Monday, December 8, 2014

December 8, 2014 Nativities from Around the World

                            our investigator Ghyslain- from benin Africa, speaks French
ghyslain and megan

Happy Christmas!
         This week has been filled with Christmas cheer! I love this time of year!! The church has recently released a new Christmas movie "He is the gift" that we have been sharing with everyone.


It's simple but beautiful and it's not only helped those who have watched it, but I have been able to rekindle the importance of the Christmas season (: I have a quote on my planner from President Thomas S. Monson that says "To catch the real meaning of the spirit of Christmas, we need only drop the last syllable and it becomes the spirit of Christ." I like that! What a wonderful season!!
                                   all the sisters at the zone Christmas conference

This week We've had our Zone Christmas Conference, where we got to watch "Its a wonderful life" ...I've never seen the movie before, but it was a really cute movie with such a good message (although as a missionary I felt like it got a little to risqué at times) haha I love the message that it portrays. George, the main character gives up his dreams for the betterment of others. Although he is a good hearted person, he becomes unhappy and frustrated with his life because he sees all of his friends and family going on to the "bigger and better" having adventures and becoming rich. He gets to the point where he doesn't want to live any more and at the point of throwing himself off the edge of a bridge into the water below, his guardian angel comes and jumps in first! George saves him and then they have a chat and George says that he wishes he was never born. So the angel grants him this wish and life continues as if George was never born. He then sees the immensity of what he has done for his family and his community. It makes a HUGE difference! He realizes that his life is full of meaning that he'd never really noticed before because he was only focusing on the good everyone else was having and comparing it to what good he was not having. The moral of the story is that we should see the good that we do, that we make a difference, and that we are important to God and to others. And in the end, the good comes back to us when we do good deeds for others. Sacrifice is one of the greatest gifts we can give one another.

    John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

What a wonderful gift our brother Jesus Christ has given us. His life! What greater gift could we possibly have?

We also had our ward Christmas breakfast this week, along with the 1st Presidency Devotional which was filled with beautiful Christmas music and warm messages.

                                              Sophia at the ward Christmas party
                    ward members doing a 20 second hug. Megan is a character haha

We also had a Christmas Nativity Activity that was hosted by our church but also joined in other churches to come perform and sing. 

                                                              blue grass band

There were nativities displayed from all over the world and they were so cool! 
                                                 the indian one is my favorite (:

We were able to bring along one of our investigators who absolutely loved it! There was a wonderful spirit of love and peace there and the wonderful acknowledgement that the nations of the earth know the birth of the savior Jesus Christ.

It is such a beautiful time of year, full of family, and friends, and the spirit.

                                                                happy winter!
                                                                   Austin mn

This year Give the gift of life! and happiness! and Joy!  Share what you know brings that joy and happiness and life and give that to others!  The "He is the gift" video is a wonderful way to share that!

Enjoy the Christmas Spirit! the spirit of Christ (:

Love you all and I hope that this season is heart warming and lovely!
Love Sister Ficklin

P.S. this is beautiful to listen to

                             Here are a bunch of Nativity Activity pictures in Rochester 
                                (its at our stake center in Rochester it was so cool!)

 nativities from all over the world

 our little Christmas tree  nativity(:

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