This week has been a very special week as we had Navidad down here in Guatemala. One thing that I have to say, is that Christmas on a mission is very special. It's a Christmas when one is fully focused on Christ and is not like a traditional Christmas that can sometimes over take the real meaning of Christmas.
My companion and I decided that if we were going to make our Christmas memorable this year, that it would be from giving and not receiving. In order to do that, we decided to have our own Sub for Santa Guatemala style. Hermano Hector and his family came to our mind. So Christmas Eve we went out searching for toys, treats, and clothes. Wow, we did good. We even bought brands from the states! That night we arrived at their house and made sure that no one was looking. We knocked on the door and left a huge heavy box full of gifts and toys on the porch and ran!
The next day Hermano Hector came to our house and told us how grateful he was for what we did! Haha, it must have been the pictures of Christ that we gave them to put up on their wall that gave it away!;) He told us that he didn't have any money this year to buy any gifts for his children and one of his daughters had been asking and wishing for a Barbie for Christmas. That's exactly what we got her! The kids truly thought that this year, for the first time, Santa came to their house! It makes me proud and happy inside, to know that the Christmas that Hermano Hector and his family had, will be one that they will always remember!
Other than that, this week I got sick from eating so many tamales. This will also be one of the memories that I will always remember as I think of the Christmases on my mission! A mission is a lot like college. It prepares one for all the challenges that they are going to face in life, and builds one's testimony so that they can truly understand the Lords will and the love that He has for them! The church is true! y feliz año nuevo!
Tortilla Total: 1685
Tamales that I ate this week:11