So this week started off great! It was my birthday on Monday woo!! Birthday week! Birthday week! We ended up biking to the Stake Center and playing basketball all day which was fun. When we got home Elder Oyler and I had dinner with the Maygren family. It was awesome because it was their daughter, Lilly's birthday as well and she was turning 10. We had a little party and it was way fun, they are such an awesome family.
On Tuesday we went to the Kough's house for dinner and had another birthday party there. Elder Oyler and I both got our own cakes and we are now fat. No but really it was so much cakeeeeee it was awesome! After the party we helped them set up their Christmas tree and decorate it. This whole time Alma was being so cute. She was a ball full of energy flying around putting ornaments up and singing made-up Christmas songs. They were pretty good ones too she like needs to make a CD or something.
Wednesday was another good day. It was Elder Oyler's birthday! He turned the big 20. For dinner we went to Zohra's house, Zohra was one of Elder Oyler's investigators when he first got into the mission field and he got to baptize her. Anyway, we had Afghan food there because she is from Afghanistan and she is super sweet! The food was different...but it was good, it was good. She made a pretty good cheesecake from scratch too.
Friday was the next big day in the weekly line up. We had the Mission Christmas Concert which was pretty much a giant talent show. There was a whole bunch of acts that went on and it was really good. After the talent show part there was a more spiritual part where we had a speaker come in and talk to us. Something that really stood out to me was that we can never quit on anyone. We can't ever give up on someone. Someone needs us and if we don't give our all we will let them down as well as ourselves.
Saturday morning rolled around and we had service to do, we got to go to Arlington Cemetery and put wreaths on the graves. It was probably one of the coolest things I have done so far on my mission. There were thousands of people there and even with all the commotion of that many people, there was a peace. I walked out of there with so much respect for the people who fight for our great country. It was a surprisingly spiritual experience, such a simple act of service by honoring those that have gone on with a wreath. It is something I really want to do again. I can't wait to go back to Arlington, it was just amazing.
Last night we had dinner with the Lyman family. They are a young family with a little two year old boy named Ethan, and a girl on the way. We had a great dinner and afterwards we showed them the "He is the Gift" video. (If you hadn't seen it I highly recommend you watch it!) During the video I looked at Sister Lyman and saw tears running down her cheeks. It really made me stop and think about Christ and the meaning of Christmas. Christ did so much for us we should be able to give a little back, especially during this holiday season.
Speaking of holidays I wish you all a Merry Christmas! Hope it's a great one! Remember Christ. Elder Brady
|Happy 19th Birthday, Elder Brady.|
|Birthday Week for Elder Brady on December 8th,|
and then for Elder Oyler on December 10th.
|Sister Kough made me a wonderful ice cream sandwich cake for my birthday,|
and then we helped them set up their Christmas tree.
|The Finished Product at the Kough Family.|
|Placing Christmas wreaths on the headstones at Arlington Cemetery.|
|What a beautiful site.|