Christmas Day, 2013: Hey everyone, Merry Christmas. They let all the MTC missionaries e-mail for 20 minutes on Christmas day which is great. Still not quite like calling home but it will do. Thank you so much for all of my subarashii* Christmas gifts! I loved the oranges, all the wonderful treats, and especially the lightsaber pens (thanks junebug*!) I have the best family in the whole world. You can still expect a package coming from me soon although I haven’t sent it yet, because I haven’t had any time to. I’ll try to get it out on Saturday. I shared oranges with all the elders in the zone, all of whom were very grateful for Arizona home-grown oishii* citrus.
Yesterday we had an excellent devotional by David F. Evans of the Seventy. Today we get one of the twelve, although I’m not yet sure who that will be. Everyone’s on their toes, hoping that one of their teachers or members of the branch presidency will spill the beans, but they all do a good job of keeping a secret. I’m excited!*subarashii–wonderful*oishii–delicious*junebug–Charlie’s nickname for his little sister, Jane
Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013: On Christmas day Elder Bednar came and gave a great devotional with his wife. We were all super excited when he came into the room. Everyone stood and let out a muffled gasp. He had some people hand out 200 or so cell phones to the congregation and put an ipad and his scriptures at the pulpit, and allowed all of the missionaries from the MTC and in the MTCs around the world to text his ipad questions. Needless to say, Q & A with Elder Bednar was totally righteous. (HAHA) At the very end, he even answered Elder Weir’s question which was “What does it mean to be a special witness of Jesus Christ?” He said that he had received a special witness of Jesus Christ in a way that transcends the five mortal senses. He bore a powerful testimony of Jesus Christ as an apostle and special witness of Him, and then gave us an Apostolic blessing.
We think receiving an Apostolic blessing from a member of the Quorum of the Twelve would be a lovely Christmas present, too! We love that he is doing well, that he is happy and gets along with his companions, and is feeling the abundant spirit present in the MTC. Below is a picture of Charlie and his Christmas package (note the elder in the “cape” holding Charlie’s light saber chapstick!) and another of his district in class. Merry Christmas, Elder Bahr!