Thursday, December 26, 2013

4th Week-Christmas Letter

Merry Christmas!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Eve and are are having a wonderful Christmas morning.

I hope you have found much joy during this holiday season where the Holy Ghost can enter into the hearts of many. I hope you had a wonderful Sunday and Sacrament Meeting learning and remembering about the Birth of the Savior. Remember that Christ is the meaning of Christmas.

Remember the true spirit of Christmas is all centered on Christ. This is a wonderful day to remember the birth of the Savior of the world and how his purpose could now be fulfilled. 

I highly recommend reading Luke 2, Mosiah 12-16, and 1 Nephi 11 to learn about the Savior and the prophets and apostles that foretold of his ministry. Ponder the words to the Hymn "Abide With Me, 'Tis Eventide." Although that hymn references after the Resurrection on the road to Damascus, it truly teaches us how we should want the Savior in our life. Christmas has been good. We did a big service project making care packages for infants.

For Unto Us A Child Is Born by Simon Dewey
We finished 2 hours early so we had the opportunity to share some of our favorite scriptures and sing hymns in our zone. The Holy Spirit was very wonderful when we sang and Shared. I have two devotionals today and all the zones have a couple songs we will sing in a festival of carols. We [my zone] will sing "Angels We Have Heard On High" and "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem."

This is such a wonderful experience in the CCM. I am grateful for all the spiritual experiences I've been able to have. I know that I am doing the right thing and that the Lord wanted me here to serve. I am so grateful for our living prophet, Thomas S. Monson and his counselors and the Quorum of the 12 Apostles. I know that Christ lived and died for us and that He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. I know that this Church is true and I am so happy to devote two years to my Lord even Jesus Christ.

I love you all! Have a very Merry Christmas.
 — at Centro de Capacitación Misional México

Love, Elder Braden Dahl
Joshua 1:9 "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." (written 12/25/2013)

Glossary of Terms (by Stacie Dahl (Mom)):
CCM – Centro de Capacitación Misional México which means Mexico Missionary Training Center (MTC)
Sacrament Meeting - Our primary family worship service is called sacrament meeting. This meeting is held in our chapels on Sunday and lasts approximately 70 minutes. A typical meeting would consist of: singing Hymns, Prayers offered by local Church members, Partaking of the sacrament (communion) bread and water and 2-3 assigned speakers frequently from the local congregation.
Living Prophetinspired men called to speak for the Lord, as did Moses, Isaiah, Peter, Paul.  President Thomas S. Monson has served as the 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since February 3, 2008. 
Counselors - The President of the Church (prophet) selects two other apostles as counselors. These three function as the First Presidency, which is the highest governing body of the Church. Members of the First Presidency are special witnesses of Jesus Christ, called to teach and testify of Him throughout the world. 
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles - second-highest governing body in the Church; Apostles are special witnesses of Jesus Christ, called to teach and testify of Him throughout the world. 

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