Merry Christmas and Happy End of the World

Is it the time difference? I thought the world was supposed to be kaput by now. Or maybe the weather man got it wrong again…. ah well! We’re all still here in Taiwan and livin’ up the Christmas holiday. 😀 This week has been a crazy mess, but it all ended up in a great place… with everyone feeling the Spirit and being together as a family.

Last Monday we got together as a Zone and put together three pieces to perform at a mall in XinZhu. Apparently, every year the Church gets invited to perform the Nativity. And this year they invited the missionaries to be a part of it. President Day said we could get the whole Zone involved… yay! It was so moving to stand in front of a choir of missionaries and feel their testimony and conviction weave through the lyrics. Even in practice, you could feel that this is a good, strong group of missionaries. We were all a little worried about having only one day of practice five days before the performance, but it worked out beautifully. I was so proud of them, all, last night. It was FREEZING, but they stuck it out and I’m still hearing about miracle contacts from last night. 🙂

We had a new convert with her son and son’s friend, an investigator family, and one of our new investigators all in attendance. You could just tell they were loving it and most importantly, loving being there together with friends and family.

My favorite part, though, was the night before. All three wards came together for a dress-rehearsal/Primary program. The Chapel was overflowing and kids were running around like mad. It felt like everyone was hanging out at Grandma’s house… I’m not sure how else to describe it. Just beautiful and warm and like home. It was the best way to celebrate Christmas. 😀 The kids from Zhu1 stole the whole show — with their performance of The Little Drummer Boy. I’ve never seen a more legit Primary program in my life. Don’t worry, there’s video. It was all instrumental and every little kid had an instrument — from recorders to castinets to violins and violas to piccolos, etc. It was so beautiful!!

Tuesday and Wednesday were a mess. Let’s just leave it at that. Thursday morning, we got a fresh start and went to go visit the cutest little old lady. She’s a gem and so happy to see us, to sing with us, and to read about the birth of Christ. Then, the sweetest phone call came: “there’s packages!!” We met up with our Elders at a member’s house and tore into several boxes like it was… I dunno… Christmas morning. 😀 That was a great pick-me-up!

The best part of any week has got to be Sunday, though. Two fun suprises: the Chen’s from Tao Yuan and Sister Dao from Houston were at church on Sunday. It was so great to see them all and be reminded of how small the world really is. We had a great time catching up and they were all excited I was still in Xinzhu. 😀

I hope everyone has a great Christmas!


Sister Oler


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