Tuesday, December 30, 2014

"I want to challenge everyone to look for a way to remember Christ this Christmas..."

Hola mi familia y mis amigos!
como les va? feliz navidad from here in argentina. I hope all of you are enjoying nice cold weather up there because its like an oven down here in buenos aires. We had a water fight today for a zone activity because its like the closest thing to swimming we can do hahaha. We also played soccer a lot. In this zone i play every week and im getting a lot better. The latino want me on their team now so im feeling pretty good haha.
This week was pretty good. We had a ton of activities for chirstmas. We had the branch dinner which was awesome. We had a solid turn out! like 130 people went! we had a bunch of fun. The members here are the best! Also we had a show called la Noche de Luz. Its kinda like sing noel. It was for the whole stake and it was awesome! the whole stake center was full and we had some people we are teaching and some less actives go! for all of you who know my love for singing and programs where you have to sing, you will all be suprised to know that i had to do a solo part. I think i sing better in spanish haha
we have been having some good lessons. A cool story, like 3 months ago i did a contact with this one lady that went really well but she said she didnt live in that house and was going to leave so i never saw her again. Later like about 2 weeks ago we did another contact in this house. i had forgotten about the lady i had met there before but she wasnt there and we started to visit with the family and then this week this lñady that i did the contact with a long time ago was over there and asked for a book of mormon and said she wanted to start going to church! I was stoked to see that our past efforts are never wasted. We never know what consequences will have our actions in the future.
we have also been teaching the family of our buddy that got killed. Its super sad because the dad is super bumed out and doesnt know to do with himself because the laws arent doing justice, so we have been working pretty hard with them and have built up a lot of confidence with him. This kid we were teaching was making a lot of progress and have left drugs and everything and had even told his dad that one of his goals was to pass the sacrament again. The family is inactive and go to another church but with this they are starting to soften their hearts and see how the plan of salvation that out loving heavenly father prepared for us can bring them peace.
well I hope all of you have an awesome christmas and that you can all remember the real meaning of christmas. I want to challenge everyone to look for a way to remember christ this christmas by serving someone else or sharing your testimony.. i know thats the best gift we can give to christ, after all that he has given us.
Feliz Navidad!
Elder Whitaker
A beautiful family Ty was able to teach and baptize.

The grandmotherly lady who is Ty's landlord made him put a raw onion on his nightstand to ward off illness.

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