Its Christmas, its Christmas time, Merry Christmas Y'all
Well everyone the days are finally here, it has been a long time coming, a long long time :), but we made it haha. I have shared Christmas messages with you guys the last couple of weeks so you are probably super tired of them, but I have a cool story that changed the City of San Angelos' opinion of Mormon missionaries.
So Idk if I have ever told you how truly hard missionary work is down here in west Texas. On a really good day of morning finding, in the summer when people are outside, is about 14 so that is only 14 people you talk to that day that are outside. And maybe one will invite you back. And we won’t talk about the others haha. But in winter time it is a lot harder because there is no one outside, the population is so spread out and so little that by the time you see someone they have already gone from their car to the house in an instant. But the prophets and apostles have asked us to pass out at least 10 “He is the Gift” cards a day. Not going to lie, I thought it was a pretty steep goal in the winter, but they asked us to and I knew the Lord would prepare a way for us to do it. So we started planning and thinking of ideas on how to share this gift and message with all of San Angelo.
We prayed for guidance from Heavenly Father to let us know the best way to share the news of His son. Then the idea came. So in San Anglo there is nothing to do, but during Christmas time they set up lights along the river and everyone in the entire town goes to see it. So we decided to set up a stand and give out free hot chocolate and give a card and share a quick message with everyone who stopped. So we had the members donate cups and hot cocoa and 5 gallon buckets. And we got the projector from the church and played “He is the Gift” video on it on repeat. So people could see it as they walked and slowly drove by. We didn't know if it was going to work. They had to get a city permit and a food handlers permit for us all and dedicated a plot where we couldn't leave. We were in.
So we go and set up camp on Saturday night. It started off kind of slow. But then 20 minutes later we had a line of easily over a hundred cars. With two city workers/officers directing traffic for us because so many people wanted to hear what we had to say and obviously get a little bit of free hot chocolate too. After we did this I saw so many people’s opinions of Mormons change and their look on Christmas change as well. Elder Severson and I were able to share the Christmas message with 192 people on that night. 192 souls where able to come closer to their Savior that night and many many more from other missionaries and everyone one of them is now sharing the gift with all of their friends as well.
I was in tears by the end of it all. Praising God that He had heard our prayer.
Christ Lives, he is our Savior, he is real, he is alive..... I am so blessed to be able to share the message of his birth this season. It is the greatest gift to me to be able to share his name with the world if that makes any sense.
I love you all and I hope you have the merriest Christmas you have ever had. And I hope you know I love you.
love elder keegan