Yea, and from that time even until now, I have labored without ceasing, that I might bring souls unto repentance; that I might bring them to taste of exceeding joy of which I taste; that they might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. ~ Alma 36:24
This past Saturday Brian and I decided to go to a late movie. Once we got out of the movie theater we noticed we had a few missed calls from the Sorensens. They had been calling to find out what my maiden name is so they could find Emily. By the time we got out of the movie, it was too late to call back and I felt bad. The next morning while working on my lesson, Brian came in with our laptop and there on Facebook was this picture of Sharon and Landon with Emily. I guess they asked all the sister missionaries who were the newest sisters in the mission and they eventually found her! It is fun to have so many great Midwestern friends and ward members looking for Sister Kranendonk when they go to the temple.
I have watched the movie "Luke 2" so many times I can't even count any more. This movie is about the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. I know that God loves us so much that He sent His Begotten Son for us. Jesus Christ did something for us that we cannot do for ourselves. I think about how special the day Christ was born. The one thing I love in the movie Luke 2 is the star. I love what the star represents. It was a sign that the wisemen were looking for. They were looking for when the Christ child would come into the world.
When the star appeared, it was a sure sign that Christ had come into the world. What great assurance it brought to the wisemen and to us as we looked down from heaven that Christ was born into the world. Because then we knew that Christ would make the plan of mercy and redemption possible. I am thankful for it. We have heard the saying "Wisemen still seek him." We too need to seek after Jesus Christ more than we do. We need to come to know Him better than we do. We need to serve Him more than we do. I know that Jesus Christ lives. I testify that is true. I know that He is the Son of our Eternal Father in Heaven. I testify that the power of the atonement is for every day living. It is the power in our lives that makes it so we can live. He makes up for what we lack in. Let's make more room in our hearts for Jesus Christ. Let's prepare for that great day when He returns. Merry Christmas!
Time has flown by so quickly, it was time for our monthly visit to the Mesa Temple. We had brought back tons of stuff for Emily in our last trip to Salt Lake. We needed to take her stuff to her. Elizabeth, Molly and I have been working on homemade cards for Emily for a couple months now. This is our way of encouraging her to write to us as much as possible. Finally we got most of the cards finished. I decided it was time to also give Emily that box of cards. I think she was pleasantly surprised.
Emily is doing great and enjoying all of the crowds visiting the temple during the Christmas season. The Christmas lights all around the temple are beautiful, very different from Temple Square in Salt Lake City. She said to tell all of you hi. We enjoyed laughing and chatting for just a few minutes before she had to get back to work. I can't wait to see her again. The young women and young men in our ward are going to the temple for a combined activity in a few weeks. Lucky for me Emily is going to be there at the Visitors' Center every day.