Dear Family and Friends,
It is so crazy to think that Christmas is here again. It literally feels like it was just a few weeks ago when I skyped my family last Christmas. Time is continuing to fly by especially since I hit 17 months on Wednesday! I am excited to be able to Skype with my family on Friday.
We had a really good week. We have a few progressing investigators right now. We are teaching Humberto who lives in a trailer with lots of other guys. When we visit, everyone is super excited to see us and they all usher us in to sit down at the kitchen table while they all either stand or sit around the table. When we visited yesterday, it was just Humberto which was fine with me because I think it was good for him to be with just us during the lesson. He has been reading the Book of Mormon and has read the past two reading assignments that we have given him. We talked to him about the Plan of Salvation and about the Five Points of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (faith, repentance, baptism, laying on of hands, and enduring to the end) as one of the things we need to do in this life. We invited him to be baptized and he said yes but he needs more time to learn what we are teaching him. If he keeps reading the Book of Mormon, he's going to receive an answer.
We are also teaching this woman named Laudi. She also has been reading the assignments that we have given her. She really enjoys the lessons and she seems to understand what we are teaching her.
We are also teaching Salvador. He asks us a lot of questions when we come over which is great because it helps him understand what we are teaching him. When we asked him when he came to know what we were teaching him to be true, if he would be baptized, he said that he would.
Most missionaries here have commented how a lot of their investigators are going out of town and so they won't have too many people to teach. But it sounds like a good amount of our investigators will be in town this week so hopefully we will have a pretty busy week!
Although I have to be away from family during this holiday season, I am so grateful for the chance to be a missionary during Christmas, to devote everything to our Savior Jesus Christ and to help people draw closer to Him. I hope that everyone this week takes time to think about why we really celebrate Christmas. I love one of the videos on Christmas.mormon.org. It says: "He understands you, He heals us, He can bridge the lonely gap between God and Man and bring us home, if we let Him, if we love Him, if we follow Him. That's why we celebrate, that's why we sing, and that's why He was born."
I love Jesus Christ so much and I am so thankful for Him. Hope everyone has a great Christmas!!