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Merry Christmas!

Hello all:

Hope you are all having a beautiful Christmas and holiday season-- it's snowing pretty well here, so it looks like we'll have a white Christmas! We were joking with an investigator that people would be less afraid to talk to us if they knew we were humans with a soul and a sense of humor, so we were thinking about getting some cheap Santa hats to wear while knocking doors. To our surprise, she loaded us up in the car, and drove us straight to Wal-Greens to buy some! =)

Things are going great here-- I am now serving in the Willow Creek Ward, which is in the Denver Stake in Englewood, CO. My new area has lots of ups and lots of downs, primarily because it's very hilly =). My legs are sure getting a workout! Our borders are (in case my cartographically-inclined father is interested) Holly on the West, I-25 on the East, Belleview on the North, and County Line on the South.

A downside to my new area is that the city planners work for Garmin, and to increase dependency on GPS devices, they named all the streets variations of the same few names. For example, there's a Niagra Ct, Niagra Ln., Niagra St., Niagra Ave., Niagra Pl., Niagra Blvd, etc, etc. It's pretty confusing, but still I'm picking up the area pretty fast. It's rather large and boy do I miss buses!

Oh, we had two baptisms the day before I came in-- two husbands in (formerly) part-member families. I've been getting to know them really well, and they are wonderful people. We have a few serious investigators that we're working with and for whom we have very high hopes.

I've noticed that I've begun to put more trust in Moroni's promise and am more bold in sharing it. Most people are very surprised when I tell people straight up that God WILL tell them whether or not our message is true.

It must be either true or it is not, and we literally call God as our witness to testify of the truths we proclaim. If someone studies our message out and prays sincerely about its veracity, they must receive and answer. Either God will tell them this is the Church of Jesus Christ restored to the Earth in the last days, and the Kingdom of God, or else He will must them that it is all a load of bologna and the most blasphemous sham created by charlatans "out of whole cloth" that the world has ever seen.

I know that Jesus Christ lives, that He was born as recorded in the Bible and the Book of Mormon: in a humble site in the outskirts of Jerusalem. He was born a prince to live as a pauper, and He knows what we got through. he is our strength and our hope. May we always remember to rely on Him I pray, in His name, even Jesus Christ, amen.

FYI-- as of Dec 29, 2009, all mail and packages should be sent to 999 E. Tufts Ave., Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113. Thanks.

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