Merry Christmas!

We love the Elders and Sisters that are serving in the
Nevada Las Vegas West Mission.
We appreciate parents and family and friends
that are such a great support to them. 
Christmas in the mission is different.
Recently a friend sent the following to me--
1. Last Christmas we were counting our money;
this Christmas we are counting our blessings.

2. Last Christmas we were giving thanks for gifts from stores;
this Christmas we are giving thanks for gifts from our Heavenly Father.
3. Last Christmas we valued things that were costly;
this Christmas we value things that are holy.
4. Last Christmas we were wrapping gifts;
this Christmas we are wrapped up in the work. 

5. Last Christmas we looked into people's eyes when we spoke;
this Christmas we look into their hearts.
6. Last Christmas we prayed to obtain a testimony;
this Christmas we pray to share our testimony with others.
7. Last Christmas we were impatient with the weaknesses of others;
this Christmas we are working on our own.
8. Last Christmas we read the scriptures as a duty;
this Christmas we read them as a joy.
9. Last Christmas we thought it was enough to celebrate the holidays;
this Christmas we are finding ways to consecrate them.
10. Last Christmas Las Vegas was just a place on a map;
this Christmas it is a place in our hearts.
Las Vegas is a place in all of our hearts.
There are wonderful people here, we have incredible experiences, we see miracles take place in
people's lives as they embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ.  The gospel blesses families,
it brings peace....a peace that comforts and sustains and blesses.  The gospel brings
us a sense of knowing who we are, that we are children of a loving Father in Heaven,
the gospel brings us happiness.
We love being part of the missionary work taking
place in the Nevada Las Vegas West Mission.
Merry Christmas!


  1. We thank you for all the effort you put into being such great "mission parents" for our son and all the elders and sisters in the mission. We are so grateful that our son is serving the Lord on a mission and shaping his testimony for all the years ahead. We are daily praying for his success and yours. With love and appreciation, Merry Christmas! The Wanners

  2. Anonymous12/25/2012

    Thank you for such a beautiful thought on Christmas. What a Missionary Christmas is like is what all of us should have in our hearts all of the time, not just Christmas. Thank you for taking care of our sons for the time they are there serving the Lord. Merry Christmas.
    Sister Stewart

  3. "And there were in the same country shepards abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night" Thank you for being His good sheperds and caring for for our little flocks at this time.

    "And when they had seen the babe the sheperds made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child."
    How thrilling it was for us to see our son today and see how his testimony of our Lord and Savior is growing and how he is learning to share. Thank you for allowing them to reach out.
    May He bless you this Christmas and always.

  4. Anonymous12/26/2012

    We hope all parents and missionaries had a wonderful visit with their families. Thanks President and Sister Black for your loving care of our sons and daughters as they serve their Savior.

    The Edwards