Elder Dawson

Elder Dawson

Monday, December 26, 2016

Week 67, December 25, 2016-A Mother's Greatest Present!

This post is a little different because we didn't get a letter from Jasen yesterday.  We got to SKYPE! Merry Christmas to me!!

He messaged us a few times throughout the afternoon letting us know that there were four Elders in line before him to use the computers to Skype home.  It was a long wait and then finally...his connection went down.  He messaged that he was going to try Skyping from the home of some church members in his area.  About an hour later we got the long anticipated call.  He was Skyping from someone's phone which gave him mobility.  He immediately introduced his companion, Elder Dunn and a few of the missionaries from his district.  They are such a fun and happy bunch.  Then he walked around outside a bit, showing us the street and the jungle.  It looks like paradise.  
Elder Dunn
We talked about his health, He feels great.  

We talked about his area.  He loves it.  

We talked about how mastering the language is going.  He said he's "boss at Fijian now, because not many of the people of his area speak much English."

We talked about the possibility that he will be transferred soon.  He said it was highly likely that he would be transferred on the 27th of December.  He actually had all of his bags packed and with him and said 'goodbye' to the people in his area just in case.  He said it was very sad to imagine not going home to his little house in the mountains but he is excited to see what the next adventure will be.

We talked a lot about what was happening here in our world; family and friends were the hot topic!  

He showed me a close up of his white shirt.  "See those little black spots, Mom?  Yep, it's mildew! And this is my cleanest shirt!"  His clothes are literally molding on his body because of the humidity. Kinda gross to me, but he just laughed and promised to buy new shirts with some of his Christmas money.

He talked a lot about the great people of Fiji. He loves them!
He is so happy!

Then, he joined his companion and district buddies and he taught the first discussion, all about the importance of Jesus Christ in our lives, in the Fijian language.  It sounded like music to me.

It was shocking how quickly our time with him passed.  We laughed so much.  I cried a little.  His obvious joy in serving and teaching about Christ and his love for Fiji fill his entire being.  His letters are amazing but seeing his face, just beaming with light, was truly incredible.  

I am so grateful that my boy has chosen to take this amazing opportunity to share the joyful message of Jesus Christ and his restored gospel.  I am watching first hand as the spirit of love and service are transforming my child into a man of God.  It is precious to behold.  

Luke 2:10-14

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Merry Christmas!  

A three way Skype with both of my boys was my greatest Christmas present!  

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