There is a quality of Jesus Christ that I would like to address in this letter. I don't what to call this quality, but I will do my best to describe it. The quality is that he gets joy and pleasure in helping others in their spiritual progression. He does nothing for himself, but all that he does is it for others. In 3 Nephi 26:14, He loosed the tongues of children, so that they did speak great and marvelous things unto their fathers. Why did he do that? Because he was unselfish, he rejoiced in seeing others do the things that he could have easily done himself. He wanted to see others excel, to see others reach their potential, rather than do everything himself. I love this quality of the Savior, but I feel that it is one that is very difficult to develop as a natural man.
In that spirit, I would like to share some of the amazing things that are happening in our zone here in the French Riviera.
In the city of Saint Raphael, the Elders are teaching a German student named Simonet. She was found right after Elder Grant and I got off of a train to start an exchange there. We actually went to the apartment really fast to drop off our bags and then met back up with her to teach her on the beach. She has been taught twice, received a Book of Mormon in German since then and has the desire to be baptized next after Christmas vacation. She plans on sharing the gospel with her mother when she goes back to Munich for Christmas.
The other companionship in Saint Raphael is currently teaching a family that will be baptized just before Christmas. The mother works at the grocery store where the Elders do their grocery shopping. She knew the church in New Caledonia, where she is from and eventually the Elders invited to share a message with her and she accepted. She has come to church every week since meeting with them. She brings her teenage daughter and her daughters friend, who will both be baptized with her.
My companion and I are currently teaching an 83 year old man named Pierre and his wife. He is a former ambassador and speaks perfect English. My companion had contacted him last transfer and the second time we contacted him he accepted to have us come to teach him. The lesson yesterday afternoon went very well. Him and his wife have a lot of potential.
Early last week our ward had a music activity which turned out to be a huge success. 87 people attended, of which 17 were not members. To give you an idea of how awesome the members here are, there was a member from Recife Brazil who used to teach a Portuguese family with the Elders about a year ago. She remembered this family and invited them to the activity. The son came and brought a friend, got back into contact with the missionaries and we will be going over there this afternoon to teach the entire family! Other members are setting Christmas goals to share the gospel with friends before Christmas! Tonight we will be going over to a family's home to share a Christmas message... they invited their neighbors to join and to meet us. Missionary work runs in this wards veins.
Merry Christmas! I think that in Spanish that means... MORE CHRIST! But I'm not sure. I love you all and I love Christ. Let us be like Him this Christmas and do super unselfish things! Let's loose some tongues!