Saturday, December 6, 2014

It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas 
Ev'rywhere you go; 
Take a look at our office space, not a spare inch going to waste,
With letters and packages head to toe. 

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, 
with decorations we adore, 
But the prettiest sight to see is the wreath that will be

On your own front door. 
 Some things never change, even at Christmastime. 
Furniture will still need to be moved...

And old friends, like Sisters Salvesen and Holliday,
recently returned missionaries, will still stop by to visit :)

On Thursday, December 4th, a group of Senior Missionaries left at o dark hundred to watch history being made.  Unfortunately NASA's Orion spacecraft, which would one day send astronauts to mars, was stuck on terra firma for at least another day after the space agency's mission control was unable to satisfactorily resolve a number of issues before the 9:45 a.m. ET launch window closed at Cape Canaveral.
(Of course the launch went off without a hitch the very next day)
 Never fear. Our Senior Missionaries know how to make the best of a disappointing morning at Cape Canaveral, food, lots and lots of delicious breakfast treats.
 There really are flamingos in Florida!
A visit of family from out of state,
is the wish of Elder and Sister Busath,
Alligators that will swim, but not drag you in
is a silly fear at Gatorland that makes us grin...

The Esslinger family came all the way from Meridian, Idaho to Florida for a family vacation and we got to spend time with them before and after their Disney cruise.


 And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.
It's beginning to look alot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere you go;
 On Saturday, our Senior District drove to Christmas, Florida to attend
the 37th Cracker Christmas event.
                                                    President Berry showing off his new "redneck" briefcase
On December 25, 1837, a force of 2,000 U.S. Army Soldiers and Alabama Volunteers arrived near this spot to construct a fort which was aptly named, Fort Christmas. This fort was only one of over 200 forts built during the Second Seminole Indian War, 1835 - 1842. On the first Saturday in December Fort Christmas hosts a huge craft fair and pioneer demonstrations: Weaving, dutch oven cooking, spinning, lace making, blacksmithing, broom making, wood carving, syrup making and.. 
for the first time, ever, a Family History booth sponsored by the Florida Orlando Mission!
 Sister Pierce and first generation pioneer, Sister Damato,
currently serving in the Cocoa area
 Elder and Sister Bean, Utah pioneers and Florida Orlando Senior Missionaries
 There's a fake palm tree in our living room, many outside in full bloom,
The real kind that wouldn't survive the snow.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas;
Soon the bells will start, 
Saturday was our Branch Christmas Party at the Poinciana Pavilion in Village Seven 
 The shepherds and the three wise men ...check out the cute guy in the middle:)

                                 And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing
                                             Right within your heart.

In everything we do and say, how we dress, in how we spend out time, in all the choices we make, we demonstrate what we believe.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life-John 3:16

Can a gift given 2,000 years ago still matter today?  The answer is yes! As we learn the teachings of Jesus Christ and follow His perfect example, we can become more like Him and experience lasting peace and joy-not only at Christmas but forever.

He is the Gift!

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