Frohe Weihnachten!

Frohe Weihnachten!

This week, I don’t have a super long message, because I am busy emailing all of the lovely people who sent me absolutely incredible emails and messages. I truly appreciate that!

You have all probably seen this video, but if not check it out: He is the gift.

As we celebrate Christmas, I know that the true happiness of the season lies within the very first holiday. I know that Christ was always going to come to the earth and atone for our sins, so that all people could return to live with our Father in Heaven for eternity. I know we can all make it, that repentence is always available, and that your Heavenly Father is there, just waiting for you to talk to Him.

I can feel it as I talk to these people in this language I am just learning. I can feel it as people look at me weird on the trains, as I speak German to everyone possible, as I try and serve those around me and as I get to teach this true gospel of Christ. Even when people say no, laugh or choose to stop learning, I can feel His love.

There is nothing you’ve been through that Christ hasn’t. Isn’t that a nice feeling? That’s why it had to be such a huge sacrifice. Still, we can give back by sharing the light that He has given us. All it takes is a smile, a wave, a hello, a small act of service.

I have learned so much in my short 6 months as a missionary. I have never felt closer to my savior. I have talked to people from all around the world, here in Germany (even a few from Yorba Linda, if you can believe that!) and I can say, that there are so many good people in this world. Almost everyone feels that there is more to Christmas. They know how important family is. They are good. All we have to do is give them a chance!

One girl asked me the other day how successful we were here and why, then, missionaries would even come here. The answer came to me and I ended up learning so much from this conversation. It is that God would not leave even one of His children uninformed, even if they want to say no, and that there are people here who want the light we have, and just do not know what they are missing. I know that is true. Wherever we are in the world, whatever our lives are like, we are being watched over and loved by our Heavenly Father.

I am so happy I get to share that with these people and it doesn’t matter to me how many lessons or baptism I have, so long as I am doing what He wants me to.

I love you all and I am so glad I know you all. We all play different roles, but they come together beautifully.
I love missionary work (It’s like glue).

Best,
Sister Smith