But im going to start with the beginning of the work. for our pday we went to Malaga because our zone had rented out a gym and we played lots of volleyball/futball. And then afterwards, we went to the capilla and ate this giant paella that a member had made for all of us! so sweet! and then we all went to Malaga Centro and sang christmas carols. It was such a nice contrast to all the other "performers" that were there as well.. it reminded me a bit of NYC with all the street performers that were there. But we had some great missionary opportunities with that:)
Then on the 24th, we did a white elephant gift exchange with our district (aka el mejor distrito en todo del mundo) and played some games. Then we went to Ernesto´s house, and his mom had prepared this Paraguayan feast for us! it was so good! and they gave me a gift for my birthday:) it was so sweet. Afterwards we went to the capilla and played futbal with the elders, and then went to Carla´s house and played barbies with her daughter (it was my last joven thing to do before i turned into an "adult") and ate even more food! Lets just say i am still full. haha
Then it was CHRISTMAS MORNING!! and my birthday...:) and i opened an awesome package from my family, we did some studies, went and played more games with the elders, and then went to the familia Maza´s house for some more food!! SO MUCH FOOD. and they made me a cake and sang!! they are so sweet. And then after, we went to the office and SKYPEDDDDD. it was SO GOOD to see my family. best birthday present ever:) Afterwards, we went to a members house and she made us some dessert, and then we walked around downtown and looked at lights with the elders and that was an end to the best birthday/christmas. haha
Then the other days were back to normal, except a little more difficult because everyone was busy from after christmas. So its been a little hard to meet with people! but one of the greatest things was that yesterday at church.. we had TWO investigators come, TWO recent converts come, and FOUR of our menos activos come! it was such a good day! It is one of the best feelings when you see an investigator or a less active member walk into the doors of the capilla. Because you can see the difference that it makes. I am so grateful for the opportunity that we have to go to church everyweek and partake of the sacrament. (i almost forgot how to say that in english.. the transformation is happening!!)
Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes!! i feel so loved :) i hope you all had a great christmas and were able to think about our Savior and Redeemer and the influence that He has had in your life. For me, He is everything. I am so happy to be out here serving Him everyday and invite people to come unto him.