Thanks for the Skype call! It was fun to talk to you all and see everyone. It is weird the family is growing up. It’s good but it’s weird.
Honestly, I have to go to the bathroom really bad and there isn’t one in this Internet cafe, so I am going to be brief in my remarks. Here is a photo of the District and one of some of the gifts you gave me.
Thanks for everything – love you all!!
That’s cool that our house is a big social place. it sounds like there is a party every night there. And the family Christmas party sounded really good. Thats super funny that Ashton was Santa. And it’s good to here that you have all provided an environment where Edgen, if that’s how you spell his name, could feel the Spirit.
Right now the Rama (branch) and missionary work are doing really well. Typically, this time of year the work is a little down because everyone, all the natives, take advantage of the tourist season and work all day. There are a lot of white people here right now. It’s a little weird to see people a lot taller than me that speak English. but we are doing well. Over here it really just feels like any other day of the year because it is still hot and really sunny. but every now and then I hear Christmas music in the street and realize that it is snowing and super cold up there in Utah. Right now going back to the cold doesn’t sound very fun. I love the heat now and I love to sweat. It’s weird how I like it now, but I am used to it.
I love this time of year thinking about the birth of Christ. Right now I am studying his life and it was amazing how he did everything! I am in awe when I read about some of the the miracles that he performed. But then I take a step back and think – He created the universe and created many worlds before He created ours. He already had a lot of experience as a creator. So to him those were small acts of service and love. He always turned outward to help others. I love my Savior and Redeemer. My most important treasure that I have is to know that he lives and loves me. Thanks for all your love and support! Enjoy this Christmas!!
Love you all!
P.S. Here is a picture of me at a view of the beach and the other of one of the most famous foods here in Oaxaca: the beloved Talayuda.
That’s really cool that you are all participating in the work and that you have a chance right in the house to preach the gospel. That should be a really good experience for the family and for Becca so she can get ready to serve a mission. It’s still weird to me that Becca will be farther along in school than me when I get back. And that’s awesome that Rachael is dating a lot. Hopefully she will be finding with the hedge-trimmer (haha).
This week has been interesting. I have definitely seen that tithing makes a big difference in a Branch or Ward. IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO PAY TITHING!!! Keep doing it. I know Dad and Mom you guys were a great example to me and always payed your tithing … even when it was a little rough at times. But I saw that you always payed and even gave fast offerings. If the parents are FULL tithe payers, the whole family will receive BIG blessings. And it hurts to see a family not take advantage of that great blessing. If a father doesn’t pay his tithing, he can’t enter the temple and receive the protection and blessings that come from that, and he can’t use his Priesthood worthily to bless his family. It’s not even a Celestial law … and there are many more things I could say. But the opposite is true: If a father does pay his tithing, he can receive all the blessing that God has for him. Keep paying your tithing!!
Love you all.
That was cool seeing Brother Durrant up on that stand giving the closing prayer at the Christmas Devotional. And those messages were amazing. I loved all the stories thay shared of people helping others. I also loved all their testimonies, but Eyring’s was especially good – I liked his a lot!
Today has been fun, but I am really tired! The Elders here in Huatulco played Soccer, Basketball, and Football in the morning here at the Church. Then we all went on a tour of the beaches and resorts here in Huatuclo. It was amazing to see some of the sights that are here. While we were taking pictures on the beach we saw a member that is a snorkel guide, and he was pulling sea creatures out of the ocean so we could see them. One of them was a Puffer fish. So that was a fun activity and I got burned really bad.
We have an investigator that is making a lot of progress here. It is amazning to see him change and also to see the members help him through this change that is happening. He went to the Christmas Devotional and loved it. I am really excited to be here and work with the people!
Keep reading and going to the temple!
Love you all,
Wow – sounds like you guys had a blast! And you all lucked out and got two Thanksgiving dinners with the two sides of the family.
This Thanksgiving I went to Soriana – it’s like the Walmart of Mexico, with a good friend named Elder Whitehead. We each ate a whole chicken with tortillas and salsa. So it was a little different, but it was good. And instead of a Turkey Bowl we played basketball under the burning hot sun while the Mission President was doing interviews. It was really fun.
This week we also had a Christmas program. We started off with a talent show, and me and a couple Elders got together and sang. It was really funny because none of us could really sing, so it was more of an act.
I’m happy to hear that everthing is going really well. Keep doing the small and simple things and strive to be obedient and keep your covenants. I love the lord and all of you as well.
It’s not turkey, but here is a picture of some tasty seafood …