Monday, December 21, 2015

Welcomes and Christmas Celebrations

My heart is full as I reflect back on this week.  However the week started out a little rough with William and Lauren both staying home sick for two days.  They loved it though because they snuck down to the church Wednesday and Thursday to see missionaries on P-day and at the new missionary meeting.  We also welcomed Elder Ramanlal from Hawaii.  He will be serving in Chinatown.  We are happy to have him here.  On Friday we gathered as a mission at the Ossining Chapel for a Christmas Devotional and Luncheon.  About 40 missionaries participated in a beautiful musical program.  We have so much talent amongst our missionaries!  Dave and I each had a few minutes to speak. It was a very special day to have all the mission together.  Following the program we went into the gym to eat a yummy lunch provided by the Yorktown Ward Relief Society.  I am grateful for their willingness to serve lunch to almost 250 missionaries!  During lunch we had a surprise visit from Santa..aka..William Smith.  This past summer he found a Santa suit in the mission home basement and decided then that he was going to be Santa for the missionaries.  They loved it when they saw him walk out on the stage carrying a big white bag.  One of the Mia Maids, from our Texas Ward, Madie Rousseau with the help of ward members and friends gathered gloves for each missionary.  Along with the gloves they sent candy canes tied to a beautiful story about the statue in Germany of the Savior that is missing his hands.  The poem talks of us being the Lord's hands. Thank you K2 ward and Madie for your generosity! William, along with his elves, Savannah and Lauren walked around and handed one to each missionary.  We also had a photo booth where each companionship had their photo taken holding a sign "He was was born so I"... The photos are all posted on the Facebook page "A Savior is born - NYC" if you want to check them out. Missionaries are so helpful and I am so grateful to each of them.  They help set up and clean up and are always asking how they can help.  I feel so spoiled often by the kindness of so many.  I love each and every one of these missionaries.  They are unique and have different talents and challenges.  Each adds so much and is a  blessing to our mission.

Elder Ramanlal
 



 New Missionary Meeting/Trainers and Companions


















Friday Christmas Devotional & Luncheon























































 





























On Sunday evening we held an additional Devotional for Investigators and Friends.  Many attended and it was a successful evening.  Special thanks to Sister Eliza Smith and Elder & Sister Gardner for all their efforts to organize and direct the musical program.


 The very talented musicians!







Special Thanks to the elves in Texas that sent over 40 packages for our missionaries.  Shoutout to Marla, Nathan and Matthew Goode for organizing the Christmas Elves.  Thank you also to many generous families of our missionaries that sent packages for not only their missionary but companions and mission friends.  We love you all!  Because of your generosity, every missionary in the NYNYN mission has a package to open on Christmas morning!  


Thank you to our 3 WiseMen (Office Elders) for their diligence in getting every package delivered.

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