I hope everyone had a WONDERFUL NEw YEars!!!! I actually really enjoyed my New YEars!!! I think apart from talking to family on xmas it was better than xmas for me. this cool couple invited us and the elders over for a dinner especially made for us. This may shock you, but the tradition here for new years is ....eat a lot, and be with your family hahah pretty much every holiday here is the same. The couple told mission stories that had us in STITCHES laughing, some of the best mission stories ive ever heard. the sister also made us these little hand wrapped baskets of candies, it was super thoughtful.
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OK but one thing that happened that night is that we were all snug as a bug in a rug when at 230 in the morning we hear. GUERRAAAA. which means WHITE GIIIIIRL. over and over and over and over, every minute or so, like an alarm. im thinking....its kids from the neighborhood that know i live here making fun of me or something? i let it slide for about a half hour until im just done with it. i look out the window and its a mom and her daughter. theyre calling out to their family apparently. (if the people here have light skin they also use this word to identify t hem. ) we went down to let them into our little group of houses, and then it was so hard to sleep after that. i kept hearing the way she was shouting it for a good while. we were so tired the next day and NO ONE WAS AROUND. i thought christmas would be empty, but no, on christmas people were selling and buying stuff. on new years it looked like the set of a western movie here. cue the tumbleweed!!!
also is ANOTHER holiday. its really pointless if you ask me. its the 3 kings? i have no idea how to say it in English because it doesnt exist. picture that they celebrate xmas, and then because the 3 kings brought gifts, on the they celebrate by giving the kids gifts. ive had a lot of conversations with moms here like 'isnt that just a ton of money?' and theyre like 'yes!!!' hahah. all the celebrating makes missionary work a little tougher than usual. for example tonight we were going to go with one of our investigators but we just found out that a huge parade is going to block his business and that he will probably be busy serving food anyway. we are ready for life to go back to normal here!!!
Ive been digging this Brigham Young quote about persecution in the church.
"Every time they persecute and try to overcome this people, they elevate us, weaken their own hands, and strengthen the arms and hands of this people. And every time they undertake to lessen our number, they increase it. And when they try to destroy the faith and virtue of this people, the Lord strengthens the feeble knees, and confirms the wavering faith and power in God, in light, and intelligence."
Awesome. well keep up those emails!!!! i love you all and am thinking of you all the time!!!