This week was really good out here in the field. We got our Christmas present from the mission this week. Tuesday we got to go to the temple with the other 4 zones here in Guayaquil. We did a session and it was great. I really enjoyed it because I feel like it made us a lot closer as a zone. Because before Ive been through with just family. I know that we were blessed in the work this last week because of this trip to the temple. And President Torres was also there. We went to the store there on the grounds and I bought some stuff and we had lunch in the cafeteria there. And i ran into my papa! (E. Tomlinson) So that was fun. We also took some zone pictures while we were there at the temple
Then Thursday we had a Christmas devotional in the stake center here with the mission choir. There was a cool program and we sung some songs too. The President also was there and brought all the missionaries a card from the first presidency and a cool holder for our temple reccommend. There was some candy in it as well. It should be on the mission facebook page, the video of the devotional...and I should be in it. Its funny because Im the only person that has a navy suit. You should find it and share it on the blog and on facebook.
This week we worked real hard and were blessed. This coming week we have 2 baptisms and several more baptism dates set up. Jesus and Olivia. We have been preparing them for some time. The cool thing about Jesus is that we are preparing his spouse as well. We are baptising him about 2 weeks before he wife so he can baptise her! How cool is that! He is so excited to have this opportunity. Once again, we are working hard with the references. References are great, especially when the family helps prepare them before they hand the reference to the missionaries. You guys should try to think of someone you can prepare as a reference for the sisters in our ward.
Every P day we go and eat Chinese food with our district. Its this place here called Chifa Canton. We go with our district for lunch and get this huge place of rice (surprise) chicken and vegetables! And cola of course. I am also starting the last week of the 12 week training program! I am almost done being a greenie and am ready to go out and be a senior companion! The mission is awesome I am absolutely loving it.
(Can you make it my facebook cover picture) Picture of our zone, Elder Diaz, my companion is on the far left. The pin everyone has is the mission pin. After you finish your 12 weeks training program, the President gives you an exam, and if you pass it you get the pin to wear on your suit coat! The two Elders on the far right are my zone leaders as of right now. Theyre great guys.
Tell Fred to send me an email! Id love to hear from him and about BYU football and how his workouts are going!
And remember during this Holiday season the real reason why we celebrate Christmas! Its not about the gifts, the food, the family that is visiting...Its about the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. I challenge every one of you to serve this Christmas and help other people feel the Love of the Savior in their lives. I love you guys! Merry almost Christmas!