Well, talking to you guys was pretty great. [On Christmas Day we were able to Skype with Tess for 40 minutes! She seemed SO happy!] On a scale of 1 to 10, about an 11 :) Using the ol’ Mummy scale :D But really, it was awesome. I felt kind of bad, because after talking to you guys, I realized that I knew pretty much nothing about how everything was at home...it was all me talking the whole time. But I guess I’ll learn better talking technique over the next two calls :D
I actually didn’t really feel very homesick after talking to you guys......sorry :D Like, when I first saw you, I cried, and then saying goodbye I cried, but afterwards, I just felt content. Like, I’ll see you in May! [We get to Skype again in May for Mother’s Day.] It was really nice to talk to you, though. Obviously.
We have a talent show as a zone activity this Wednesday, and I’m going to teach hna Lopez how to do balloon animals and we’ll give them to everyone :)
Everyone eats dinner here for Christmas Eve at 11 or midnight. It’s kind of weird, EVERYONE goes to bed at 2 or 3. I think Daddy would die here at Christmas. [Vance is a very early riser.]
Sunday was REALLY special, because Hno V blessed the sacrament!!!!!!! Hearing him slowly read each word (he had to do it twice) I just felt so happy. This family is the BEST. We sat with them, and when he came back, he said how his heart was pounding the whole time from nerves, but he did great! It was one of the best experiences. The only thing better will be when they’re sealed in the temple :D :D :D :D :D :D
I’m ALMOST done with the Book of Mormon! Only four more chapters! I’m trying to decide if I should bear my testimony now, or wait until I’m done, but I think I’ll just do it now :) Maybe both times....
I really love the Book of Mormon. One of my favorite things now is making my own cross-references. Sometimes the cross-references are more like good vs. bad, so I write the good scripture in the margin of the bad scripture so that I can see that there’s hope in everything. For example, in Ether 8:17, it talks about the daughter of Jared, how she put in the mind of Akish that he should kill Omer, and then Akish put it in the hearts of all his family. That reminded me of DyC 18, the importance of ONE soul. And really, one soul is so important to God, because that one soul can lead to good, or lead others to bad. It really shows the importance of the example we show to others. And so, even though in this example it’s bad, if we put good things in the hearts of others, they’re going to share it, and the good is going to grow. We really are the change we want to see in the world. And that’s why Ether 12:4 is right, that we really can hope for a better world. If we follow Jesus Christ, we will change the lives of those around us.
I really know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that it shows us, with the Bible, how we should live our lives, and that we can learn from the mistakes of others so that we can avoid them in our own. I love what the Book of Mormon shares about Jesus Christ, and how it so clearly testifies and prophesies of him. Because really, it "talks of Christ, rejoices in Christ, preaches of Christ, and prophesies of Christ, so that we can know to what source we may look for a remission of our sins." (2 Nephi 25:26) And "hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good." (2 Nefi 33:10) I believe that these are my two favorite scriptures in the book of Mormon, because they so clearly show that everything in the Book of Mormon is here so we can learn of Christ, and grow in our faith in him. I love the Book of Mormon!
Keep reading it.
Love you all a lot! See you in May!!!! (I guess? I kind of forgot that not everyone’s going to be there in May.......but see you :D)
|Our Christmas Tree! We decorated it with notebook paper. :)|
|This guy goes around with this weird bike contraption and sharpens knives....so I took a picture. |
We also encountered a cobbler in the street the other day! He was repairing some boots.
I kind of love it a lot here :D
|Hno A, who made us really ridiculously delicious food. And really loves Christmas :D|