I am not really sure where to start here so forgive me while I organize my thoughts.
First, This Christmas is a Christmas that I will never forget. It has been incredible and it is only getting better. I decided that the best Christmas is based on Service and Love. When those two attributes are found, the spirit of Christmas is found as well. That is what Christ did. He loved and Served, and because he was born we can love and serve as well.
During this whole week, well for the 12 days before Christmas Elder Craft and I gave our Leadership Council a challenge, a Christmas Tradition if you will. This Challenge was to read the Living Christ everyday for the 12 days for Christmas. We have been doing this everyday and after writing a small paragraph of the things we felt and the Love we have for Christ, and the goal is that on Christmas Day we can take a few minutes to write, add and testitfy of Christ. I have loved this so very much. During Christmas it is so easy to forget about Christ and to focus on gifts, money, activities, and the details of Christmas, but when we put Christ in all the details and everything that we do, there is a totally different feeling. He really Lights up the Christmas Season to a whole different level that no money, no gift, no activity can do. I invite you all to sit down with your families or companion or the closest person that the Lord has blessed you to be with this Christmas and read this with them.
This past week we had a few activities to do. We had zones going to the temple once again this week it was fantastic to see the missionaries in the temple. Its incredible to me how much we get to love these missionareis. That is something I learned in the temple this past week is while in the Celestial Room how powerful the words, I love you are. It has a completely different feel to it and a power that is eternal.
We had Cajamarca and the Sierra two zones that comprises of 40 missionaries, they came down the mountian for the Temple, Christmas party and Christmas Show. We had a Christmas party with them on Thursday night. It was a really neat Christmas party. We shared a nice dinner and then had a Christmas Talent Show. Our Office particapted and we did a skit. The 4 Wise man. It was one of the A savior is Born videos by stuido c. Hermana Angell and Vaughan gave us the idea and we took it and ran with it. We made it peruvian style and it was really hilarious.
We then had the famous annual Christmas Program that our mission puts on in the Center of the City. We have been practicing since Octobre. We had a practice starting at mid day yesterday and the show was in the night. The missionareis blew it out of the park, it was incredible!!! We have the most talent in our mission I am convinced. Let me explain. We have a kenny G saxphone player...he is 4times better, hes Elder Terry! We have our own Piano Guys, Elder Drescher and Elder Olsen, We have 2 groups that sing songs from the panatonix, but wait they do it better. We also have a pan flutiest who wow, plays like the olden peruvians play but better, we have a sister that sings like celian dion, but better. Wait we have a Presidents Peruvian Cajon(drum box) that Elder Caldas plays, but he plays better then any other peruvian. The list goes on and on and on. The Reason that we are better is because there are literally angles that come and sing and testify of Christ to all who come. It is incredible. What JOY!
While those Angles are singing, Missionaries and Celesital beings, The peoples hearts are opened and we have missionaires that go and contact them and teach them a small part of our great message. Last night I was incharge of making sure they were talking to everyone. I kept encouraging them to keep talking to people, and they kept telling me that there feet hurt and they had talked to everybody, and I told them, You can sit when your home, but there are people ready to hear about our message, now is the time.
It was a neat night, and we are going to be doing another show tonight. I am so very excited. Tonight I will be particapating a little more. I will be singing Hark the Hearld Angles Sing. I am singing the high Tenor, so that means I am going to need your prayers there, but I am so excited and humbled to be able to Sing about My Christ. I will also be Juggling tonight with Elder Smith and then at the very end my Great Friend Elder Romero will be juggling as well, He learned here in the mission, in our apartment how to juggle, and we convinced him to join in. He is the reason this show work and runs. He is incredible, but we wanted to give him the chance to be in the show, and we got him!
I love this Great Work, I love Christ. I realize each and every day how much more I need to Trust in Christ. I will never forget finishing a session in the temple and making it to the Celestial room and saying these words, after focusing the session on Christ. "I love Christ, I love him So much!" Taking that testimony out of the temple to a man at the Christmas Show last night who was talking to the missionaries contacting, he made a sister cry with his sharp words and comments, I approached the man and asked him his name and what we could do for him, and he looked at me and asked, you a missionary I said, of course. He said well, tell me Where is Christ, we should be more focused on the science of the things, Where is he! Tell me! I looked him and said, Brother, Christ is the reason you are here, and the reason we are all here. I know He lives! If you want to know, ask your Father in Heaven.
I testify He Lives! If you dont know where he is, looking yourself in the mirror and ask your Father in Heaven. Believe! Be Faithful this Christmas!
Love, Elder Marshall
The Foour peruvian wise man!
Ya thats wisdom for ya! Sister Marler is the source of all Wisdom, cookies and Beards! jajaja