December 15, 2014, Christmas is Almost Here!!!!

We just had the Christmas Zone Conference and it was awesome!!!  We sang, played and ate. This was my last zone conference in the mission. It felt so weird. At the end of every zone conference the ask the missionaries who aren't going to be in the mission for the next one to give a short testimony... This time it was my turn. It felt so weird to stand up in front of everyone and giving my last testimony to all of them. I really have felt that all of these missionaries have become a second family for me in the last 21 months. It was hard to almost say goodbye to all of them. I  really hope that I can stay in contact with them after the mission. 

So the ward is doing fine. The bishop is still the bishop just that he is also the 1st counselor in the stake presidency. He will remain as bishop until they call a new one. The stake has had a lot of progress since I arrived here about 6 months ago. I really hope that with the new stake presidency it can continue to progress and even do it at a faster rate.

Elder Jason Blanding. 

President Christensen,

It was awesome to have had the Christmas Zone Conference this week. It was really fun. I'm really sad that it was my last one. I really have loved my time as a missionary and if I could I would start all over again. I'm absolutely going to give it may all these last few months. It really is a great responsibility to be a missionary but I don't want it to end. I'm going to finish strong.

Elder Perez is really learning fast. I don't [feel] alone while I'm teaching or anything. He still has a lot to learn but over all he seams to be getting the hang of being a missionary. What would you suggest to help him learn even faster? What more could I do?

Elder Blanding.