Friday, December 30, 2016


Title: Milagro de Navidad

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!!!!! πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„ what a blessed week and what a
blessed time to be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day-Saints!! I could not ask for a better present than to be
here serving the wonderful people of northern Georgia!! Liz got
baptized this weekend (see Saturday and pics)! I had the beautiful
opportunity of performing that sacred ordinance. To say the least I've
never seen someone so happy in my life. Such a wonderful week!

Wednesday: this was our actual PDAY because of the past Half Mission
Conference that I loved so much! But we went on another hike with the
sisters in our district Sister Forbush and Sister McGrath! Beautiful
hike but I got an early Christmas present during it! There's little
wooden landmarks around the trail that open up to show nature
information and I opened one up and a 2$ bill that said "Merry
Christmas" fell out! I was so shocked hahaha. Someone I'll never meet
made my day! How cool is that concept?? Taught Liz how to pay tithing

Thursday: Liz and Manuel after our lesson with them yesterday went
directly to the court this morning a bought their marriage license and
so we found out that she was going to make her date!! So we planned
everything super fast including wedding plans and baptism plans! I had
never been so busy! It was awesome though! We went Contacting in a
popular bakery where all the Hispanics go and I had a guy my age come
up to me and ask where my church was!! Right place right time! Named
Jimmy Ruiz. Also some members from a different ward saw us and slapped
us a 20$ bill so we bought a ton of baked goods! Bastante rica! Too
much happened today ahhhh

Friday: WEDDING BELLS!! Liz and Manuel got married this morning at
10:30 AM in the bishops office! We had the opportunity to be present
during it! My trainee Elder Fillingim told me he's never seen me smile
so much! I was so happy for them. Such a beautiful, new family. Right
after that she had her baptismal interview with Elder Raymond my
district leader, and she passed with flying colors! She asked me to
baptize her and then Elder Reyes to confirm her! More happened today
but to be real I couldn't stop thinking/praying for this family. So

Saturday: we set up the entire service that morning and filled up the
font! It was beautiful. We had great member support and a great
service planned and conducted! The talks were beautiful and so was the
message my companions shared about the Restoration! After I performed
the baptismal ordinance with her, as we were both exiting the font I
turned around and said, "LIZ, FELICIDADES!" And she only said "Thank
you!!" back, but I've never seen someone smile so big and look and
feel so happy wow. I got ready before she did and she came back out
with the same smile. I'd never felt so much joy for another person.
Her faith has inspired me incredibly. In the last 3 weeks she had a
newborn son, got married to her returning-member husband, and got
baptized into the true church of Jesus Christ. Amazing. Never forget
this journey we had with her and will continue to have with her!!!

Sunday: Elder Reyes confirmed Liz today as a member of the church, and
we joined in the circle! Awesome! We came up with a new idea to go
visit a ton of less Actives after church. We each created separate
lists and found a member who wanted to go with us after church to see
those who weren't in the chapel today! Such an awesome idea! Very very
productive especially with a Trio!!!

To be honest I cannot express in a single paragraph the joy I feel in
my life everyday from being out here and serving my God. So I will not
try, but I just want to bare my solemn and firm testimony that I know
Jesus Christ lives. He's my foundation and my strength and will
continue to be as long as I live. I know that miracles can come to
pass through faith and that when we have faith we will not fear. Fear
cannot coexist with faith. Have a wonderful Christmas. I am thankful
for the greatest family and friends in the world. I love you allπŸ™πŸΌ
Merry Christmas!!!!

Elder Macdonald

If you want to send me letters, packages, or anything my address is:

1403 Mack St Apt A
Dalton, Georgia 30720

1) Present from the hike:)
2) Dalton Krew
3) Comps πŸ™πŸΌ
4) Ortiz Family and Moras
5) young women's Present to me❤️
6-8) Liz's Baptism

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