You´ll have to send a picture of the nativity and our house with all the lights. That´d be fun to see. : )
I really like teaching about the Restoration. We teach that one the most, but I like it. And I really like teaching about the Apostasy for some reason. I think it´s because it shows that good people were on the earth during that time and tried to reform the churches to get back to the way it was. Yes, people changed doctrines to get gain (1 Nephi 13 and 4 Nephi 1:26), but good people also looked for the truth, but it wasn´t time. But because the Lord loves us and that we´re children of God, He restored the Gospel for us. It´s central to this message and it´s true. I loved what one of the counselors of the Bishopbric said the other day. We teach teh restoration first and the first vision because it shows that God has a body of flesh and bones and that He loves us and that the true church is on the earth today. We teach it a lot (because a lot of first visits) and every time, my faith and testimony get a little bit more powerful in this message.
Oh - and read moms letter this week for an experience with an Atheist. That was fun.
The language is coming along. I can comfortably teach lessons and understand almost all of what people say. Sometimes, it´s hard to understand (stories are hard), but I just take a deep breath and keep going. It´s good. I´m not fluent in any respect, but I can teach and testify, and that´s what´s important. I´m going to keep improving my Spanish and work with it, but it comes little by little. So here´s to persevering! :)
I love hearing about the crafts! And the silhouette idea sounds amazing. I´m tired for you. And yes, I´ll have to watch Airplanes and Monsters University in Spanish when I get back (that´ll probably be the only language I´ll really understand at that point). And the cookie exchange sounds delightful - eat some cookies for me. And some soup.
This week, we had four days where it was FREEZING. Not by Utah standards (not by a long shot), but for Guatemala,. it was cold. It was windy too (like our house windy) and it was probably around 50 Fahrenheit for most of the day. It was cold. And we didn´t really have sweaters for it, but that´s okay. We had lessons during the coldest parts of the day, so it was okay.
Spanish is coming along. I´m at a point where I can teach comfortably (most of the time) and I understand a lot of everything else. Sometimes, it´s hard to understand people (like this one lady we teach - she talks fast and she´s old and she likes to tell stories, so it´s a little hard sometimes to understand). I´m still working on my grammar and vocabulary, but that´s okay. Always learning, right?
And here´s a story for the fan club. We taught an Atheist this week and he was very adamant that God doesn´t exist and that it´s not important to him, at all. And Hermana Weatherford had said that God is her Father in Heaven and he said that those were just words that we repeat. But a little later, I bore my testimony that God is MY Heavenly Father and that He loves me. And that those aren´t just words that I repeat, but I KNOW that He loves me and that I am a child of God. After the prayer, he said that I have a lot of conviction for this message. But that wasn´t the most influential part of the lesson. when I bore my testimony, it was as if floodgates opened in my heart and the Spirit testified so strongly to me that this message is true. And that God is my Heavenly Father.
And, for the lady at the bank, say, "Que le va a bien" for me. (it means something like, "let everything go well for you"...more or less).
I love you, mom! Have a wonderful week and don´t work too hard! If you need hep with the tree, ask Jen or Seth to help. And have the kidlets put the kid friendly ornaments up. Maybe for an FHE or something. I love you!