The Christmas party for the Senior missionaries consisted of stuffing gift bags for the young missionaries, having dinner at the mission home, then going to St. Augustine for a rainy ride around the city on an open tram to see the Christmas lights. It rained so hard on the way down there that we considered turning around and going home, but we persevered and the rain slowed down by the time we got there. We are planning to go back on a P day in the daytime when the weather is better. It looks like a good place to visit. There is a lot of history there that would be fun to see.
The Christmas party for the Elders and Sisters was on the 16th. I believe all 162 missionaries were there. We got there at 11:30 AM and finally left to go home after the devotional somewhere around 8:00 PM so it was a long day but it all went well. It was good to meet an Elder Feliz from my sister's ward in Salt lake and to see how happy they all were to get their letters from home and renew acquaintances with past companions etc. The Elders from our Branch rode down with us along with one of their investigators.
The weather here has been cooler and cloudy but we were able to take our bikes out to Big Talbot Island and ride for an hour or so on our last Pday. There were tornado warnings north of here in Georgia last Thursday night that resulted in our missionary coordination meeting being cancelled but there was no threat where we are.
We went to a care facility for the mentally ill last week. We sang Christmas carols with them, gave them some gifts and some refreshments. They were happy to see us and we had a good time.
Joshua Thompson is a 17 year old young man who is a gamer on the internet. He met a returned missionary in Salt Lake on line who was able to interest him in our church. He gave him a couple of discussions on line then called our Branch Pres. who notified our Elders. Josh was baptized yesterday and confirmed in sacrament meeting today. This all happened within the last 5 weeks or so. His mother is also interested so that is really great. We have what are called "Facebook" missionaries in our mission. I don't know all they do but they say they go on line and post things about the church and make friends with those who respond. It is a pilot program for the church and it seems to have some success. It was great the way Josh was found.
Tomorrow is P day again and since we have bought no presents for each other we are going to JAX in the morning to get a little something. We are then coming home to take some gifts to some members and spread some Christmas cheer before settling down in our little abode to watch a Christmas movie. On Christmas we are having the Elders for dinner and letting them use our computer to skype their families. Wednesday will be a work day but we have permission to leave on Thursday and go to Washington DC to attend Cade and Erica's wedding in the DC Temple. We are excited about that and looking forward to seeing some family there.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope you are all well and happy, and that you will have the spirit of Christ in your Christmas this year and always.