Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Navidad en Julio

FELIZ NAVIDAD! Well I have to tell you guys that it is not Christmas. I just don’t believe you. Someone is punking me or something. Jingle bells in 95 degrees? No lo creo. hah! We had a mission Christmas activity on Wednesday, which was super super fun! My zone did a nativity (one of my zl's is really short so he played the baby Jesus...) I’ve got pictures and videos on the way, and by the way, I MADE THE STAR COSTUME. The star and the angel are the pensionists ha-ha! But our activity was so fun and we had a great time. There was no shortage of gifts for us! We even got a whole packet full of letters written by the families of other missionaries in my mission! It was so fun!! On Christmas Eve, we had a gigantic stinking lunch. There are three foods down here I don’t care for: fish, tomato, and olives. For the salad we had a tomato stuffed with fish, and then we had pastel de papa, which is loaded with olives. I was dying a little bit, but the good thing is that Dinamarca had mercy on me and ate the majority of my food ha-ha! Then we went to Hermana Teresita's house for Cena Navidenia. Remember the story with the casuela and the cat on the table? ya, her house. SO MUCH FOOD. We watched Finding Faith in Jesus Christ, we had a great time! Christmas we passed with the hermanas in my zone. We went to Cuidad Satelite where two hermanas live (about 30 min away) and Perez and DJ met us there. We made lunch! They did some chilena stuff, we did gringa stuff (baked potatoes and cake balls) and again we had a great time! Then we skyped. I HAD THE MOST FUN TIME SKYPING. The hour was so fast and I found myself getting a little choked up at goodbye, but hey, I’ll see you all in 5 and a half more months! Then we came back and ate some Venezuelan tamales that we were given and opened presents. I LOVED the picture frame you guys sent. By far my favorite! I have lots of good stuff! We had a lesson with a nuevo this week whose name is Mauro and he is DE ORO. He straight up told us that he doesn’t believe in a whole bunch of churches ha-ha, but that our church has always interested him! He is so so ready!! The best part is that he has family in IDAHO! He doesn’t know what part yet, but we will find out tomorrow! And he is going to visit Idaho in March!!!! AHHHHHHHH I just can’t. Good, sweet lil Idaho. Well, not that much else happened this week, pretty much just Christmas. We have some investigators that are progressing a lot, so hopefully we will have some really good news for yawl next week. We are hopeful especially for Polonia, Johana y Tito, Nicolas y familia, and now Mauro! and Andres! and so many more! I Don’t really have much more to say this week! It flew by, and I’m sure the next one will too! But dear friends and family, please know how much I love you. I pray for you all as much as I pray for anyone. I have been worried all week for Dad and aunt Amy! Keep me posted on all the details of your lives. I love you all so much that I want you all to be as happy as possible, and I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the pathway to that happiness. Heavenly Father knows your name and He loves you. There is a line in the third verse of silent night in Spanish that I love. "It’s the dawn of the redemption. God through Him, will give us Salvation. Oh blessed Jesus!" 
Hermana Mads 

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