So last week we weren't able to send and photos because where we went to use the internet didn't work with our cameras so I wanted to send some photos because I know its been a while since I last sent some. Perdon if I send some that I have already sent.
I am going to place the pictures and then explain them a little bit. I do however have some things to say before.
Embarrassing moment: So we went to visit an old investigator yesterday. One that has a crush on me... oh yeah... way fun. haha but nah its all good. So anyhow we went to go visit him and he lives with his family on this big orchard thing.... im not quite sure what you could call it other than a finca.... but whatever. So we went to go visit him so we can start visiting him again and we were talking and a bunch of his friends came to play soccer so they got upset that he was talking to us and not playing soccer and I told them that if I could make a goal they had to leave him alone... bad decision.. a bunch of 16-20 year old latin dudes vs. 1 gringa. oh yeah... it didn't go so well. Needless to say I didn't make the goal. But it was a fun experience. haha
So this was the day of Keishan's baptism. He is super great. It was the first time that our district leader Elder Dale got to baptize someone so it was pretty special for him too. Hermana Jenny is super great. She is a single mom and a rockstar at taking care of her kids.
This was our first Sunday together outside the church
I made tamales! I know that this will be a Christmas tradition in my family from now on. Like when I am married and have kids and what not... and probably before then too. Costa Rican tamales are soooo good. They aren't just masa y carne. They have a whole bunch of other things too. It is really exhausting making them. Yesterday we made 150ish of them and then today someone wants us to help them but I don't think that we can but tomorrow we are going to be helping. I dont know what we are going to do. We have like 10 tamales in the fridge. Here they are huge and you can barely eat 2. In the states we eat Mexican tamales and yeah they are super tasty but you could eat like 8 and be full here I can barely eat 2. Haha
With President and Sister Wilkinson. They are the BEST and I love them both so much! THEY WILL be part of my family forever! Okay here is some important news!!!!!! Seriously everyone cried and I might cry just typing it.
COSTA RICA HAS 2 MISSIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Okay so honestly that was the coolest announcement ever. They are dividing the mission. It will start in June or July when we change mission presidents and they are going to send 2! They will be announced in January. There will be the mission Costa Rica West and Costa Rica East. How freaking cool! I can really see the hand of The Lord in his work here in this country. I love this country so much and the people here. Something super cool is that the quorum of the 12 are going to assign us to which mission we will go to. Im super excited. But yeah lets be real... how cool is that? I know that this is the lords work. Right now we are about 280 missionaries here is Costa Rica and we are going to be 500 and something. Imagine how much it is going to change this country. Ahhhh..... Okay Im done.
Merry Christmas! Remember the real reason for the season
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:11, 14).
Christmas is a time that has been set aside to celebrate the birth of Jesus; however, the true meaning of Christmas is often lost in the holiday shuffle. People get caught up in who can afford such-and-such gift or who can throw the best party—and they forget to give of themselves. God’s intense love for us prompted Him to give His Son, the greatest gift ever given, that we may enjoy an abundant, God-kind of life. As Believers, we must shift our focus from decorating and shopping, and instead place it on the season’s true meaning by sharing the gift of Jesus with others.
Jesus said all men would know we are His disciples by observing the love we show each other. Listed below are ways to help your family, friends, and co-workers regain perspective on the season and reach out to others in love.
1.Make Jesus’ birth the focus of your family’s holiday celebration. Before you open a present or bite into a turkey leg, sit down with your family and read the account of Jesus’ birth in Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 2:1-12, and Luke 2:1-20. Let this be the foundation for everything you do during this season. You could even make a birthday cake for Jesus!
2.Celebrate the Savior’s birth by attending Christmas Eve or Christmas Day services at your local church.
3.Give the gift of song and spread joy to others by caroling in your neighborhood, local hospitals, orphanages and nursing homes. A variation to this idea might be to bake cookies for those who are ill or shut-in and deliver your holiday cheer in person!
4.Instill the “it’s better to give than to receive” attitude into your children by volunteering at homeless shelters.
5.Take the spirit of giving to another level by serving your community. Get involved in food drives by putting together gift baskets of food for families in need. Collect new coats, clothes and shoes for these families as well.
6.Fulfill a child’s Christmas wish by delivering donated toys to children’s hospitals (Matthew 19:14).
All these activities can make Christmas a significant time for you, your family and those who may not otherwise experience the love of God throughout the year. If you find these programs are not available in your community, sponsor them yourself with the aid of other Christians. Remember, the holiday season is not the only time people are in need. Show love and be a giver all year long so the world may know you are a true disciple of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
I love you all! Merry Christmas!