magandag hapon po!
So great news! a member offered to let me skype at their house (which president said we could do if it was offered), so I will be able to skype you on Christmas! I’ll plan on about 10am here then christmas day, so about 7pm for you Christmas Eve. just be on your email about that time so we can work out the logistics. 🙂
wow Dad, it sounds like you had an adventure that second christmas in your mission! that is awesome! Christmas usually helps for the most part…there is a cultural thing here with caroling. people go around all the time and stand out in front of your gate and sing loud, off-key tagalog christmas songs until you come outside and give them money. and it’s such a part of the culture that if someone comes, you almost have no choice but to give them money. it’s expected. so we went caroling with the youth, but instead of taking the people’s money, we gave them a Book of Mormon. the caroling really helped because it gets people outside and talking to you at their gate way better than us just trying to “tao po” the doors. people usually look outside and then don’t come outside to talk to us, so the caroling helped us a lot in tracting yesterday.
Though it doesn’t feel too much like the Christmas season here in Tugue, I have been taking the opportunity to spend time learning about Jesus Christ. We went to Cauayan on Thursday for a Christmas devotional with President and Sister Rahlf, and it was wonderful! I am sooo grateful to be able to serve with the Rahlfs. I have learned so much from them. They are a wonderful blessing in my life.
I just want everyone to remember the real reason for Christmas, which is to celebrate the birth of our Savior. It was such a long-awaited occasion–at last, the One who could give us the assurance of a path to our eternal home would be born. and so now we celebrate the fact that He was born, that He lived a perfect life, that He atoned, that He died, and that He rose again the third day. Because of Christ, we have access to the power that can help us gain eternal life in the presence of our Heavenly Father. I hope we all take time this Christmas season to kneel in reverent prayer and offer gratitude to our Heavenly Father for sending His Son, and for blessing us with the gospel in our lives. It’s never been more real to me than here in the mission field, and it is truly a message of glad tidings and great joy!
well, I am super excited to talk to you this week!!! I will see you soon!!! 😀