Hello!

Well, this week was pretty hard because we only have one progressing investigator right now, and despite our hours and hours of finding efforts last week, only one investigator came to church and none of the 30+ people we invited to the Christmas devotional showed up (besides the one investigator who went to church). so we will continue to be doing a lot of finding this week as well. 
 
We did have a miracle last week where one ward member gave us 8 referrals! however, we’re having difficulty contacting them, so we’re still working on those. hopefully at least one of them will be interested. 
 
We got to watch the First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional last night! It was great. I loved Elder Nelson’s talk about Christ’s role as the Prince of Peace. I’ve been studying Christ and His life a lot this week. I don’t have much commentary about it yet, but mostly just coming to a better understanding of who Christ is, and all His many roles in our lives. It’s been wonderful to continue to grow in my relationship with my Savior. 
 
This week at zone meeting, we learned that they DID get rid of “Oyms”! or the key indicator that we count how many people we introduce the gospel to for the first time. oym’ing is kind of hard. but they changed it to ‘finding efforts,’ which I like a whole lot more, and includes oyming as well as other things that measure a lot better the efforts we make to find new investigators. the fact of the matter is most of your finding efforts don’t really yield much right away, but if we keep making those efforts, we will be able to find the people who are prepared to receive the gospel.
 
this week we will go to cauayan for a Christmas thing, so I’m excited for that! we are also going on splits this week with the STL’s.
 
To end I will just share something I learned this week while we were sharing Mosiah 2:41 with Sister Uanang, our relief society president. It says, “And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of neverending happiness…”
 
and as I was testifying of the scripture, the Spirit taught me something from it. I learned that our happiness is not dependent on the situation we have in life. It’s dependent upon our obedience to God’s commandments. We could have zero trials and still be completely miserable if we are disobedient. But on the flip side, we could have every sort of difficult trial and still be happy–because of our obedience. For we are blessed temporally and spiritually because of obedience. We just have to recognize that, and know that we can always find greater peace and joy and true happiness through our obedience to the commandments of God. that’s why He gives them to us in the first place–that’s the whole reason they exist, and our whole purpose here on earth. to be tested, to learn to be obedient, and to be happy through our obedience.
 
I love you so much!
 
Love always,
Sis Carr
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