So this week I thought was a pretty good week, mostly because we were given a car for 2 weeks. Since the missionaries going home this transfer left on Friday to be home for Christmas there are some extra cars for a couple weeks and we got one! it was just in time for the 6 inches of snow too so that was perfect. And the snow doesn't really effect driving at all here its crazy! It's nothing like the ice back home.
Something funny happened this week. We went to have dinner with the youngs on Wednesday night and we were going at like 7 because her husband works late and he had to get off early just to make that time work, but when we got there sister young answered the door and said that her husband had forgotten and he just barely left his office. So we thought we would just have to find a different dinner since we can't be in the house with her and their little kids, but then she said that she had already set everything up on the table and gotten it ready for us so that they could just leave and go for a drive while we eat. We told her we really could just find somewhere else but she said that it really wasn't a problem and insisted on us eating there. So they left and we went in and sat at their table in this empty house and it was the strangest thing, but then luckily brother young got home like 5 minutes later so they all came back and ate with us. but it was definitely a strange experience. They were a super cool family, though.
We also had Zone Conference on Wednesday and it was super good and very inspiring! we had a guest speaker named Curtis Jacobs and he's been in the church educational stuff for years and I think he wrote some books or a book maybe. But he did an amazing job with his talk. The thing that stood out to me the most is when he talked about the 3 levels of Christmas. The first level is the "Santa Clause level" and it's all about the presents and the hottest gift and going shopping on time, and all you can really take of that level is about 12 days anyways before you start to hate it. The second level is the "Silent Night level." This level is much more humble and it's about the baby Jesus. It's about a mother giving birth to a child, who will save us all, in a stable with animals everywhere and her little baby laying in a manger, possibly in the courtyard of a khan (Curtis Jacobs told us about how it's very likely that that's where Jesus was born). The third level is the "Adult Christ level." This level is about gaining a better understanding of the atonement and realizing that "there would be no Christmas if there had not been an easter". This season is a season for us to learn about Christ and want to gain a better understanding of his atonement. If we can find the right balance between all of these levels of Christmas then we will be able to have a much more meaningful and joyous Christmas with Love and kindness filling our hearts and homes helping us touch the lives of others.