Monday, December 26, 2016

Merry Christmas from Brazil 12/26/2016

Merry Christmas everyone!

 I hope you all had a good Christmas because I did. In light of this special holiday I will omit the normal details of the week to talk about Christmas things only. First off, on Wednesday we had a Christmas conference with the whole mission. There was a testimony meeting, a few talks, a few videos, and every zone had a presentation. One zone did a nativity scene, and my zone sang "Heark The Herald Angels". The first verse was in Portuguese, the second in English, the third in Spanish, and then the last in Portuguese again. My zone is pretty diversified, so it was cool that we could do that. Then afterwards there was a lot of good food and talking to old friends. District 31-A from the MTC was all there. At least the 5 people in the Juiz de Fora mission. It was so great to get to see them again. Shout out to Elder Ricks, Hill, Nichols, and Johnson. We were all talking in Portuguese and reminiscing about some good times. It is way cool to see how all of us have progressed. We are not greenies anymore, and we are all semi-fluent. 

     Then Friday night there was a Branch Christmas program. It started a little bit late, but everything worked out. It was a little different because there were 4 talks given first. It was like a sacrament meeting meets fireside mash-up. Then afterward there was dinner. Brazil knows how to pile the food up and there was plenty of it to go around. A few investigators were there as well, and two less-active members that Elder Choi and I reactivated Dudu and Margarida went there. It was a good night all and all. 

    Christmas was all fun and it was good being able to talk with my family. It was kinda funny because I had forgotten a few words in English and was trading some English words for Portuguese words. That night as well we had a feast. To celebrate Christmas we bought over ten pounds of meat to BBQ, fifteen liters of soda, ice cream, cookies, and lots of other stuff too. We had plenty. We had so much that we did it again the next day, and still have enough for one more round.

I cant send a Christmas email, being a missionary, and without talking about our savior Jesus Christ. He is the reason that we have this holiday. To commemorate his birth, and what it meant for the world. We can have hope because of all that he did for us and all the he still does for us. He gave his life for us, and we need to remember that during the Christmas season. Don't just give presents and call it good. Go and do some service and be as charitable and kind as Christ was. Enjoy the Christmas season, but remember why we have it. I hope you guys all enjoyed Christmas and will enjoy the New Year as well. Until next week.

-Elder Smith

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