I had just finished my blog, and somehow it was all erased! It's too late to write it all again, so this will be a short version.
Since the next day was our p-day, we drove an extra mile south of Hamilton to Rotorua, a town on a lake with lots of geothermal hot spots. There are also hot springs, mud pools and lots of other exciting things to do there. With our limited time, we took the cultural route and visited one of the Maori village shows and dinner. It was great and the food delicious. I loved the Pavlova the best, of course!
Craig said it was the best Christmas party he has been too. It really was a good time by all!
Last week was spent mostly spreading some Christmas cheer with a message, treat and the video,
"A Savior is Born". If you haven't seen it yet, do so on Mormon.org. It's like a video Christmas card!
We love our regular lessons with different members, and the temple was fantastic!
We had a short companion study with our Zone Leaders, and Elder Martin got to give Elder Ward his "leaving the mission pep talk". He is bold and direct when he tells departing Elders and Sisters how they need to take advantage of all they have learned on their missions and to go home and DO THE HARD WORK! Take a hard major, hard classes, do more than they think they can, because they are not the same as they were before their missions. They need to invest in themselves and their future.
This message is welcomed and hopefully, heeded!
We hope you are enjoying December and leaving time to do some special events with your families, centered around Jesus Christ, and the true meaning of Christmas! Go caroling, volunteer, give service to a neighbor, have fun shopping, do some baking, enjoy your family! The month is half over already!
Happy birthday to our darling granddaughters, Lindsay and Lauren who are turning 16!!! this week!
We can't believe it? For their party, instead of gift-giving, their friends came over and they put together 100 breakfast and lunch snack sacks for the Ronald McDonald house for families staying there. Talk about a good service project! We are very proud of those two!
Enjoy your week. We love you all and miss your association this time of year!
Elder and Sister Martin