Dear Loved ones
The time is once again flying by. With trying to live out of two different houses, organizing the Christmas party, having the Mission Christmas party, taking a friend to the airport and preparing to speak in church has kept us on the go.
Without a washer and dryer at our house we have had to go to the other place to do the laundry. Not really having time to make the whole move has been a little frustrating but who wants to move during Christmas. The move is planned for this Wednesday though so that is a good thing. We have continually taken stuff over as we have gone to do laundry so the actual move shouldn’t be too bad (if any move can be an easy thing).
The Christmas party went off really well. We had 8 nonmembers there which was great. It was so fun to dress the kids up and see how much fun it was for them. Wilson’s had brought 4 of their grandkids so we had a little girl to be Mary so didn’t need to use Hardman’s daughter and son-in-law. The Osborn boys stole the show as the wise men. William was so cute carrying the “gold”. I had told them they could have some of the gold to eat if they were really good and no one could believe how good he was. For him to hold still that long was a Christmas miracle. We watched the Luke 2 video after doing the nativity and then closed with Silent night. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. I felt really good when President Hardman complimented me on a job well done. He really did seem pleased and he is usually so grumpy that when he was smiling I felt like he really was pleased.
On Monday we went to Crestwood for the Mission Christmas party. It was really fun to have the whole mission together. We had a nice program which showed off some of the talent in the mission. Some of those people have voices that they could sing professionally if they desired. We then had a very nice lunch with ham, baked potatoes, salad, green beans and pie. After the dinner we moved all the tables and played some extreme games. We divided into 4 teams, Comet, Dasher, Rudolph and Prancer. We were on the Comet team and our team won most of the competition. They started out with an Elder from each team and they had to put together a 48 piece puzzle and we won. Then they had an Elder and Sister from each team throw an egg back and forth until there was only one team left with an egg and we won. We also won the cow roping contest and the hula contest. We missed on the ping pong ball throw, the orange peel and the marshmallow stuffing contest but they were split between other teams so we came out ahead. We then put all the chairs into two circles with the Sisters in the center and the Elders around the outside. We each had a scarf or tie and played a game where President Brough read a story and every time he said right we passed it right and every time he said left it would go left and when the story ended whatever scarf we had was the one we kept. We had all brought scarves and ties for the game so everyone got one. It was such a good experience to see all of the missionaries who have been in our district but are now in other areas. Can I just say again that I love Mormon Missionaries.
The Elders came to our house to make their phone calls (Facetime calls) on Christmas Day and then we went to the first dinner appointment. We had a wonderful feast and then played the gift game where you have a number and choose a gift but someone with a higher number can swipe your gift. It was really fun with so much of the Skeen family. Evan ended up with a tie he swiped from one of the Elders who had swiped it from someone else and I got a small throw that I swiped and then gave the snowman pillow with it to one of our friends who collects snowmen but was gracious enough to not swipe it from me.
We then went and opened our gifts from the kids and then went to the next dinner appointment. None of us were very hungry but made a good show of it. I have lost some weight from being sick so long so am trying to not eat all the extra treats and gain the weight back.
Now it seems that Christmas was so long ago. On Friday we were back into the usual routine of a District Meeting. It is always good to feel the spirit at those meetings.
We have done something a little different this week though. Our friends who went to Idaho for Christmas left us a key to their house and we have gone out and enjoyed the use of their hot tub on three different evenings. That has really been a treat. We are going to try and get in one more soak after FHE this evening.
Thank you to all who have sent cards and emails. We feel of your love and support and appreciate it especially at this season. I was just a little (ok maybe more than a little) homesick but hearing from you all helped. We both have testimonies of our Savior and His atonement and are so grateful for the opportunity to share that with the good people in this area.
We love you all
Elder and Sister Fullmer