|The Missionaries of "El Centro" with the Gonzalez Family|
Wow, we had a good time this week. Christmas was really good and I had a good time. It’s strange to think that this was my last Christmas in the mission.
So everyone (us missionaries) was pretty excited for Christmas to start out the week.
Monday was simple. We did our contacts and found a complete family. We have been talking to some youth in the Street and there are a group of boys that are always playing soccer out in the streets and we have been talking with one specifically. His name is Sebastian. A few days earlier we asked if we could pass by and he said yes. We stopped by on Monday and he let us in. We had a good short lesson by sharing He is the Gift. We then went to a FHE with Carlos Gonzales and he invited a couple that he knew that lived down the street. Their names are Jonathan and Solange. It went really well. We talked about Christmas and sang hymns. We also shared a bunch of guacamole and chips.
So on Tuesday the ENTIRE MISSION headed to Chillan to go to the annual mission Christmas Devotional. The mission contracted like 6 busses to go out and pick up all the missionaries and get them to and from the activity.
It was awesome seeing all the missionaries there and seeing all the friends I’ve made over the last year. It was good spending some good time with everyone. To start it out every zone had to do a skit. We simply took it spiritually and performed a couple songs as a choir and had some of the elders act out a scene of finding a man, teaching him and later him being baptized. There were some hilarious skits all in all.
After that, we watched the Christmas video that the office elders put together, listened to a talk that Elder Ferreira gave (The area 70 here, yes good old Elder Ferreira from Nonguen) and ate lunch. We had a great time.
|Mexico City MTC group reunited, good old District 9A|
|Felipe Vergara with Elder Haws|
|E. Sanabria, E. Garcia, Felipe, E. Haws, E. Bird|
Wednesday: Christmas Eve
Our highlight was going to Carlos Gonzalez’s house for Christmas Eve dinner. We had a simple dinner. Carlos cooked up a huge mound of meat and his spouse Nancy is from Mexico so we had some Mexican side dishes as well. It was great spending some time with them and enjoying Christmas.
|An awesome Chorillana for Christmas Eve|
Christmas was very simple for me. Elder Stockford and Castellon wanted to go out and play soccer at the church in the morning so they went leaving Elder Letelier and I at the house to relax and enjoy the morning. We went to lunch, then came back and called the family, then we went to an activity that the mission put on and we went back and relaxed a bit more at the chapel while some people played soccer. It was a simple day. The greatest thing was talking with the family. It didn’t make me too homesick but really lifted my spirits.
Friday through the weekend:
Not much happened because a lot of people just left the city for Christmas. It was a bit of a struggle getting to teach people because the whole weekend was pretty much one whole holiday. But we did see success. We called our Golden investigator, Estefano, on Friday and asked how he was doing. He said that he had been reading the book of Mormon and he said that he had been learning things that he didn’t know before. Also he said that he had been praying every day and it had been working… We invited him to church and he was all for it! We were stoked. We passed by Sunday morning as we had said and he was all ready. We went to church. He loved it and even participated a lot in the gospel principles class. We are so stoked to continue to work with him. We have faith that if he continues to keep his commitments, he will be baptized in no time.
It was a good but simple week. Now we are in another cambio! Elder Stockford is leaving to Parral and Elder Flores is coming to replace him. Elder Flores is Chilean and I think he has about 7 or 8 months in the mission. I don’t know much about him but I’ve heard he is pretty cool! I am excited to see how it goes! It’s another page to the mission book!
Thanks for all that you guys do! I love you all so much and I hope that you had a very good Christmas! I love you all so much and it was so good seeing you for a few moments. I’m sorry I couldn’t put very many details in the letter this week due to the short time I had. But I’ll try and put more in next week! Until then.