Well, how do I put this gently.....I LOVE ECUADOR! But as the title explains in perfect detail, its warm. Not quite the Christmas weather that I am accustomed to, but it feels like Christmas down here anyway :)
Throughout this month, we have been giving aways little cards that say "Èl es el Dàdiva" or "He is the Gift", to help people remember the real meaning that we celebrate Christmas. Yesterday, we went to the main park here in Lago, and passed out the little cards. To make it more interesting, we made it a game. There were four of us, two gringos and two latinos. We made the teams GRINGOS vs. LATINOS, to see who could give out 14 little cards in as little time as possible. Us gringos won, and we even got to talk with some cute Colombianas :) We passed out 28 cards in 15 mintues between the four of us. It is so much fun to contact when us two gringos talk. They think we´re really weird and I love it! haha
We have a few families that are progressing slowly, but they are progressing. The Querevalu and Vargas families. I am almost sure that they will be baptized someday. We also have a family of recent converts who are struggling. The Ceballos family have struggled with some family issues lateley. Satan always works on us during the most crucial moments of our spiritual progression. We have tried to help and pray for them as best we can, and it seems like they are on the upswing.
On Thursday and Friday this next week, we get to go to Quito to have Christmas dinner with Presdient. Hopefully its an AMERICAN dinner. Not rice, menestra (lentiles), and a teeny bit of meat. I cant wait though, because we are schedule to eat with the zones from the coast, which means I will see ELDER CALL!!! That is if he is still out in the coast. I hope I can see him and see how he´s doing!
As far as calling home on Christmas, we have the ablitlty to Skype. On Christmas day, we need to be in our homes from 5p.m. and on. So, I will most likely call home around 2 or 3 in the afternoon that day MY TIME. Next week, our Pday is on the 24th, so we can work out details on that day when I email. I cant wait to talk to you all!
Yo sé que la Iglesia es verdadera. Yo sé que es por medio del Espiritu Santo y fe en Dios que podemos hacer cualquier cosa que queremos hacer. La escritura Josue 1:9 he sido un gran ayudo para mi en estos semanas. No necesitamos tener miedo cuando tenemos el Señor con nosotros. Yo sé que el Libro de Mormón es verdadero, y que lo contiene la plenitud del Evangelio de Jesucristo.
The work is progressing out here in Ecuador. I love being a missionary! I really do find much joy when people accept the Gospel in their lives. The Church is true, the book is blue, and Moroni is always on the ball. May we all remember the true meaning of Christmas. That is why it is call CHRISTmas. I love you all, and hope that you have a great week!
P.S. I ate cow hoof this week.....
See? They have Christmas trees here!
Us four missionaries that contacted the park! Equité, Lomeli, Ashby, Gonzalez