This is the white elephant gift I got from the mission Christmas party. I put a family picture in it.
Happy navidad! it was awesome talking to you guys again! i miss you all lots and lots! As always it weemed really short so there were a lot of things that i wasnt able to say in there so i will try and remember them all now but no promises...
Christmas for us was pretty chill! we visited a few people, more members but it was good, we havent had too much trouble finding stuff to do this christmas so that has been really nice because i remember last year i didnt really know what i was doing and we did not use our time very wisely haha. but it has been good. Christmas eve we didnt have anyting to do after a few things failed in the morning so we went out with our "he is the Gift" cards and just started talking to everyone in the street! it was awesome though because we found this guy that we had been trying to contact but we didnt know him... we just walked up to this guy and started talking to him about christmas and stuff and then asked him if we could come visit him and he said of course that the doors would be wide open for us! sweet! so he tells us where he lives and we realized that it was the house of the sister of one of our investigators named Fernando! we had been trying to find a way to get to that family for a while because their daughter goes to church with Fernando and his family so we definatley have an appointment with them for later on tonight.
also, to help us contact people we started playing a game where we had to say a key word during the conversation... so my comp was like a pro, one time he had to say motorcycle and he totlally just snuck it in there without them even noticing, "people are more interested in buying cars and motorcycles than in JEsus" and another time where he just alked about a seed like a pro... i however, am a little biut more CLUMSY with my delivery... one time he gave me the word Honduras... so i was like alright this will be ok, i can do this.. So we get talking to this girl and as we were talking i remembered that i had to say honduras.... so without any tact or anyting ata all i just bust out with "are you from honduras?" gaaaahhhhhh.... bumbling idiot! she gave me the wierdest look, and the same to my comp... yeah... she still said we could pass bye but, i totes sounded like amiassive idiot, another time he gave me the word Lung... so i said in the middle of the contact, jesus is the reason that we can breath with our lungs.... yyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeppppppppppppppp. the pure essence of being smooth and subtle, that Elder GoLd for ya. but it was good, we found some good people.
On christmas eve night, which is really the biggest deal here, we ate with this awesome little family who gave us some candy and mugs as a gift and then went home and went to bed... that was all. sooo yep. pretty calm. Chrsitmas day we woke up, opened up our other gifts that we had from some other members. and from the fam and then kept studying , went to go do our weekly planning and then in the afternoon went to go visti a few poeple before calling you and then we went our caroling with some members at night, caroling was fun! we all packed ourselves into the car so we could go from house to house. to some investigators and some members. then the day after christmas it was all over. thus the christmas celebration is basically gone. everyone is talking about new years now haha.
Also, speaking of Fernando... we were talking to him this week and he told us that he wants to get baptised!!! he says he know its true and he loves what hes learning! now... its complicated because he is currently living with a woman and she doesnt want to get married yet... so thats a little complicated for now, but she is awesome as well and she goes to church and reads and prays and everything, she just is afraid of marriage, so we will probably be seeing them get bpatised pretty soon! im super excited for that as well!
All in all, we have seen lots of tiny miracles the past few days, lots of people who we can see are truly being prepared to recieve the restored Gospel. it is SUCH a blessing in our lives if we let it be. i know lots of members who just feel constantly afflicted for stuff thats going on, but thats because they dont understand the gospel well enough. When we take upon us Christs burden, and lose ourselfes in Him. he gives us all the hope and help that we need to be able to enfront any difficulty. I love the Gospel. i know this is true. I hope all of you also know that, and if you dont, you can come to know it, just by living it, but living it fully.
Have a great week! i love you all soo much!