So they don't celebrate Christmas just on Christmas. Everday here in Colombia is Christmas. They night when it turned from November to December is when it all started. There were a ton of fireworks and a lot of music. The Colombians partied all night long. Also Colombians like to get drunk around Christmas time. I guess it is the norm. It also never really feels like the holidays because there is no snow and it is usually around 70-80 degrees each day. But suprisingly it gets cold enough at nights that sometimes I like to wear a sweater.
The work is going great. We have a mother and her daughter set to be baptized on the 19th of December. They read and pray together every day and they are really growing in the gospel. They just need to go to church a few more times and then hopefully they will be ready for baptism. We are also working with a young man named Nicolas. He is the nephew of a ward member, Hermano Salgado. We went to go visit their family but only the mother was there so we followed the mission rules and so we sat and talked with her outside of her house on the curb. If we had gone in the house, seeming harmless, we wouldnt have met Nicolas. Nicolas lived a few houses down and saw us and then came and chatted with us. We got his info, had a few lessons, and now he is set to be baptized on the 26th of December. I have a firm testimony of following the rules. Everything, every rule we have in the mission is for a reason. Nicolas is also progressing really fast. He went to church with us last week and he came with us to Armenia for Zone Conference. Which can be a hard thing because people here are really poor. But he came. I can tell that he is making changes and progressing a lot in his conversion to follow Jesus Christ.
I wish I could say that we have had a really cool experience this week, but not much has happened. Just a lot of lessons and long days. We work a ton, but it is what is needed to be done if we want to hasten the work of the Lord.
Sorry I dont have any photos this week. I dont have the cord to upload photos. Also I only have like two photos to send anyways. There will be a lot more photos next time I promise. We are also in Armenia today for your P Day. We are going to have our zone conference and then go see a christmas light show tonight as a zone! It is going to be a good day.
Colombia is great. I'm learning to just give up myself and be a more dedicated worker. It can get hard and discouraging at times. But is about finding the good times, and working on giving more.
December 7, 2015