Cannonball!!

Alright… I don’t have a lot of time but I want to send a good email.
I won’t send very many details, but I will give you all of the
updates! If you want to hear more, you can ask me the stories when I
get home!

First and foremost we jumped in the ocean this week. On purpose. As a
district. Sound apostate? Well don’t judge too harshly now! President
Calderwood supported the decision. Belle Harbor is an interesting
community… You have to be a part of them before they can trust you.
Every year they hold a polar plunge on New Year’s Day! You would be
surprised at how many people jump in the freezing water every year.
The wind chill was 23 degrees… It was freezing. We did it in our
proselyting clothes 🙂 everyone thought we were crazy.

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They had a bbq on the block afterwards! We went and showered and came
back. Everyone really opened up to us. We had a lot of fun, and ate a
lot of good food. 🙂 Win win.

So speaking of lots of food… We have been waking up at 5:30 every
morning to hit the gym. When the gym is closed we will get together
and do insanity as a district. It is a blast! It really is insane…
Gotta stay fit though!

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On a more spiritual note we had a great fast and testimony meeting
this week. Sister Siddoway bore her testimony for the first time… It
was so powerful. She talked about the temptations and struggles that
she goes through. She told a story about her resisting temptation in a
hostile environment, which is something she never would have done in
the past. I have loved being able to see the growth of the members
here too. We all have room to improve!

Oh you wanna hear a funny story? Elder Beazer was eating lunch at our
pad. I made chicken, beans, and veggies. The plate was halfway over
the table, and he tried to cut the chicken… All of the food went
onto his pants. It was hilarious. I almost died laughing. I let him
borrow a pair of pants that don’t fit me, and we threw his stained
ones in the wash. Later that night I got a text that said he ripped my
pants.. Hahaha! I didn’t really care, because it was just pants.
Anyways it gets even funnier. He takes his other pants with him after
they got washed. He puts those ones on for the night, and ends up
ripping those ones too.. Hahahaha! It was not a good day for pants.

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I hope I didn’t share this thought already, but it comes from the
ensign this month. I have always thought it was ridiculous that the
apostles couldn’t wait but “one hour” with the Savior as He suffered
in the garden. I mean come on, really? They kept going to sleep!
Sheesh. Then this article hit me. It made the point that OUR hour to
wait with the Savior is Sacrament meeting every week. How often do we
text, sleep, or daydream away our hour with the Savior? I think we can
all do a little better with our Sacrament meeting behavior. I know I
can improve.

Well here goes the start of another week! Hopefully you can all make
it a good one!

Elder Lee
Come what may, and Love it!

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Merry Christ-mas!

Well look at that.. It’s that time of year!! The Christmas season is
very different on the mission. Not in a bad way! I have loved focusing
on other people in stead of myself. Its something I haven’t been used
to, and I am not perfect at it yet! But hey, I am trying. We are still
talking to a lot of people and finally seeing the fruits of our
labors. Speaking of fruits, I tried a pomegranate the other day..
phenomenal. Who knew?

Aceley finally came to church yesterday! He is one of my Less Active
friends. He really enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun to have him there.
Adam was also there and he played his saxophone in the ward choir for
sacrament meeting. It turned out great. We had a really good day at
church. Even though we had to teach “Exaltation” to someone who came
to church for the first time in the Gospel Principles class. That was
an adventure. New Yorkers are born skeptical out here, and the whole
“We have the opportunity to become like God” topic is not an easy one
for them to grasp. Especially the ones who have seen the Book of
Mormon Musical (curse that thing). We did our best to teach by the
spirit, and hopefully they will pray about it and find out for
themselves! That’s about the best we can do. 🙂

My other friend Joseph Booth is waiting to get his eye surgery. He has
cataracts, and can’t see. We have been teaching him, but sheesh it has
been a challenge. I have learned a lot about patience. It is something
I have needed to learn a lot about. I have a feeling I am not done
learning yet… just a wild guess though! Ha!

Want to know how I am going to be celebrating Christmas? I am actually
really excited about it. We have a breakfast with a member from the
Caribbean! He is going to make us some amazing food. I love eating at
his house. This will be the second time. Then we are visiting people
who would normally be alone. Taking them some humble gifts (probably
cookies or something). Of course we will be skyping home! Yay! Then a
member from somewhere in Africa is feeding us dinner! He makes
delicious chicken curry. Then we will be going to this adult home to
spend the night there. Singing carols, and doing our best to spread
the real meaning of Christmas. 🙂 I can’t wait.

If there is one thing I have learned on my mission.. it is that Jesus
Christ does live. I know he wasn’t born on Christmas Day, but I am
very appreciative that we can dedicate a whole entire season to His
life. Let us not forget the greatest gift He gave to us, the
opportunity to live forever with Him and our Father. His atoning
sacrifice is the greatest gift He could have given, and I would
encourage everyone to study more about His life. Especially the sermon
on the mount. If we pattern our lives after His, we can find peace in
this life and eternal life in the world to come. “He lives all glory
to His name… Oh sweet the joy this sentence gives, I KNOW that MY
Redeemer lives”.

Merry Christ-mas!!
Elder Lee
Come what may, and Love Him