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December 11, 2012

The Spirit of Christmas

Last week was an amazing and weird week. A lot of our appointments fell through but that is alright. We were able to find two new investigators and put a young man on date to be baptized Dec 29!
It was amazing as one of the youth called us and said, "I have a friend that wants to take the lessons. I have it set up to teach in the bishop's home on Saturday at 4pm. Can you be there?" We responded with an excited YES!!! It was amazing! The miracle of this experience was this young woman was not afraid to act upon the promptings of the Holy Ghost and share what she believes.

I gave a talk in one of our wards yesterday and before sacrament meeting the Ward Mission Leader came up to me and asked, "What are you speaking about?" I responded, "I have no clue"; and he gave me a puzzled, worried look. I told him I came up with three different ideas/themes but they never felt right the morning of the meeting. I then said, "I feel at peace and you need not worry." I was the first speaker and I spoke for my 20 minute time. When I sat down I thought, "What did I say?" I remember talking about acting upon the spirit of the Holy Ghost a lot and telling a few stories. I learned with greater understanding that the Spirit is the teacher. At the beginning I said, "I can't teach you anything new or convince you, but the Holy Ghost can and will teach each one of you 'one by one'". I was also taught. I just hope that everyone will come to know the power behind bearing your testimony and letting the spirit testify and touch the lives around each one of us.

This Christmas season is a great time to think about what the birth of the Savior means to us. I am learning that there are many hands that hang hopelessly down during the Christmas season. Sometimes it's because they can't afford the newest this and that or they can't have a Christmas like their neighbor. If we get these hands helping and serving others, it will be a marvelous Christmas. Last week as we were doing mormon.org training we came across this video that I love. http://www.lds.org/pages/mormon-messages?lang=eng#christmas-spirit
I hope to help lift the hands that hang down. Everyone can be a special angel to someone, somewhere.

We have two (maybe three) baptisms this Saturday: Ruby and Molly (sisters)! We are so very excited!

I love this gospel. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and can help us prepare for the future. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is for everyone and will help us through life's challenges. I love this work and am excited to see this work move forward.

I love you all!

From my Heart to Yours,
Elder David Cluff