Family and friends!!
This has been an uneventful and crazy week combined somehow. The Christmas spirit is here in Lima and it feels like the middle of summer! We streamed the First Presidency Christmas devotional on Sunday night which was sweet. Then we had a CCM Christmas devotional that Monday. One of the 70 came, but I don´t remember his name!! He spoke Spanish and is in the presidency of the group over the northwest part of South America. It was so good! It was kind of crazy actually, he spoke mainly to the Latinos about learning English, telling them that they need to learn English and read the scriptures in English because even though the Spanish ones are great, it´s still one more translation. He shared the example of D&C 8:2-3, and even though it´s almost exactly the same, Spanish says “talk” and English says “tell” and that makes kind of a big difference. I´d never thought about that before! I was in the CCM choir and it was fun, we sang silent night and it was really good until the new latinos wanted to join and then it dropped a level or two. The latinos are mostly tone deaf;) It was still fun though. Then they had a big turning on the lights ceremony and had a big dinner outside in the CCM courtyard area. It was funny, it was like 75% dessert and 25% real food, but they called it dinner anyway! Lunch is the most important meal here so that probably had something to do with it. There were a bunch of mission presidents and their families here from surrounding missions and that was fun to see. P-Days are so great! We get to go to the Lima Temple every week and shop at some stores and email and laundry and then just do nothing for three hours. They are literally the only three hours of the week that aren´t scheduled for us to be doing something. It kind of just feels like one long day, like get in bed for five minutes, then get back up and dressed and go down to breakfast again. But I love it here! It´s kind of weird actually, I like it way more than I thought I would. Maybe the field will be different, it probably will be actually, but for now I´m just going to enjoy this! Man there´s actually not a ton to write about. The language is coming to me! I listened to the temple session and ccm devotional both in Spanish and understood a lot of it! Conversation with people is so much harder though, they slur their words a lot more and speak faster. But I know it will all come to me! I miss Christmas music so much. That´s one dumb rule they have here, no music at all. I want to listen to the tabernacle choir, the first noel, so bad!! Maybe once I get out into the field, even though it will be January by then haha. I honestly don´t have much else to say except for thank you all for your prayers! I can feel them helping me and know that this wouldn´t be easy or possible if not for Heavenly Father and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I love you all and hope that all is going well back home!
And come on seniors! Only 13,000 dollars raised up to this point?! WEAK!! ;)
|Nativity at the Lima Temple|
|My new scripture cases|
|My district with our new soccer jerseys|
|Our Christmas setup. Elder Lish's mom sent him with a tree! That Christus at the top is also his. It's pretty sweet.|
| Our Christmas setup. Elder Lish´s mom sent him with a tree!! That|
Christus at the top is also his, it´s pretty sweet.