Dec. 23, 2014 – Week 13

Hello everyone! Once again, I have only a couple minutes to email, I wish I could describe in depth the many wonders that we continue to see every week by the hand of the Lord. All is well!

One quick update/scary story…on Sunday night, my companion, Sister Reeder, was in a biking accident. We were going down a giant hill and her brakes weren’t slowing down fast enough. She fell off her bike and passed out. Luckily there are so many angels here in the Netherlands, both heavenly and real people. About 15 people rushed to help us and stayed with us as we called an ambulance and waited. Seriosly everything is okay now! Don’t worry! There was no damage but she had to stay at a hospital overnight because she had fainting spells. A member of the ward took Sister Jensen and I home for the night and we picked her up in the morning. We are so grateful that she is now in good health and that we were all protected. Our new catchprase around here is “too many blessings!”

Aside from that, there were so many wonderful things that happened this week. The spirit that comes along with the Christmas season is abundant and strong. One thing I’ve been thinking about is the story of the shepherds at Christ’s birth. They were so poor and in the world’s eyes insignificant but they were called to be witnesses for Jesus Christ. I think that’s how we all are. We sometimes may not feel important but the Lord can magnify us to make us into something great! So rely on the Lord, set goals, don’t be afraid to change or reach something you’ve never reached! With faith, all things are possible.

Before I sign off, I just want to share my testimony of Jesus Christ for this beautiful Christmas season. I know that He is our Savior. Without a doubt. He cares for you so personally and desires for you to take his hand. He loves you. Through Him, we can return to our Heavenly Father and live gloriously with our families throughout the eternities. He is our friend and brother. How greatful I am for His infinite love!

I hope that you all have a peaceful and happy Christmas and that you take time to think of it’s true meaning.

Love, love, love,
Sister Manning

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