Monday, December 28, 2015
Presents from our ward mission leader...so sweet of him
(A Felt Christmas tree my mom sent)
Wow, I can`t believe we are already ending this year!! This transfer flew by so quickly and this week especially. It was a very fun Christmas, we had a big Christmas dinner with our pension the 24th and then on Christmas day we got up early and opened presents before we went to our zone activity. President visited us with his family for a minute and then we ate pancakes (YUM!), did a white elephant gift exchange, and had a devotional. It was a very fun morning. Then we ate with some members for lunch and spent the day visiting families in the ward and less active members. Talking with my family was the absolute best gift ever! I am sooo blessed to have them. The work was a little harder this week because everyone is gone or with family for the holidays but we did see some miracles and find people to teach who are really looking for Christ in their lives.
Christmas here in Peru is very family oriented and there is more of a focus on Christ than in other parts of the world which I loved. Everyone has their nativity and they wait to put out the baby Jesus until 12am on Christmas to represent him coming and being born. :) They all get together about 8 at night and have a party and then eat at midnight. Then they open all the presents and set off a bunch of fireworks. They go to bed about 2 in the morning and then sleep all day on the 25th. Super fun but it makes it hard as a missionary. :)
I don`t have more time but I love you all and hope you had a great Christmas and enjoy this New Year! As you set your new goals, remember to think about what you want to do to draw closer to Christ this year and how you will become more like him. Love you all!!!!! Thank you for all the Christmas wishes!!
Food from our Christmas Buffet!
My Friend, Colton, from high school is standing next to me.
My Christmas gifts!!!
The famous Panetòn that everyone eats here all Christmas. We have had 5 given to us in this past week and still have 3 in our room we are trying to give away. :)
Our Christmas Dinner! Yum!