Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas with Elder Ballard!

Hello from the West Coast!

At the end of this Transfer I will be 6 months into my mission! Sooooooo crazy!

Momma, thank you soooo much for the Christmas CD! I listen to it every day, and it makes me sooo happy. About my foot, it’s very sore and I have to hop around a lot. Yes I’m taking care of it.

The highlight of the week was Elder M. RusselL Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles coming to our mission!!! Our entire mission of 165 missionaries came together in Ventura Stake Center early on Saturday and awaited his arrival. It was absolute bliss. 

The theme of his talk was "Let Us Adore Him" because of this great Christmas Season we are in the midst of! As members of this wonderful Church we have a lot of knowledge and RESPONSABILITY to help prepare the world for the second coming of Jesus Christ. We must be able to teach more powerfully than the other influences in the world that seek to take over and destroy the family. 

As we talk to more people daily about the gospel, we will see more success in our work and Heavenly Father will be able to open up new opportunities. Simply because we act in Faith. "Faith is a Principle of Power", which occurs usually because we ACT in faith. 

One of the most Inspiring  things that Elder Ballard said, was for us to imagine passing on from this life. And then seeing family and friends that will ask us, "Why didn't you tell me? You had the truth and didn't tell me?!" We all have had experiences where we could have opened our mouth and testified of Christ…but for some reason, we chose not to.

You cannot die out of being a missionary. You cannot die out of doing missionary work. God has trusted you with the knowledge that I hope you all have. The ONE THING He asks in return is that you share it. 

This Christmas Season let us walk with the name Jesus Christ on our lips. And testify that He is the "true" reason for the season.

Adore him!

Love, Elder Judd

Caroling with the YSA ward
 A member sent us this picture.  If you know Benji at all, this is totally him!

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