In case you haven’t time for a 25 day missionary countdown, I present to you the twelve days of Missionary Christmas!
Please be sure to include your missionary’s companion in any packages sent.
Jesus Christ has over one hundred different names in the scriptures. Here are just a few of the names our Savior is known by.
Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
Package idea: FUN cereal! We asked our missionary to find out his companion’s favorite, so we could include that in the package as well!
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Package ideas: Glow sticks, reading lights, glow-in-the-dark ceiling stars, anything ‘light’ themed!
And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Package ideas: There is no beginning, nor end to dirty laundry! Laundry detergent; dryer sheets; spray and wash; bleach, anything laundry cleaning related!
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Package ideas: Make personalized stationary. Along with the stationary, send stamped envelopes, so the missionaries can send letters home!
When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Package ideas: Tylenol, Advil, band-aids, moleskin, antibiotic ointment, anything a missionary might need to take care of first aid!
And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them; and that Rock was Christ.
Package ideas: Pop rock candy; candy that looks like small rocks, but is actually chocolate; candy coal.
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Package ideas: Cotton balls; Q-tips; Kleenex; cotton socks.
Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
Package ideas: Instant oatmeal, hot chocolate, anything requiring water to make.
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
Package ideas: Chocolate coins; gift card for ‘fun’ Christmas treats.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
Package ideas: Personal hymnal with family members’ favorite hymns noted; candy canes representing the shepherds’ staffs for missionary to hand out to investigators.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
Package ideas: Poster-sized drawing of the nativity scene with small notes from your ward’s primary children to your missionary; Christmas pajamas.
Giving praises to God for His goodness and glory!
Package ideas: A handwritten letter, including testimony, from everyone in our immediate family. I’ve also asked the bishop, former seminary teacher, stake president, ward mission leader, and former young men’s president to write our missionary a letter with their personal testimonies included.
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Growing up all over the world gave Emlee Taylor an opportunity to see the incredible differences the Lord created in humanity; and even better, the passions we all share as members of the human race: love for family, faith, & a desire to make a difference. Emlee lives life with passion—focusing her time now on raising four children and teaching them to recognize truth and to live true to that truth, regardless of others’ expectations. Emlee is passionately in love with her bestest friend and husband of more than 20 years.