The Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Lead the protest rally

It was strange to walk out to the bus stop and not have any interns out there to talk to.  We rode the bus alone to Church.  Our ward numbers were down about half with Christmas break.  Before Church started the bishopric asked if we would bear our testimonies with a Christmas flare because one of the speakers was not able to come.  We were both struggling to pull something meaningful together before the meeting started.  I talked about the magic of Christmas.  It was about giving of gifts.  I made a statement that I had never thought about before.  It was most likely the spirit because I had never thought this thought before.  Heavenly Father's gift was His son and Jesus Christ's gift was His life to atone for our sins.  Christmas is to celebrated Heavenly Father's great gift. The gift of His Son to us.  Easter celebrates Christ's gift to us of His life.

 I was asked this question many years ago.  Who do you love the most your parents or your children?  Immediately you will say your children.  Yet your parents have sacrificed for you and given you everything in their power.  Yet you love your children who continue to take.  You will sacrifice anything for them.  You would easily sacrifice your life.  Christ's ultimate gift we remember every Sunday as we take the Sacrament is His sacrifice for us.

I challenged them to take a moment and give Christ a gift this Christmas.  I shared this quote from Howard W. Hunter at the Christmas devotional in 2002.  Here is a list of gifts that would be appropriate to give the Lord.  "This Christmas, mend a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust.  Write a letter.  Give a soft answer.  Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in word and deed.  Keep a promise. Forgo a grudge.  Forgive an enemy.  Apologize.  Try to understand. Examine your demands on others.  Think first of someone else.  Be kind. Be gentle.  Laugh a little more.  Express your gratitude.  Welcome a stranger.  Gladden the heart of a child.  Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.  Speak your love then speak it again." I challenged them to give one of these gifts or another that would be meaningful to the Savior.

Dave's talk went very well.  He challenged the audience to bind Satan in their lives.  This would serve as a gift for the Savior.

After church we stopped at the National Cathedral.  They have a creche display that is great.  We saw it while Justin and Sarah were here and we wanted to go back and spend some more time and take some pictures.  I carried my camera to church last week.  This week I decided I would just use my phone but both Sundays they were having concerts and they would not let us in unless we had bought tickets for the musical choir.  So we were turned away again today.

Outside the Cathedral was a rally.  There were obvious Muslims there with their head covering and a good size group of Christians. It was a rally or protest with some ministers there and we could here them talking about allowing immigrants into the country.  Probably a group against the comments that Donald Trump has made about not letting immigrants into the country.  (Just a side note.  As missionaries we are instructed to not get involved in politics.  That is not why we are here.  We are to avoid political rally's and talking about politics.) We walked past the group on our way over to catch the bus again to continue home.  A lady said you look like you know where you are going I am following you.  We said we are just going across the street to the wait for the bus but she kept following us.  Side note we are wearing our missionary name tags.  There is about four policemen at the end of the driveway in the street waiting to follow the group and make sure there are no fights that break out.  A couple of the policemen stop us and ask us how far the group is going to march.  We said we didn't know we were just going to cross the street and catch a bus.  There for a minute I thought we were going to be caught up at the head of the protest group.  We were imagining what the repercussion would be if there were two Mormon missionaries leading the rally down the street on the front page of the newspaper.

Protesters marching down the street. 


  1. It's kind of funny that the police thought you were involved. :)

  2. I bet that was a bit frightening.