Greetings from Peru!
We had a great week this week here in Peru and it was Christmas!
I hope everybody had a fantastic Christmas!
Christmas was great and as I explained a little bit, it's pretty different in Peru. In the United States people go to bed early to wait for Santa Claus but it's an all-night party here. We spent the day with other missionaries and then the evening with our pensionista and the other two hermanas in our ward. We were there until 10:30 and then had to return to our rooms for the night. Well, there definitely wasn't any sleeping going on that entire night because of all of the fireworks and parties so we just chilled together and talked and had a good time by ourselves, haha. The next day we spent the day with members, visiting with them, singing, and sharing messages about Christ. It was a great couple of days but also very hard because people were enjoying their time with their families so they didn't want to bother with the missionaries.... haha so it was great to celebrate but now I'm glad it has ended and that we can get back into the groove of things and back to work.
And, of course, I loved talking to the family! It was so good to just be able to see everybody and see that everybody is happy and doing well in life. In last week's letter dad mentioned something interesting that I will only call home twice in my mission because I left right at Mother's day and will come home before Christmas. Nonetheless, I enjoyed talking to the family and time seemed to fly!
This week starts the new year and so we have been focusing with people on goals that they can set for the new year. We obviously can have a fresh start whenever we want to in life, but there is a different excitement in the new year that motivates people to change. We have been working with a lot of less actives trying to get them to the temple and have been helping them set good goals to really change this year and reach the goal of the temple. We are constantly changing in life but it is our decision and our efforts that determine if we are progressing or digressing.
Anyway, I don't have much else to say because we just barely got to talk on Wednesday. Just that I'm so grateful to be here in Peru and that I have this opportunity to "be an instrument in the Hand of the Lord" in bringing more people unto him. Alma 29:9.
Thanks for all the love and support and have a very happy NEW YEAR!