written Dec 23rd
I caught a bit of the Christmas spirit this week as a choir that we prepared went out and sang at two public events. It was nice and many people stopped and gathered around as we and the other groups performed. It was my first experience of singing in a choir with voice parts and I really loved it. Although Christmas isn´t the same here (it´s hot outside, not really any Christmas music, no decorations) I still feel like it´s Christmas.
Aside from the choir concerts we also had the mission Christmas parties this last week. There were two parties; half of the mission came to one and the other half came to the other. I got to go to both :) In the mornings we went out in normal clothes and played sports (choice of soccer, football, basketball, volleyball, frisbee, ping pong) and before lunch we changed back into dress clothes.
Lunch was some nice meat with rice and lots of delicious desserts with icecream. After lunch we did skits and got a little visit from the North Pole. I made sure to get a good picture expressing all of my joy. Actually, I just did that to break the ice a little because all of the elders were timid in taking a picture with santa. So I made sure everyone knew there is no shame in sitting on Santa´s lap and taking a picture with him.
At the end of the week we did a 3 day exchange with some elders here in Godoy Cruz so that we could stay close and sing in the concerts. We met with an awesome family that hasn´t been to church in a long time and their daughters haven´t been baptized. We decided to take advantage of the season and focus a lot on the Savior, who he is, why he is important, and so on. We read from and gave them a copy of The Living Christ as a gift and they loved it. They came to church on sunday for the Primary program and their children participated! It was great seeing them there and seeing our efforts not going to waste.
It´s great helping others come unto Christ (or come back to Christ) and seeing how it changes them. It´s a beautiful season and I hope we all take a some time to reflect on Him and His life. Take some time out of your day and click around on some of the videos found on the home page of LDS.org. It will make your day a little brighter, give the season a little more meaning, and help us become a little better. http://www.lds.org/?
Merry Christmas, and God bless us, everyone!
- Elder Rainock