again yesterday and she called us out during gospel principles and asked us why we hadn’t taken her to the visitor’s center at the temple yet. So we’ll probably end up going again this week… Her desire is growing more and more each time we meet with her. It’s great!

This week we went to teach one of our investigators in the Brookvale ward. Her name is Catalina. When we got there to teach her, we walked into her home only to find she invited her neighbor, Lois, over to hear the lesson, as well. Both Catalina and Lois are 81 years old and are active Catholics. They both are super, super open and we had a great lesson with them. They made hot chocolate and cookies for us and the member who came with us, too. It was kind of a funny experience, but we look forward to working with them more!

On Saturday night, we had the YSA ward Christmas Party. It’s weird to be around so many people my age while still being a missionary because it’s just so casual. It was really good, though! We were able to get to know some YSA members we hadn’t really talked to before. One of them is a girl named Leilani who is outrageously funny. She has absolutely no filter and says some of the strangest things. We had an opportunity to meet up with her this week to see how she is doing because she just lost some close friends in the Oakland fire. She recently started coming back to church, so we thought we’d provide spiritual support. It was a really good experience for all of us involved.

The YSA Christmas Party.

Anyway, I don’t really have too much else to say. We stay busy and I’m really exhausted, so I don’t have much focus. Hope you all have a great week!

Love you all!
~Elder Pike

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