Before the cathedral in grandeur rose At Ingelburg where Danube goes: Before its forest or silver spire Went airily up to clouds and fires; Before the oak had ready a beam, While yet the arch was stone and dream -- There where the altar was later laid, Conrad the cobbler, piled his trade. It happened one day at the years white end -- Two neighbors called in on their old-time friend; And they found the shop, so meager and mean, Made gay with a hundred boughs of green. Conrad was stitching with face ashine, But suddenly stopped as he twitched a twine: "Old friend, good news! At dawn today, As the cocks were scaring the night away, The lord appeared in a dream to me, And said, 'I am coming your Guest to be!' So I've been busy with feet astir, Stewing the floor with branches of fir. The wall is washed and the shelf is shined, And over the rafter the golly twined. He comes today, and the table is spread With milk and honey and even wheaten bread." His friends went home; and his face grew still As he watched for a shadow 'cross the window sill. He lived all the moments o'er and o'er, When the savior should enter his small, lowly door -- The knock, the call, the latch pulled up, The lighted face, the offered cup. He would wash the feet where the spikes had been, He would kiss the hand where the nails had gone in. And then at last would sit with Him And break and eat bread as the days grew dim. How are we prepared to remember him Even past the time that the light grow dim? Do we remember the Savior, into the special season -- Remember the things he did, and for what reason? Remember dear Christ and the love that he feels Even to those who spit at his heels; The birth of the man, who still through it all To take on our burdens so even we can stand tall? Would we wash the feet where the spikes had been, Or even kiss the hands where the nails had gone in? Would we at last sit with Him, And break and eat bread as the days grew dim? 12/14 Fun-ish preparation day. Worked hard to help Elder Piipo (pee-Poe), and had huckleberry pancakes. Hauled a lot of wood, and we got to watch a great video that all the sisters made in temple square while they were there! It was really cool- they read the Christmas story out of the bible, but each sister spoke her native tongue! There was probably a good 7-8 different languages, and I think it showed greatly how Christ is the savior for us all! Because we had to go home from Drummond, we were a little behind on all of our laundry and whatnot. We didn't really get finished washing and cleaning until about 3, so we weren't able to do much with the zone. When we showed up to the stake center, the zone was already raging in a game or pod-ball, so I just kinda jumped in! Haha I'm starting to get pretty good at it, I think. I was able to get about half the people out just after I first started, through either catching or throwing. However that game is so weird because just after I got out all those people I got out jumped right back up! Lol well I mean I mean I guess it kept the game going! Exchanges! I went on an exchange with Elder Crocket today; his companion is the district leader, and they live almost 2 hours away from the stake center! So Elder Sedig had a baptismal interview to do, and with us living about 10 minutes away he decided to save some gas. Haha
Once we got to Ronan (Row-naaan) we had a service project planned, so we went straight to the members house to help them move some bigger things from their old house to their new. Lots of tvs, couches, and dressers to move. Haha I guess as the young, "large of stature" vibe we seem to give as missionaries, I should be expecting it by now! But the best part was probably dinner afterwards- the family owned a Mexican diner in town, and the food tasted just like it was from home! Man... I really am starting to crave a lot of those small things from home, like actually good tortillas! Lol 12/15 We had a long morning- Elder Crocket is slow to shower, eat, and get ready. Studies are supposed to start around 8, but he wasn't ready to go until like 9! So studies were a little weird, but I guess that is why we go on exchanges- to become better! Haha But as we started companionship study, a member of the ward there called us and asked us to come help move some people into town. Cool, whatever we thought. He said there was a Uhaul, so we assumed it would be not long, but not a short project. When we got there.... We were surprised. Instead of a Uhaul, there was a full size 16-wheel semi parked out front, filled with all of this persons stuff. Oh jeez. Haha I guess he had moved from like Louisiana or something like that, so to make only one trip he hired a moving company from Georgia to get all his stuff to Montana! So we spent probably a good 4 hours moving them and helping them get everything out. At the end, the movers said they were so grateful- without us they guessed it would have taken them almost 13 hours! D: Haha so they insisted that they gave us some money for lunch. As missionaries, we rent supposed to, but they insisted so much that we almost literally couldn't leave without it! We took that money and went to lunch. But we also bought an extra like 15 chicken sandwiches to go around and give to people- take our disobedience and put some sort of purpose behind it! Haha so as we were driving to the park, we saw a lady lookin super stressed out in the middle of the road. After pulling over and going to her, we found out that her truck was stuck in the road about 200ft off the road, and that her sister had tried to get her out, but only got her stuck! Haha So we had two women and two children stuck in the mud down the road, hungry and needing help! Man, the Lord works in weird ways. So we gave them all sandwiches, as well as going and buying some gasoline so that they could move their truck out of the mud! It felt so good to help! However, we couldn't get them unstuck at first, so a local member came and tried to help tow her out. Great! We thought, but no. He got too brave, and his truck got stuck also. Flip..... So after utilizing every intelligent thing we could think to do, we decided to go back to the boy-scout basics and get them out. Oddly, that worked. Hmmmmm A little bit after that we had dinner, and then we went over to job corps and played ball with them for a while. It was a lot of fun, and I think I'm finally starting to see Elder Potter's basketball coaching coming in handy! Haha we played 21 for probably 2 hours, 4-5 games, and I won 3!!!!! What in the?! Hahah Thank you Elder Potter! 12/16 Driving around in the snow is super sketchy man! We had to drive an hour to get to Missoula, and there was anywhere from 8-10 inches of snow on the ground. I'm starting to like whole snow thing less and less... We had a zone breakfast this morning- everyone brought something and we spent probably about an hour telling stories, and in the end the zone leaders had us each share one thing nice about our companion. I think it was awesome! I get to play in district meetings again..... hooray. haha I guess with the talents the Lord gives me! I got to practice driving in the parking lot for a while, doughnuts, slipping, and all! haha It was lots of fun definitely. We got to help move a few couches for an investigator form the moving van into her home. The movers had it down for a bit, but eventually one of them slipped on the ice and dislocated his shoulder!! D: It was super scary! I tried to help, but I thought that it would have been better for him to just go to the hospital, so the investigator rushed him to the hospital and got all those things figured things out! With our Christmas devotional tomorrow, we have an extra two elders staying in our apartment. It is working our pretty good. We all get to study and drive together tomorrow, should be great! 12/17 The Christmas devotional was pretty cool! We got to hear a lot of testimonies from different Elders and Sisters about the Atonement and we got to sing a bunch of different Christmas songs. We put together a few great musical numbers as a zone, and so we got to really bring the spirit in with music. IF there is one thing that I have learned, it is that music brings the spirit, and there is not too many ways that can do it better!
They put together a big slideshow of all the missionaries in the mission, gathering different Christmas pictures from home. Apparently my mother decided to send the Ugly sweater picture form Madison's birthday party. My companion got a kick out of it, so I guess it wasn't a failure! ;) SANTA CAME
After a two hour drive home, we rested a bit in our apartment, and the phone went off- a recent convert of our was getting married!!!! IN 15 MINUTES!!!!!!!! Haha we drove so fast to get to the church on time! The wedding was great, and I could tell they were super happy, but I thought it was kinda weird because the wedding in itself lasted..... about 8 minutes. There was about a dozen people there. Huh... different than I thought it would be for being the first wedding I can really recall going to! 12/18 Matt Damon? Elder Mika's seminary teacher saw this picture, and apparantly I look like Matt Damon in it.... huh We FINALLY got someone to come over and fix our water heater so it would stop leaking all over the apartment! It feels nice to have a dry floor again! haha Besides that, we went caroling with the ward. Reminded me of going out with the family every year........ whatever man! 12/19 9 inches of snow today..... TOO MUCH Shoveling at the church- 3 hours... tired, dead, I am SO DONE WITH SNOW