Date

December 29, 2020

Area

Salt Lake City, Cannon 6th Ward (Español)

Companion

Elder Casablanca

Week 26

Hey guys! I hope you all are doing good and had a fun Christmas! Sorry I totally forgot to send a letter last week lol. Nothing too interesting happened last week anyways :P Wowza, this letter is kinda long, let's jump into it.

La semana (The week):

Lunes (Monday): P-day is always a good day. We played Volleyball. Lots of Volleyball. We had a nice member buy our food too, so that was pretty nice of them. We had a lesson with a girl named Carla, she seemed pretty interested, so we were excited to keep teaching her. Notice the past tense lol.

Martes (Tuesday): We had weekly planning because Thursday is Christmas Eve, but during that we had Interviews with one of our presidents. Okay, those things weren't very important, so now I can talk about other stuff haha. Recently we have been running low on people to teach, and we can't knock random doors because 1. COVID, and 2. Those are Spanish rules. We need to know a house speaks Spanish before we go and knock it. So my companion and I have pulled out our member tools, and have been knocking English members. It's a lot of fun. A bunch of them haven't had missionaries over in years (because there are so many English members). We knocked the house of some guy named Chris. He opened the door and had a big bird sitting on his shoulder. It was so cool, it could talk too! It didn't say many words that I could understand, it mainly just babbled. We actually went back over there and his wife had died 6 months ago, and some other things, but he was still active and going strong. What a great guy, and a really cool bird.
 
Miércoles (Wednesday): Christmas Adam (because Adam came before Eve.. I had to explain that to some people haha)! Not much happened Wednesday. Genaro bought us food, and we ate it with bishop and him, so that was fun. We talked to a bunch of English members. Nothing too out of the ordinary.

Jueves (Thursday): Christmas Eve! During our studies my companion turned to me and said "Merry Christmas Eve!" I had forgotten because the day doesn't really change much haha. We had district council today instead of Friday, so we also had a Christmas Eve party! The mission bought us food, and Monteroso had us play "pass the package" (something like that). Basically hot potato with music, and when the music stops, you have to rip off a layer of wrapping paper and read a sticky note that had a missionary question on it. If you couldn't get the right answer, then you had to do the punishment that was on the back of the sticky note. The punishments got progressively worse as time went on. I had to take a bite out of a pepper.. That hurt haha. Also Carla messaged us and said she wasn't really interested :(

🎄Viernes🎄 (Friday): Christmas! Christmas was fun. I got to call my family and talk to them while they were opening presents. They're a fun crew :P For Christmas we couldn't really do much. They gave us an extra hour attached to one of our meals so we could prepare something special... We ate Mac and Cheese and Mashed potatoes. Very fancy lol. We also got to go Christmas caroling to our investigators and members as a district. That was a lot of fun. It was a good Christmas.
 
Sábado (Saturday): Christmas Cain! (Cain is next in line. Also it sounds like "Christmas came" lol) We had exchanges with the Zone Leaders, so that was interesting. I went with Elder Stover to their area, and Elder Miller stayed with Casa in ours. Stover and I knocked a lot of doors and very few opened. Something funny that Stover does is when someone opens the door, and they speak English, then he changes his accent to make it sound like he's not a native English speaker. He says that people don't get mad with him as much because he is "trying" to speak English haha.

Domingo (Sunday): Christmas Abel! We had Church! Church is fun here in Cannon because you get to hang out with the other missionaries, and you get to go to church! This week we had talks from stake people. They all speak English, so Hermana Lawes, and Elder Monteroso had to translate. It's one of my favorite meetings because the English members will say things that make sense in English, but the translation doesn't make much sense in Spanish. Also sometimes they say 3 or 4 sentences and expect you to remember it all and translate it. I am kinda blowing it out of proportion. They were really nice, so when something was too long, they would go back and break it up. We also had an FHE where you go to different sections of the church which represents different steps of our journey before, during, and after our lives. Very well done. 

Spiritual thing: I really like the book of Ether for several reasons. Firstly, they find Coriantumr in the book of Omni, then in Mosiah they find the records of the Jaredites, then after Alma, Helaman, 3rd & 4th Nephi, and Mormon, then we finally get to hear what happened to the Jaredites. Mormon waits long enough where your like "Oh yeah those people that were in the land Desolation." Secondly, it has an incredibly iconic scripture in chapter 12. I am talking about Ether 12:4

4 Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God

When we have faith in God, we have a hope that isn't false. When we trust God, we understand that all of his promises will be fulfilled if we're obedient. We are guaranteed a place at the right hand of God. When we have this faith we will be steadfast and immoveable by the power of the devil. It reminds me of Captain Moroni. In Alma 48:17 it says:

17 Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.

Have faith my friends, your faith is not misplaced!

Funny thing: Have you guys seen Spanish soap operas? They're some of the funniest things I have ever seen. Seriously, sometimes we are invited into people's homes and you can see someone watching a Spanish soap opera. I am not kidding, there was one whole episode where it was just two people looking at each other extremely dramatically for 5 mins, then one of them said a few words that had some meaning (Side note: They talk really slow, so they are really easy to understand, but I also don't know the plot haha), then they go back to looking at each other for another 5 mins, then the other guy says something else, repeat till episode is over. One conversation was a whole episode lol.

Pictures:
Picture 1: I put a plastic centipede I found on Genaro's head while he was on his phone.
Picture 2: Our Christmas tree! We did not want to unwrap the lights lol. Thanks family for the tree!
Picture 3: Genaro holding a frozen cow tongue.. Mexicans eat that.. And it's pretty good.. Tacos de lengua is a favorite for a lot of Mexicans.
Picture 4: On exchanges with the Zone Leaders, and we drove by the temple so I took a picture.
Picture 5: My companion portraying what I probably would imagine how the Pharisees looked like.
Picture 6: Our Christmas lights after we took them off the tree.. They feel down a bit later, so now they're on our pull up bar.
Picture 7: The First Presidency sent all the missionaries Christmas cards. They're so nice :) 




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