I am actually doing pretty good with the cold. Layers do wonders! I realized that my problem with the cold at home was that it was too cold to just wear a sweatshirt outside but not cold enough to wear four layers inside. It really isn't that bad. We had snow stay on the ground for the first time on Sunday. It was quite pretty! I haven't seen that before but I am glad I get to see it for at least two more years. I've been dreaming of(and singing about) a white Christmas for years and I finally have a chance at seeing one. I was quite giddy when we walked out of the church building yesterday and there was snow on the ground. I probably looked pretty ridiculous but hey, that is what happens when you grown up by a beach.
The work has been awesome. Did I tell you where our Zone Conference is? Nazareth! There is also a Bethlehem not too far away. It is sometime next week and I am so excited to see all the missionaries that serve around here. In my ward things have been good. We just got a ward mission leader(we have been without one for about 5 weeks) and things are coming together. It is pretty awesome. We are working with people to quit smoking and come to church and they are making progress. They haven't quite made it yet but I know they will make it soon. I have seen in a very real way that Satan is real and that he works on us pretty hard. He tries hard to be in the details of our lives. He is a pretty cheap imitation for God's matchless power and love. I have seen that God loves each of us. I know he is real and wants all of His children to return to his fold. "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." John 10:16
We have been in His presence before and I know that He desires to have us with Him again. It is amazing the power that comes from this gospel that Christ has given us.
Love Always,Elder Joseph Engelman