Saturday, December 3, 2016

#LightTheWorld


It's the most wonderful time of the year!  We celebrate Christ in greater abundance.  In the NYNY North Mission we are so excited about the Christmas Initiative #LIGHTtheWORLD.  

I am the Light of the World
John 8:12

Ye are the Light of the World
Matthew 5:14

Our missionaries are so creative.  They are being prayerful and then going forth with faith sharing light and inviting others to share light.  Service opportunities are everywhere.  "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." (Mosiah 2:17)  When we serve we feel JOY.  It is the secret to a happy life.  

Dave and I met the most wonderful taxi driver the other morning.  He was very pleasant and full of light.  His name was Bienvenido, which means "welcome" in Spanish.  We asked him "why are you so happy?" He replied "Because I choose to be, I make each day great".  He then went on to say how people are trying their best.  He sees the good in the world.  He is letting his light shine and I felt it as we spent those few minutes with him.  I also met Leighton, a man working in the city.  He was so kind and helpful, very service oriented.  He is letting his light shine.  Later that same day I met a man who was curious about my missionary tag.  He too was so helpful and kind.  He is also sharing light.  I shared #LIGHTtheWORLD with each one of them.  They loved it!  I believe for the most part people are good.  They desire to serve and make the world around them a better place.  They have light.  We desire to bring additional light and hope to their lives by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I plan to share photos of the missionaries as they #LIGHTtheWORLD throughout the month of December on the New York New York North Mission FaceBook page.

LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE

Time Square Billboard 

Time Square Billboard
Tonight we attended Carols on Columbus, a Christmas concert put on each year by the New York Stake.  This Stake is a reservoir of talent and the concert was evidence of that.  They put on two shows back to back that fill the chapel and overflow.  The missionaries have been inviting people for a couple of weeks.  They were out front tonight inviting people off the streets to come into the "free" concert.  Many people took them up on the invitation.  I met a woman who had come down from Westchester county.  She had attended Winters Eve, another event in the city a couple of weeks ago and was invited to return for the concert.  She didn't know anything about the church.  We had a nice visit and the Elders spent some time with her as well.
The very talented Orton family sang at the concert.  We all especially love Lily, who is standing by her mom in the green sweater.  She spreads light everywhere she goes.



The missionaries offered free hot chocolate before and after the concerts.





The Westchester Stake youth (our home stake) sang Christmas Carols in front of the Temple this afternoon.  Prior to the singing they tied scarves for people in need and wrote letters of encouragement and what Christmas means to them.  If you look close you can find President Smith singing in the Choir.


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