I made a discovery - Christmas as a missionary rocks!!! We have some great members, who made sure we were well taken care of. One of our Bishops let us Skype from his home - which is really what we were most looking forward to. It was wonderful to see and talk with the family - and I just wanted to say thank you to everyone, family and friends, who expressed love and Christmas wishes - it means the world to know your were thinking of me. Please know I thought of each of you individually, and I thank Heavenly Father to have you in my life.
So on Christmas Eve a member was kind enough to take us to the annual Calgary City Nativity Pageant put on by the Church. It was pretty typical of what you would expect (minus the freezing cold), but towards the end as the people kneeled before the manger to worship the Savior of the world, I was overcome with a sense of awe and joy, that His birth, life, death, and resurrection was all for us. I am so grateful for His example and sacrifice, and that the Christmas season doesn't need to end; it can continue as we remember the rest of his story throughout the year.
I have such a sweet companion, and I am so grateful to have spent this Christmas with her. We were able to get up early and unwrap the parcel's sent from home, to reminisce and laugh and cry together as we thought of loved ones and felt of your support and love.
I honestly had gone into the week of Christmas feeling like it was going to be a goneshow, that it would be a bit of a drag. But it ended up being one of the better weeks of late! We have been able to proselyte with a Christmas twist, and from it we miraculously found a new family to teach! So as "hard" as it was to not be home for Christmas - that was nothing compared to the unique joy I've been privileged to experience this year as a missionary - and that is truly a wonderful gift.
I love you all so much!
Sister Sarah Patterson