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Monday, January 5, 2015

Frohe Weinachten!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Christmas on the mission is definitely different, but we really had a great time. I haven't been able to write in a while so I'll catch you up:

Missionaries are the go-to moving force here in Germany. We moved two families last week! One was a family that has been investigating the church for a few months now, and the other is an older couple who are moving to Leipzig. I'll be honest, at first, these German men had a hard time letting Sisters help with anything heavy, but after I helped move an oven and a fridge, they snapped out of it and actually let us help. (Are you proud, Daddy?)

We've had two really great lessons with Sarah, a young Iranian mother, who loves everything that we have to say. Her English and German is perfect and her 3 year old daughter is absolutely darling. The Spirit has been really strong every time we meet with her. 

Christmas was great. We spent it with the First Counselor in the Bishopric and his family and it was so much fun! When we walked into their house, it finally felt like Christmas: Christmas music playing, handmade ornaments on the trees, family pictures, kids running around screaming. Perhaps the best part was the fact that they showed us THE NEW STAR WARS TRAILER!!! Best Christmas present ever. Markie and Dad: don't spoil it for me next December. We'll see it the day after I come home. 

The most important part of Christmas is the reason that we celebrate it - Jesus Christ. Taking time to think about the life, sacrifice, and resurrection of Christ is something that we should do every single day, not just on Christmas. I am so grateful to be here in Bremen. It's hard to be away from my incredible family, but I wouldn't trade this opportunity for anything. I get to wear a name tag every day that has two names on it: my name, and the name of Jesus Christ. I know that He is the Gift that our loving Heavenly Father gave the world. I know that He lived a perfect life to give us a perfect example. I know that He is our best friend. I know that He lives and that He is with us every single step of every single day. That is why I am on a mission. I love you all and I am so grateful for you. 

Liebe Grüße, 

Sister Grace Hendricks

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