Hello everyone! Everything is going great here in snowy Wisconsin. It is definitely different living in a place where it is snowing so much, but I am actually really excited to be able to have a white Christmas. Hopefully it will still be white and snowy then! Fingers crossed ;). The weather has been pretty cold, but nothing that I can't handle. I think the worst is the wind. It just cuts right through you! The other day we went mall contacting and I think I lost all feeling in my legs just because of the wind! We would be walking outside and then have to go inside the mall just to warm up for a little bit. It's all worth it though to be able to share the gospel!! :)
So what are you all doing for Christmas? I am super excited because I get to Skype with my family. I also love this time of the year because people are so open to hearing about Jesus Christ. We have used the method of caroling and that has seemed to work very well. People love hearing Christmas carols. It also helps that we can sing :). I don't know if the elders really have that advantage! ;)
The really sad thing for this week is that we are finding out about transfers on Saturday, and it is most likely that I will be leaving this area. I have been here since the beginning and it has been 6 months!! It's crazy that it has been that long here, but I love it so much. The people here are so kind and I have come to feel like part of their families. I know that wherever I go is where the Lord needs me, but the people of Brookfield will always have a little piece of my heart. Although I love my companions and I know that they will take good care of Brookfield if I go!
So this week I feel like all the other weeks, has been filled with miracles. One that I wanted to share was when we met Tom. I hope that I never forget him! We were on exchanges, which means that we basically trade companions for the day, so I was with Sister Westra and Sister Nelson. We decided that we were going to go mall contacting that day. We started out and I had decided that I was going to talk to every single person! My companion even told me that I looked like Santa's elf because I kept saying Merry Christmas to everyone! So we started and it didn't seem like we were going to have much success, and so we decided that we were going to try tracting instead, and then that is when we met Tom. We were walking right by Sears when we saw him and decided to say hi. We stopped and talked with him for a bit and he was willing to hear a message about Jesus Christ. Right from the beginning the spirit was so strong. We opened up the Book of Mormon and showed him the picture of Jesus Christ. Through talking with him we found out that he was dying of cancer. He didn't have very long to live. He thanked us for the kindness that we had and we were able to say a prayer with him. He said he might not have time to meet with us because of what was going on, but he said that he would take our number and let us know. With tears in his eyes he hugged us and then continued walking. He also took the copy of the Book of Mormon along with a pamphlet of the Plan of Salvation. After meeting Tom we were all filled with such a strong spirit. We knew that Heavenly Father had sent him to us. We were grateful that we met him and had such a great experience. For me it was a testimony that Heavenly Father knows me and he knows Tom. He loves us so much and he sends us these miracles as a way to show us his love!
A funny story that happened after that was another older man that we met. He was smoking outside and we had walked up and started talking to him. Basically he somewhat started hitting on us! He wanted to give us ten dollars so that we could go get a hot chocolate or something. We graciously told him that we couldn't take it and tried to go on our way. We were able to leave a Book of Mormon with him, but he didn't want us to say a prayer with him. The funniest part about it was that he went to give Sister Westra a hug and she tried to push him away but he kept going and gave her a hug. Then he proceeded to give me and Sister Nelson a hug. Afterwards we were just laughing at the situation! We were just grateful he took the Book of Mormon and we hope that he will read it! :)
John 16:33 "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." In my personal study this has been a scripture that I have come across that has meant so much to me. He has overcome the world!! How amazing is that?? It means so much to know that he is there for me. He has overcome everything for me and for you. I am grateful that I get to share this with everyone. Especially during this Christmas season. I hope that we can all do what Elder Ballard has asked and reach out to just one before Christmas. Service is the best gift that we can give to our Savior. I love all of you and I hope that you have a great holiday season and make sure that you spend time with those you love. I am grateful for all of the support that I receive. It means more to me than you will ever know :).
Sister Brewster :)
I loved my day at the temple, it seems like forever between trips.