Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas Everyone

"For God So Loved the World" is a piece of art by Simon Dewey. (Matt Crossley, Altus Fine Art)

Hello everyone!

I am so grateful for this opportunity I have to be a missionary and
spread this Gospel of Jesus Christ that I hold so dear to me. 
As I have been out on my mission for about 4 1/2 months now, 
my testimony of the Book of Mormon has grown so much! 
I wish I had read even more before my mission. 
There are so many great stories that teach true doctrine of Christ. 
I absolutely love when I have time to read it. I really value the time I have to study
the teachings our Heavenly Father has given us. 
It helps me find answers and it helps me help others find answers as well.  

I'm glad Elder Bagley and I are together for Christmas also! 
We went to the store to get each other a small gift. But we had to do it without the other knowing what we got... which is super hard as a missionary because you cannot go out of sight of your companion... But we managed and I still don't know what he got me!  haha. 
We were in the toy section of course ;p and I got him a little Spongebob Lego mini figure and a 3 pack Star Wars ship thing :D All together it was only 8 dollars :D  …we had a max of $10. 
It was fun to be able to shop for someone! I love getting things for people and I can’t wait until I have kids to shop for. There are so many sweet toys out there! haha! 
I can't wait to buy my son all of these sweet Lego sets! :D  haha
So yeah, Elder Bagley and I are excited for Christmas :)  We will open each others gifts on Christmas Eve and then our families gifts on Christmas Day morning  :) and then we will skype! Then we will be having dinner with a Spanish family I have not yet met. So that will be fun. 

I have truly enjoyed visiting with families during this time of the year 
sharing a message about Jesus Christ....because that is what Christmas is all about. 
What Christ did was for each and every one of us. No matter our age or situation in life, we are always able to accept Christ and use the atonement in our lives. 
I am so very grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ and all that he has done for me. 
I am so very grateful for my loving family also. 
Without them and their support I don't know where I'd be. 
Our families are so important. 
Heavenly Father has given us families in order for us to be happy. 
We experience so much joy through our families and I wouldn't trade mine for anything! 
During this Christmas season, remember our Savior and tell the ones you love how much you appreciate them. Always have a heart full of gratitude and you will rarely have a negative day! 
Endure well, Persevere, and love everyone you meet. 
Merry Christmas Everyone and I hope you have a fantastic time with your families.  :) 

¡les amo y Feliz Navidad!

With Love, Elder Odland

¡Hasta viernes!

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