I can`t believe it was this week that I talked to you. That seems like forever ago! But alas, twas not. I can`t even express how much I love you all. Thank you so much for your love and support and for your prayers in my behalf. I loved hearing your testimonies and sharing mine. It`s always a spirit-booster when I talk to and hear from you, and I want to thank you for that, too. I know that we will be a family for eternity, and I can`t even express all my gratitude for that blessing.
I wanted to send pictures this week, but my camera won`t connect to the computer. Qué bestia. But that`s life. What`s life, you might ask?
This week, before Christmas, we didn't have much going on because everyone left on vacation and the members were all busy with Christmas-y things, so we decided to serve in a traditional American way--CAROLING! We carolled to the members and presented them El Plan Misional de Familia--aka the way the members can get more involved in missionary work and we do this things they way it`s supposed to be done (the missionaries help and support the members in their missionary responsibilities). We sang and gave out no-bake cookies and everyone loved it. They commented on how we were just like the people in all those Christmas movies! The weird thing is, that`s one thing that happens in real life and not just movies--unlike most things you see on the big screen. It was cool.
Here in our ward, the members are lacking a little bit in faith--faith in their friends, families, neighbors, the other members, etc. It`s sad, because without faith, we can`t do anything! Faith is the first principle of the gospel! It`s hope. It`s belief. We always need to have hope and faith. Have faith in your friends and family and neighbors!! We can do great things! God is on our side! We`re helping to animar a los miembros aquí so that we can have success. This is the only way.
Also, happy New Years Adam today, and Halfy Anniversary last week! On Christmas, we watched On The Way Home and I bawled. Love that movie. Also, I tried cuy (guinea pig) this week! It doesn't taste that good, but it was cool to try.
I hope you have a wonderful New Years! Here, Christmas isn`t that big of a deal, but New Years is HUGE! The have superstitions that will help you have good luck for the next year: eat 12 grapes at midnight, run around the block with an empty suitcase, count money at midnight, drink champagne and throw the glass over your shoulder into the street, and they burn life-size dolls (and some even bigger) of someone or something who had a big happening during the year representing the burning of all the bad that happened and makes room for new good things to happen. It`s pretty exciting. I`ll let you know how it all goes. Last night, people already started the parties and were even listening to Ace of Base! I thought of you, Mom!
Well, I`m out of time. Take care! Exito!!! Rabbit rabbit! See you next year! I`ll be the first one to walk in Ecuador in 2014 on Mars!!
P.S. Pres. Torres`s family likes Master of Disguise.
P.P.S. I was reading through the December 2011 Liahona and Whitney Stephenson was in there singing in a choir with Pres. Holland in the background!
P.P.P.S. 11 months?? Whaaaaat?
P.P.P.P.S. D&C 68:6