This year we have had a goal to bring 60 souls unto Christ through baptism. Iceland has been working miracles as they have taught the gospel to many investigators. This week we will have a total of 61 baptisms of which Iceland had four. With Four companionships, this was a wonderful achievement. Christmas Zone Conference began Wednesday evening as they all sang in Selfoss for members and investigators. Thursday the 21st., training took place from 9-1. Training was focused on D&C 4. They studied how the Lord uses the commitment, testify and blessing cycle multiple times in the short section with the focus on repentance and baptism. After that, a slide show of about 20 pictures per elder sent by their families was shown with Christmas music. Presents were handed out from their families. Some of the elders opened them then and others waited for Christmas day. Again they went Caroling to members, investigators and downtown Reykjavik.
That evening, they came back to the church for a late dinner and watched a Disney movie. These Christmases in the mission will be some of their favorite memories. There is so much joy as we focus on the Savior and His message to His children. On Christmas eve and Christmas day the missionaries spent some time at various homes of members and some less active saints. They each were able to Skype their families and enjoyed the holiday. These missionaries are motivated to begin the new year with confidence in the forthcoming promised miracles.
We love these Iceland missionaries, young and senior. They work hard to bring the message of Salvation to those who stand in darkness. They deserve more than we can give but the Lord is in charge...no doubt. The Icelandic people are so blessed to have such disciples among them.