As long as I can remember, the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day have been completely filled. Shopping, decorating, baking, writing Christmas cards and many other things crowd our schedules and sometimes stress us out or wear us down. Still, I love this Season. Don't you think people are just a little friendlier? Just a tad kinder. Maybe more patient- well just a little more. This year we will spend our very first Christmas without family. We are not complaining. We truly believe nothing of importance happens without some level of sacrifice. We are so blest to have phones, cell phones, email, blogs, websites, digital pictures and good old fashioned mail. It keeps us so close to the people we love the most. We are also so very blessed to share this time of year with our Mission Family. There is no finer group of people anywhere. We are unified in the most rewarding work on this earth- bringing Souls to Christ. So, though we will miss the presence of our family- we feel so very close to them as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. These pictures are of the Mission Office Staff- plus President Pfile. We had a little office party in our home. It was so much fun. We hope your Christmas season is filled with celebrations. We wish you joyous times with family and friends. We pray your hearts are filled with gratitude and love in remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ.