We decided to start making it a goal to find those who are prepared to receive a Book of Mormon, and THAT day we ended up giving out 2 of them and the next day we gave out another! Blessings blessings!
This last week has also been a lot of finding! We have limited ways of finding new investigators here on the square, but we've been trying to be creative as possible! And the Lord is helping us out. :) It's just been so fun to be able to talk to so many people about the true meaning of Christmas. One of the films we've been showing on the square this year is a new Nativity movie. It's 9 minutes long and it's brand new, it was filmed in Goshen, Utah on the set they've been filming the new Bible: Life of Christ videos. If you have not seen it I would suggest you do!:)
On Christmas Eve, the buildings on the square closed at 5pm and we all went down to the mission home. We had catered Cafe Rio for dinner and watched The Nativity Movie! After that we went on a little trip around Temple Square to different locations, where we heard some specially messages about the baby Jesus. :) When we finished back in the mission home, they had milk and cookies waiting for us. It was such a special, and holy night:) When we got back to our apartment, we (along with our roommates) pulled our mattresses into the living room and all slept out there that night! It was so fun! Since Sister Esquivel's family is from Sweden, they always open their Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve, so that's what we did, to honor her family tradition:) The next morning we were allowed to sleep in so we didn't wake up until 8AM! SO WEIRD!!! To honor our family tradition, I made some pancakes and we ate a big hardy breakfast. :) Then, to honor Sister Souza's family tradition, she made the most amazing peach cake in the entire world (which we ate later that night). AND to honor Sister Gariki's family tradition, she made two homemade pies from scratch (which we also ate later that night). Don't judge our love for food...haha!
After going to the square, calling all y'all back home, and sharing to gospel, at 5pm the buildings on the square closed at 5pm again and we went down to the mission home once more! We watched 2 Christmas movies and had another huge meal and SANTA CLAUSE CAME TO VISIT!!!! AH!!! Plus we were allowed to hug him! Yay!! :) Haha, we also got a lot of really nice gifts, and I'm not going to list all of them off but I'll just tell you right now, we are SO spoiled in this mission. So spoiled. So spoiled. That night after going home we watched The Best Two Years with our roommates until falling asleep. :)
I also just want to take a moment and give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has sent me cards, letters, and gifts of any kind this Christmas! You are all so sweet and your support means a lot. :) Also, thank you mom and dad for the gift you sent to Sister Esquivel. You must have been guided by the spirit because she is obsessed with really fuzzy socks, so it was the perfect gift haha:)
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and that you have a Happy New Year! I can't believe 2013 is already coming to and end... 2014 is going to be a year I will never forget. It'll be the only full year of my life I'll be serving as a missionary. So exciting!
I love you all! Have a wonderful week!
The snowflakes were all perfect star shapes!!! It was so cool!!!
On Christmas Eve morning, we did our personal study in the North V.C. by the Christmas before the building opened. :) So pretty!
Opening Christmas Gifts..my face says it all:)
Best Christmas Gift EVER! Thank you mom and dad!!!
Us and our roommates on Christmas Eve! Sister Souza (left) is from Brazil and Sister Gariki (right) is from Tahiti!
This wasn't even a planned thing that they would all attack me but apparently they passed out a memo or something cuz... hahaha
Sister Gariki making pie..
Sister Souza making cake...
And me making breakfast. I think Sister Esquivel was still asleep haha
And that's me with Santa and my Mission President!!! YAY!!!
This is Sister Esquivel. She found a really big box yesterday...apparently she really likes boxes:)
Thanks for reading!