Thanksgiving? Nah, skip right to Christmas.
¡Hola, mi querido familia y mis amigos amados! Hoy quiero hablar un poco sobre como esta epoca realmente es loco. ¡Casi parece que nadie celebra el Die de Gracias, pero ya estan celebrando la Navidad! Pues, claro, casi todos celebran el Día de Gracias, pero algunas personas ya tienen arboles y todos! Nosotros tenemos un wreath muy genial. ¡Casi no puedo esperar, porque ya puedo sentir que es casi la Navidad! Tambien, casi no me da cuenta de esto, pero ya cumplí seis meses en mi mision. ¡No puede ser! ¡Todavia soy verde!
Hello, my beloved family and friends! Today, I want to talk a little bit about how this season really is crazy. It almost seems like nobody celebrates Thanksgiving, but they are celebrating Christmas! Well, sure, almost every celebrates Thanksgiving, but some people already have trees and everything! We have a really nice wreath. I almost can't wait, because I can feel that it is almost Christmas! Also, it almost didn't occur to me, but I finished six months in my mision. It can't be! I'm still green! ["green" is a term the elders use to mean they are new]
A week from tomorrow is the Mission Christmas Party! It's so exciting! Every zone in the mission is putting on a musical number, so the zone leaders asked Elder Steadman and I to spearhead that. This morning and later today, I'm arranging a medley of "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" and "Angels We Have Heard on High". We'll be practicing it as a zone later today. It's super cool that those two songs are actually not too different from each other, as far as arranging goes! It's pretty perfect, actually. We're going to sing one of them in Spanish and the other in English, since our entire zone covers both languages.
This last week was really interesting, to say the least. Monday we had Zone Conference, Tuesday we had P-Day, Wednesday we went on exchanges with the Zone Leaders, Thursday was Thanksgiving and we couldn't knock on doors, Friday was weekly planning and a meeting (normal Friday stuff, at least), Saturday we went on exchanges with the other elders, and Sunday was a normal Sunday (where we had very little time to do anything due to church). It was pretty crazy, but we still had a great time and worked in all the time we had. It was great!
On Thanksgiving, since we couldn't actually knock on doors, we baked some cookies in the morning. I made my dad's snickerdoodles, and Elder Steadman made some pumpkin and chocolate chip cookies. We then had a great Thanksgiving dinner with a member out here, and Bishop Villarreal from the Spanish Ward went. We gave out cookies to a ton of members and investigators, as many as we could find. It was a really nice day.
Saturday, even though I wasn't working in our area, we had an awesome experience. Some of the other elders in our district had a potential investigator of the church, Michelle. We visited her with a cool member here, Tyrel. As it turns out, Michelle's first language is actually Tagalog, but she speaks really good English as well. She understands English perfectly. We invited her to be baptized, and she said yes! She really wants to read and study the Book of Mormon and pray to know if it is true. At the end of the lesson, she said a really cool prayer in Tagalog with us. We're getting her a Tagalog Book of Mormon too, mainly to help out with some of the bigger words.
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, and I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season! It's the perfect time to be examples to the world, and the church even came out with an awesome new non-denominational christian program, #LIGHTtheWORLD, to help give people ideas about how we can follow the example of Christ and serve others. It's all about bringing a little extra light to people's lives. They totally changed mormon.org to be all about this new worldwide service initiative for this upcoming season. It's so exciting! I'm really pumped to be sharing this with people and participating myself. You should totally check it out! It's kind of like an easy service advent calendar for the 25 days leading up to Christmas. It even has some cool service ideas for anyone, christian, religious, or not. It's pretty awesome, and can bring us all together a little more.
Anyway, I think that's all for this week! Love you all, and I wish you the very best this holiday season!