My first Christmas out of the country! It was very “tranquilo” one would say. Means calm. They celebrate it differently here. Most people do have a little tree in the home with lights on it, and the REALLY hardcore people have a string of lights thrown on the outside of the house. There’s no caroling that goes on. There’s really not any Christmas music. What a BUMMER, right? But my companion and I got our fix listening to Christmas music in the pension (me singing them), visiting and singing to the elderly people at the elderly home, and to the members at any opportunity we had. I wanted to get the tradition STARTED in Argentina, but, with all my efforts, I don’t think it caught on. :) “Que va hacer” A saying here that means “what can you do” while shrugging the shoulders.
Christmas day I spoke to the fam!! The best gift! Then at night we ate at the Abuela’s. In the pictures below, La Abuela, is the small woman with the big glasses. She looks a little estranged in these pictures (becuase she doesn’t smile in any of them) but she is the sweetest, hard-working, loving woman here. And she slabbed a full-on pig on the asado for us to eat big that night! Pig is probably my favorite meat here. Afterwards we let off some floating lanterns. Who knew those things were super fun?! I finally caught on.
On Christmas day, they don’t have gifts waiting by the tree in the morning for all the kids to run to. It’s just a day off from work! We did our best as disciples of Christ to remind people to worship and thank God for our beloved Savior this day.
On the missionary work, we had some great lessons this week with people! I love teaching the truth and teaching it with much more smoothness now since my spanish is a whole lot better. We are always seeing what more we can do as missionaries with every moment we have to help others come unto Christ.
Love you all…Happy New Year! Feliz Año Nuevo!
I wish you all a Merry Christmas. Jesus Christ is the best gift for us all and I have seen Him expressed through every one of you. Thank you for being my family and friends. May we all continue trying to be like this perfect and most important gift of Christmas. Have a wonderful day!
A little Christmas Activity we had. For food there’s pizza, cookies, a christmas tree made out of cucumbers.
The exciting news for this past week was we had 2 baptisms and both were confirmed yesterday. Eliana of 9 years old and Mily of 18. Baptized by Eliana’s big brother Ivan of 19. Geez! It ended up turning out great…the whole baptismal service and all. But boy it was a headache putting it together the day of. Just a lot of problems that came up…but it worked out! They got baptized in a small plastic pool. SAWEET.
I was able to perform the ordinance of confirmation for Eliana. My FIRST time pronouncing the Holy Ghost upon someone. (Remember, there are few Melchizedek priesthood holders in the branch.)
Thats basically most of what I have to report for for this week! My companion, Branch President, has been having a lot of interviews. Now he needs to do tithing settlement interviews. Whoo, a lot! It gives me extra time to study “Jesus the Christ” and general conference talks.
Love you all, you’re the best!