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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!...

Hey everybody!

So this has been a Very exciting week. I'm wondering how I'm gonna fit it all into one email, but I'll try and hit all the good stuff. So first off, to continue the experience with our investigator Mike from last week. We were able to meet with him this past Friday. Me and Elder Thorup prepared like none others for this lesson. Mainly because we know neither of us are perfect teachers and we care a lot about mike already and his progression. So, we planned on sharing the plan of salvation with him, which is what we did. He had some real sincere questions about the pre-earth life and about what happens after this life, and with the help of the spirit and eachother we were able to answer all of mikes questions and help him understand the plan of happiness that god has provided for all of us. Everything just sort of clicked for him. He still has some questions about Joseph smith and the book of mormon because we had to kind of teach the restoration as we went along. But it really was the help we received from the lord and mikes readiness to listen and learn that allowed the lesson to go really well. We left mike with a Book of Mormon and he is really excited and willing to read and learn. We plan on going over again this Friday, so we'll see how he has taken everything in. Mike is a very sharp guy so he has seemed to comprehend all that we've taught him, which is Awesome! All in all me and elder thorup are so excited to keep working with him and meeting with him. We are both humbled to have been led to Mike to be able to share the gospel with him and bring him closer to Christ. I know the gospel will bless Mikes life if he chooses to except it, and in the meantime its still such a blessing to be teaching someone like mike and showing him the way to true and lasting happiness. The gospel is for EVERYONE. Thats the best part about it, is that we are ALL asked to come unto Christ and find rest, relief, joy, and peace. I know that Christ and his gospel can do that because I have seen it.

So today, early this morning, around 3:00am we got to go to the temple! Luckily awesome members of the ward here, the Hastings were able to take us and join us there. The temple again was so amazing. They had the lights up still for Christmas, and since it was still early in the morning we got to enjoy em'. Its Always an opportunity to get to go to the temple, especially the LA temple. Its just so Big and Magnificent (best word to describe it). And the drive up and back are nice too. We get a good view of Downtown LA and Hollywood. Its weird to think that Im actually in California sometimes, just because I usually dont think about it. But more and more I am beginning to love it here. Not saying Id want to live here, but being here in the service of the lord has made me love it for what it is.

I know this email is pretty dang long so I'll go ahead and wrap things up. All in all this week was Great. Christmas, then the temple today has just been Really nice. I also just want to thank Everyone who sent me letters, cards, packages, and anything else. I was really lucky to have so many gifts and things from people that I care about. It made Christmas feel a little more like home. Well, I hope yall have a great week, and keep things good! Happy New Year, God Bless, and until next week.

Love, Elder Page

This is the Zone! We went Christmas caroling on Christmas and Christmas eve :)
Gotta Love those Christmas Crackers! Its a British thing ;)

After District Meeting
Elder Chase got me to gaze across the way at the Chase Building.

His Trainer & Companion

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