Saturday, December 24, 2016

Week #23 - A Penang Christmas: December 19, 2016 – December 23, 2016

Christmas in Penang
Merry Christmas!

This week in Penang, we celebrated Christmas with the branch! It was great fun! Members and nonmembers joined together for a time of singing, a program, and food. Even in a mostly Muslim country, many people from Christian or other religious backgrounds came together to learn of Christ, who He is, and join together in worshipping song and praise. We shared the Christmas initiative, the meaning behind Christmas, and the primary put on a nativity play. It was a very spiritual night. Of course, in Penang, the food was not traditional ham and potatoes, but full of the cultures of Penang, including curry, rice, tofu, and mee (noodles). Every 3rd Sunday in the Branch is a potluck full of the different cultures of Penang. I've never seen people love food as much as the people of Penang! It has been so amazing to see how Christmas brings people together and softens hearts. As we bike around in Penang, even though there are many Muslims, everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, is so happy to talk with us and wish us Merry Christmas. I am so thankful for all of you in my life, and for the examples of Christ like love and service you have demonstrated in your everyday life. At this special time of year, may we remember to make room for the Savior in our lives, to remember those less fortunate, and to seek His counsel in all that we do. For He is the perfect example and light of all mankind.

The branch potluck

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