Thank you so much for the package! I loved the pics, and enjoyed the decorations and Christmas candy. That’s super weird to hear that Becca is seriously dating boys. And everyone is growing up. Keith and Miriam looked the most changed during the call, but Keith looks super different with the long hair. I also hear that Kyle is tearing it up with 3 triple-doubles! And also Tyler. Pure Utah talent going hard – that’s what I like to hear. No way – Edward is home?! That is super weird. Now he will be laughing a ton with his two brothers. Everyone will start to come home soon. It’s going to be a big change.
Below is a picture of me in a pueblo outside of my area called St. Maria Huatulco. In the picture there is a dummy that they traditionally at the beginning of the New Year. They burn it and it represents all the bad habits that they have and that they are going to change. That’s a tradition here in Oaxaca.
This week has been a little tough, but now everything is almost back to normal with vacations and everything. Because there are a lot of tourists here, all the locals are super busy. But we talked with a few people and I actually contacted in English; I felt really weird and–to be honest–I don’t really like it. it just feels really unnatural talking about and preaching the gospel in English. I have really become accustomed to learning the gospel in Spanish. The other day I looked in my English scriptures for the first time in a while and it is weird how they talk. So that was a new experience.
In addition to its challenges, this week had several highlights. One of my favorite experiences was giving a blessing to one of the Hermanas (Sisters) in the zone. She asked for a blessing of comfort because she needs some help right now. When I gave her the blessing I felt the power of the Priesthood really strongly, and I knew the Lord put the words she needed to hear in my mouth, and that she felt the comfort that comes from the Priesthood.
It is fun helping and serving others when they need it. Keep looking for small ways to serve others. I know you guys do a great job with that.
Love you all!