14 Months!!

MERRY (early) CHRISTMAS!!!!!
I hope you all are doing wonderful! I LOVE this time of year when everyone is so open and receptive! It is so amazing!

We are continuing to see miracles each and every night at the Visitors' Center with Festival of Lights! Sister Fowler, the Visitor Center Director's wife, brought her neighbor, Mary, with her one night this week for the Festival of Lights. We were able to meet her and we found out she lives in our area!! She is such a sweet lady and gladly agreed to having us come over sometime! It was so lovely. Last night, we were able to go and visit Mary and she was so happy to see us! She had cookies and Herbal Tea all ready for us on the table and was so interested in the message we got to share. It was so amazing and she is an incredible lady. She wanted to start AND end with a prayer without us even asking! AND she set up her own return appoinment! It was so amazing! We are so blessed to be able to serve in the Bethesda area! I love it so much.

Another miracle that happened at the Visitors' Center happened with a man named Freibergue. He and his family are from Brazil and were at the Festival of Lights for the first time and really enjoyed the spirit that was there. We got talking with them and he said that he definitely wanted to learn more about our beliefs and how we can come closer to our Savior. THEN we found out that their family lives in our area as well!! That was a huge miracle and made us so happy! We are so excited to visit all these people! Our area is getting a lot of referrals from the Festival of Lights and it is such a huge blessing! Lots of members in the ward are also bringing in their non member friends and we get to meet them all! It is so amazing and such a neat way to invite people to come and feel the spirit of this holiday.

On Wednesday, the bishop and his wife invited us over for dinner AND they invited Tara and Reza Ghanadan (some of our investigators that have a son that converted and is on a mission right now). It was so amazing to be able to go over there and have dinner with all of them! The Bishop and his wife are so missionary minded and it is such a blessing to be able to serve with them. The Ghanadans are so incredible and it was so great to be able to teach them some more at the Golightly's home.
So here are a couple of funny stories that happened this week. So for the first one, we were invited over for lunch one day this week by a sweet Asian lady in the ward. She is the BEST. She decided to feed us ALL seafood to boost our energy level with Festival and everything. SO we get over there and she has wonderful lobster and crab all ready on the table. We were so happy to be there. So we get eating and we had to crack open everything in order to eat it. So the sister who invited us over taught us all about how to crack it open and eat it... but I guess I didn't hear right what we could and couldn't eat... turns out I ended up eating the lungs and eggs of the crab... haha... woops! And I thought the lobster had green seasoning in it... nope that was the green gutsy stuff. Aha it was funny. My companion and I had a good laugh about that after! We are still alive so I think it was okay to eat... I hope... My companion and I also manage to find EVERY frozen patch of ice everywhere we go... that is always fun haha. We 've successfully managed to learn how to fall gracefully haha!;)

Lately at the Visitors' Center I have had the opportunity to teach SO many people from India! It is so neat. I remember one night I was talking to this one family from India and they were so intrigued by Jesus Christ and what He has done. They wanted to learn more about Him! It was a tender mercy. On Sunday, we recieved a referral from Festival of Lights to go and see a different Indian family that came in the Visitors' Center and wanted to learn more. So we went over and they were the CUTEST family ever! They were a young couple and had a cute baby boy! They wanted their son to grow up in a good environment and loved the spirit they felt at the Visitors' Center. We got to teach this family about the Restoration of the gospel and they were so sincere and honest seekers of truth. It was such a blessing to be able to teach them. After the lesson, they made us YUMMY Indian food! They accepted and committed to our invitation to come to church on Sunday! We can't wait!

Something sweet: So a non member family walked into the Visitors' Center and a little boy walked past the big statue of Christ and he said, "Mommy! He was holding me in Heaven!" It was the sweetest thing ever and some sisters were able to talk with that family and had a really sweet conversation with them! It was so sweet and made me enjoy the sweet spirit little children have around them always.
Spiritual thought to wrap things up: Sister Haertling shared a really neat experience she had with me. So all last week she has been sick with strep throat (she is feeling better now) and we had to go to lots of doctors appointments until they finally decided it was strep. One time when she was in the doctors office (before they knew she had strep), they pricked her finger to test her blood to see if she had mono. Sister Haertling at this point was so tired of all the doctors office stuff and she wanted to just get feeling better so she could go out and work. She kept praying asking God to make her feel better so she could do His work. While they pricked her finger to test her blood she said these thoughts came to her mind, "I bled from every pore." She said that she KNEW these were not her thoughts and that those words were so comforting to her. Jesus Christ bled from every pore. He knows what we are going through, and He knew exactly what Sister Haertling was going through. Sometimes we feel abandoned or we may feel God is not answering our prayers, but we are never alone as we come unto Christ. Christ is always there reminding us that He has experienced everything and He knows each and every one of us. The more we come unto Christ, the less lonely we feel and more divine help and happiness come into our lives.  I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and remember the true meaning of Christmas and remember what Christ has done for us so that we may return to live with our Father in Heaven.
Love you all!
Sister Megan Freeman
PS: Love you family! Can't wait to skype you all on Christmas Day!! :D :D :D
The sea food the sweet Asian member made for us...


She let me keep the Maryland crab shell! ;)

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