I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! I know this year and last year of course have been rough as far as gathering with family and friends, but hopefully each if you were able to spend Christmas with family.
I think I’m going to be brief again this week. Over the weekend I caught something (probably a cold) and it’s been difficult for me to concentrate. I had so much to talk about today, so I’ll try to get everything in, but simply.
I got the chance on Tuesday to go on exchanges with my STLs, and stayed with Sister Davis in her area in Mount Pleasant. I met a wonderful friend of their’s and we had a powerful lesson as we talked about the companionship of the Holy Ghost, something he has been seeking for. We were bold in our invitations and I think it helped me to realize that it’s not as scary as I thought it would be to be bold. I would add, bold with love.
We stayed the night at the STLs that night so we coukd do our laundry in their washer and dryer, rather than the bucket we have here in our apartment (we’re working on that), and so we could join the missionary choir at an additional Zone Conference. I didn’t even realize it at the time, but it was for the Lansing and Spanish Zones and I would get to see Sister Johnson (from my first district) for the first time in 7 ½ months! When she saw me, she gave me a big hug and wouldn’t let go. She looked on the verge of tears, and I probably would’ve cried had I not been so dehydrated. I missed her so much! I’ve seen everyone from my district still here on the mission at least once or twice since we all left that district. Two of the Elders became my zone leaders (Elder Bradford in Grand Rapids, and Elder Zacher here in Midland) and Elder Nelson I see occasionally and have been seeing more frequently since this last transfer. Elder Moray, Sister Harris, and Sister Adams all went home, and Sister Anthon, our youngest addition in the district was in my same zone for quite some time. So Sister Johnson was the only one I hadn’t seen since the split of our district. It was pretty special.
As far as Cbristmas goes, we were given permission to watch a Christmas movie, and I got to watch The Polar Express- my favorite Christmas movie. I thought I would just miss it this year, but I was so thrilled when I found out I could watch it.
We were also able to spend a portion of Christmas in Bay City with some other missionaries including Sister Evans! (MTC comp). One of the members there made us some stockings, which just made my day. Christmas was really special, and members really everywhere played a big role in that.
We had a wonderful moment yesterday with a new friend when he really opened up to some of the struggles and questions he had. He also invited us over to meet his family, and we could not be more excited to be working here in West Branch! It was such a tender mercy and miracle to have made contact with someone, let alone start teaching them. Well see where the Lord leads us as far as teaching, but I’m excited either way. It’s such a blessing to know that our efforts are not wasted.
Well. I think that’s all for this week. Hope you all have a Happy New Year and I’ll write more next year!!!! 🤯🥳 2022
Sister (Katie) Malan
Pictures! (Thinking of Michelle, Exchanges With Sister Davis!, The Retirn of The Jedi Council- Sis. Johnson & Elder Nelson, MY STLs!!! -Sister’s Davis • Hansen • Ross • Schmidt, Not Part of This Zone, SISTER JOHNSON, Christmas Eve With Sister Mullen!)