Monday, December 19, 2016

Week 57: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas! :)

Elder Young and I at Colonial

Monday, December 19, 2016


We went to a super cool Christmas concert yesterday at the Naperville Stake Center (church building)! Different choirs and people sang and we sang. It was wonderful! I, also, got to reconnect with YSAs in the Stake and Elder Umphress reconnected with a YSA from the Schaumburg YSA branch. Naperville knows how to do a Christmas Concert. Haha, it went from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M., but we stayed there until 9:15 and didn't get home until past 10:00. So, it was a longer day than usual.

Yea, and we went to the Mongers on Saturday to stop by and they invited us in. Their extended family was there and we taught them all from the Book of Mormon in 3 Nephi where Christ comes to the Americas. The extended family is not Christian, but they are willing to learn more of Christ and come to know Him. We also sang a few hymns with them. Apparently Krish's favorite songs are "Scripture Power" and "I Am Child of God." 

Also, yesterday was the first time Monika came to church (she has been to Mutual but not to church)! We think she liked it, but we will ask them later today or this week. Now we have had all of them come except for Roman who is Deacon age now.

Oh yeah, last Monday, we taught Stephanie and two of her sons instead of her. We watch "The Great Apostasy" (the one from Seminary in the D&C Visual Resources) with them. They liked it! We were going to teach them again, but life happened. Hopefully we will teach them this week. They are all awesome!

Also, it's getting super cold here. In the negative in degrees Fahrenheit. We are actually not supposed to go out in the weather unless we have an appointment and have transportation inside a car or something. I did go out in like 3 degree Fahrenheit, though and it probably felt like in the negatives. My legs were freezing and my face got hit after I went inside... It is very interesting. I looked like a robber sometimes haha!

Anyway, it was still a great week! I have a Christmas Party all the way down in Joliet (rather than in Naperville) because we are combining with the missionaries in that stake.

Quick overview:

A Bishop (the title of the pastor) is over a congregation of members and that is called a ward.

A Stake President is over 5-12 wards and that is called a Stake. 

A mission varies in size depending on location in the world, but our mission, The Illinois Chicago West Mission, is over 5 stakes (Peoria, Rockford, Schaumburg, Naperville, and Joliet)

In our mission, there is usually one set of missionaries per ward but there can be more. My ward has two sets (4 missionaries). Missionaries are in pairs or threes.

A district of missionaries is comprised of a few sets of missionaries (there are 4 sets in my District). In our mission, usually 2 districts make a zone of missionaries. There are 2 Zones per stake in our mission, therefore we have 10 Zones. 

Usually each Stake of missionaries (2 zones) meet for Christmas parties or other activities together. This year, that is happening with Peoria and Rockford, but the 2 Naperville Zones are splitting up. One is going to Schaumburg and the other to Joliet. So, mine is going to Joliet. So, there will be 3 zones at my Christmas party (around 54 missionaries). So, it will be fun (it will be fun either way haha).

Hopefully that makes sense.

Anyway, I've been reading in Numbers and Deuteronomy lately. At first glance it seems like God is cruel. But he is not. He is very loving! He keeps true to promises. In the Book of Mormon in the first book of Nephi, chapter four, verse thirteen it explains a bit: 13 Behold the Lord slayeth the wicked to bring forth his righteous purposes. It is better that one man should perish than that a nation should dwindle and perish in unbelief.

Anyway, I know the Book of Mormon to be the word of God and I also know the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly.

Interesting facts: the capitalization of LORD or GOD in the Old Testament refers to Jehovah a.k.a. Jesus Christ. Jesus is the God of the Old Testament. However, Jesus was acting in the authority of His father who is our Father, Heavenly Father a.k.a Elohim. Heavenly Father is the one we pray to in Jesus' name because through Jesus, we can live again and things are made possible only through Him. So, Jesus is our God and so is Heavenly Father, they are separate beings along with the Holy Ghost, but They are one in purpose and one God because of that purpose.

It is awesome reading the scriptures and seeing how much God really does love us. He has perfect love. I know that this is true and that He has a Plan for you. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder Kloosterboer

Elder Young and I on exchanges going out in the cold - FREEZING!

Elder Young and I went to Colonial (a store owned by a nonmember whose wife and kids are
members of our congregation). We had a coupon from a few transfers ago so it was free! Yum!

Splitting the Ice-Cream

All done!

Bumper sticker we got!

Our District - Elders Adams, Julander, Moore, Kloosterboer, Young, Christensen,
Bird, Stewart Chester (frowning, lol), and Umphress

Joy to the World the Lord is Come concert

Program - it was fun singing with the congregation