Monday, December 28, 2015

CHRISTMAS MIRACLES

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Man, this week has been one of the greatest. This whole month has been absolutely amazing to reflect on and see all of the little Christmas miracles. Listed below are just a couple:

-Christmas Eve we didn't have a whole lot of plans. We were driving to see a less active family, but on our way we saw Sister Rodney, an older investigator, out shoveling her driveway from the five or so inches of snow we got. We turned around and got out to help her. She was so grateful. We had come at the perfect time.

-We have been praying with all our might to find new families to teach. Two weeks ago our prayer was answered. We got three new investigators, two of them being a family. The other we have a baptismal date set for January 9th. God hears and answers our prayers!!

-We were also praying to know who to see for referrals. The day we were discussing that we went to a new member that had just moved across town and into our ward. That night we got two new referrals of people we could go visit.

-The Spirit of Christ is real. We have seen it so many times during this season. It makes us all want to be better. It drives us to do good and give. It brings true joy and peace into our lives because Christ is the author of that peace. Because of His birth, we can have a portion of His peace. "All things which are good cometh of Christ." (Moroni 7:22-26).

I love being a missionary at Christmas time. There is no other place I would rather spend it at this time. Remember Him as you reflect on your year and plan to center your lives more fully on Him this coming year. That is when we will receive the most joy.

I love you all!! and I love our Savior!

XOXO Sister Boyce

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

HEYO FRIENDS:)

Oh how I wish you could have all been there when 120 or so missionaries sang Christmas carols on Friday. Singing hymns is a way we praise God. Our Christmas devotional was so filled with the Spirit. We were uplifted and edified, especially as we sang.

I love the quote from President Eyring: "As we sing in choirs, families, and classes, and as we listen together, the carols of Christmas remind us of our shouts of joy when we learned that we could come to this world and be given a Savior to redeem us. Someday we will sing those songs with the hosts of heaven." I hope you are all singing and praising God this Christmas season to show gratitude to our Father in Heaven for sending His Son. He is the greatest gift we have been given.

Merry Christmas!! I hope you all can think about what it means to have a Savior this week! Look for the many blessings He has given each of us. They are there. You just have to look for His hand.

LOVE YOU ALL!!

xoxo
Sister Boyce


Monday, December 14, 2015

Lights at Christmas

Hi YALL:)

I love December and all it brings. It is a time of giving and sharing. I'm stoked out of my mind because I get to spend not only Christmas time, but every day as a missionary like Christ would- serving, uplifting, loving, and sharing the greatest knowledge I have: That Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. That each of us need Him. That because of Him we can all change and become new, that we can live together as families, and receive the deepest joy unimaginable. And what better gift to give than the hope that comes from the knowledge that we have a Savior. I am so thankful for Him- His miraculous birth, perfect life, and loving sacrifice for each of us. If you haven't seen it yet, (today was the first time I saw it...) watch this video-https://www.mormon.org/christmas/purpose-of-a-savior

The devotional, given by the leaders of our church, was amazing. I loved Bednar's talk. All of the lights we see at Christmas time are to remind of us the source of all light- Christ. He said that He was the "light and the life of the world" (3 Nephi 11:11). So when you pass all of the lights during this time, think of Him.

I have realized, this year more than ever, that this is a season based on families and gratitude.
I have chosen to be away from my family at this time so that I can help other families find the peace and joy that comes from building their homes on the foundation that is Jesus Christ. And sorry, yall- I've got the best family out there. Not even a question.

I love this quote put up in the lady's house we stay with while down in Grand View...

"Happy moments, praise God.
Difficult moments, seek God.
Quiet moments, worship God.
Painful moments, trust God.
Every moment, thank God."

May we all live in an attitude of gratitude this season because of the great blessings we've been given by God. The ultimate expression of His love for us was sending the Savior to the earth.

XOXO Sister Boyce

Monday, December 7, 2015

The Spirit of Christ

MALO!!

Transfers are this week and Sister Merrell and I will be staying in MOUNTAIN HOME!! Hallelujah!! We are so excited to continue working hard!

This morning I was studying the story of Samuel the Lamanite in Helaman 14 when he prophesies of the coming of the Savior. I love this story. He testifies that in five years, a Savior would be born (discover why at Christmas.mormon.org). At the end of the chapter (verses 30-31), Samuel tells the people that because they have been given the gift of agency, central to God's plan, that we can choose for ourselves freely what we may, they can choose eternal life (living with God forever) or damnation (being separated from God and His influence forever). Each of us have that choice. What a great gift and blessing it is. And if we choose eternal life, it is made possible through Jesus Christ. None of us are perfect and we all need Him to be able to receive eternal life.

This one is going to be super short, but I want to share a quote I heard this week.

"Giving, not getting, brings to full bloom the Christmas spirit. Enemies are forgiven, friends remembered, and God obeyed. The spirit of Christmas illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than things. To catch the real meaning of the spirit of Christmas, we need only drop the last syllable and it becomes the Spirit of Christ." -President Monson

I hope that we can all live in the Spirit of Christ this season. It is a time of giving, a time of hope, and a time of peace and joy! What a great opportunity it is to know we have a Savior and know that we can have peace and joy through Him our entire lives and into the next life. Conditional upon whether or not we choose to follow Him.

I love the Savior. I know He lives! I am so grateful for His birth and this time we get each year to focus on Him. Attached is a picture of one of my favorite Creches from the event last week!

I love you all!!

xoxo
Sister Boyce