We even went caroling... (We made up a song to the tune of, "Oh Come All Ye Faithful!""")
I don't have too much time, but I do want to share a priceless lesson that explains the spirit very simply. Doing the lord's will is so easy. We all know what the right thing to do is in our hearts. We all know the struggle that keeps us from feeling the pure love of Christ, and I hope that as you read over this story, your heart will be touched. Especially with this season, that you'll be able to let your burdens go, and let the Savior rebuild you!
We stopped by a less active member that we'd previously visited, and he invited his two little children of about 6 and 8 to join us. Before we prayed, we asked them if they'd ever listened with their heart before. They said sometimes, and that they'd listen to what it told them as we shared our message. After we prayed and followed up with their father's reading, he said that he'd not had the time to read throughout the week. We went on to help his two kids read the Book of Mormon. They read Alma 37:6 "by small and simple things, great things come to pass.” Right after she read it, we said, "Great Job!" and gave her a high five, and then asked, “Now, how did that high five make you feel?” She said that it made her feel really happy inside. We went on to talk to these great kids about how we can do small things every day to help people be happy. A time that they had run five miles all by themselves, was just one step at a time. We asked them, "What do you think would happen, if you read one verse from the Book of Mormon everyday? Just one verse?" The little girl’s face scrunched up a bit and she took some time to think about it, and said, "We'd be a happy family, and we'd come closer to Jesus.” We asked her how her heart felt, and she said that is was, "all warm inside, and that it made her feel very happy.” She leaned onto her dad and had such a sincere smile of peace on her face. We asked her what her heart was telling her to do, and she said, "We need to read the Book of Mormon every day and pray, so we can become more like our Savior". She promised that she would read to her brother every night, until he could read to her as well. Their father offered the closing prayer, with gratitude and tears, thanking the Lord for his family. We are so grateful for the spirit, and it's simple power, to testify to hearts of the Love of Jesus Christ.
It's so simple. One day at a time. If you've got a friend, who gave all for you, and all he asks is to feel his superior love and empathy and to do your best, would you do it? It gets easier and easier one scripture at a time. Nothing can stop you except yourself, from feeling his love in your heart. Let him make your new years resolutions! I Love you all so much!!! Have a great new year!! I'll probably be seeing you sometime in it!