Hello everyone this has been a sweet week! First off we got to go to this really funny Christmas sing along event thing in the Reno Stake. I am serving in the Mount Rose stake but they got permission from President Chesnut to have all the missionaries in the Reno Zone come and sing at the event. It was really funny because we had about 20 minutes to learn the song and we had no conductor just a pianist who had picked the song. It was weird. The way the program went is the whole audience all sang a song together and then a group of people sang up in the choir section of the chapel. At one point we were going to sing Winter Wonderland. We had a book with the words we were to sing but she said before she started leading us that she didn't like the middle verse so we weren't going to sing it. What we thought that meant was that we were just going to sing one and three but instead she ended up leading us in a verse that no one seemed to know in place of the second verse. We were all really lost and it was really funny. We also had the congregation try and sing Handel's Hallelujah which actually turned out ok.
It was sad to say good bye to Elder Doig and Sparks but he will do an awesome job there I know! I will miss the Wales and Doug and all the members there but it will all be good.
Washoe Valley and Foothills is so fun. I have some sweet pics of some of the view when we went up a mountain. There was a non member who has member relatives who requested a blessing up in a place called Virginia City highlands (fun fact Washoe Valley borders Dayton (which was my first area). Crazy right?) It is way too far away for us to drive on our very limited miles (we have 1200 a month which is really pushing it. Our area is HUGE) but some ward missionaries named the Rockenfelders drove us so I got some pics. It was cool and a very long drive. It was around 40 minutes one way.
We had an awesome lesson with our investigator Jaclyn. She only recently started meeting with the missionaries because a member ended up somehow talking to her in a park and Jaclyn said that God seems to keep leading her to the Mormons so she agreed to start meeting with us. We read 2 Nephi 31 and she understood it great! She can only come to church every other week due to her work schedule but she came to all 3 hours of church and she came to the ward Christmas party! She is cool and a really solid investigator it is so nice!
We have been doing a ton of service so much more than my last area it is great! One at a food pantry, another at a camp ground and another thing for a guy that works for Habitat for Humanity that I knew when I volunteered there back when I was in Vintage Hills. We get to do a lot of good work.
Hope you all have watched the awesome Light the World video on Mormon.org! If not, do it! Serving others really is a huge part of Christmas. You can't really remember Him unless you go out and live as He lived! I love Him and His work. I testify He lives! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! I might not email next week since it will be Christmas but have a great week and I love you all! Merry Christmas!