I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and ate lots of turkey! Even though I just sent a letter out on Thursday, I am going to send out another letter today!
My thanksgiving was super fun. Thanksgiving morning we went and played soccer and volleyball with the members in our ward for a couple of hours.
la Familia Matus
|la Familia Davila|
la Familia Davila
Then, we had a Thanksgiving dinner con la Familia Davila. We played this super funny game called "habla chancho" with everyone who was at the Davila's house. It's this game where there's someone in the middle that's blindfolded and has a stick. Then they had to find someone, tap them with the stick, and say "habla chancho." Then the person that they tapped has to make a pig sound, and the person who is it has to guess who it is. This game was seriously soooo much fun!! Overall, I had a wonderful thanksgiving day. It was so much fun being with people who really just felt like family.
Hermana Duvall with Bev and Steve Spark
Hermana Duvall and Hermana Chavex with Bev Spark
On Saturday, Hermana Chavez and I got to have another Thanksgiving Dinner with my mom's cousin, Bevie Ann, and her family! That was a special treat to spend time with some family. They live close to the Minnesota and Wisconsin border, so we drove over to Wisconsin! So now I can say that I've been there haha. Shout out to my cousin, Collin Smith!! I am so grateful to have them so close!!
This weekend we were able to meet with Jessica!! I don't remember if I mentioned her last week, but she is 12 years old and is just super awesome. She has so much faith and loves praying and reading the scriptures! She told us that she loves when her family can pray together because they just seems so much happier and unified. That is so true! Prayer is a powerful tool that we have been given, and I know that it really changes our perspective on life as we pray more often. She was able to come to church yesterday, and she really loved it. She has a desire to be baptized, but she isn't able to just yet because her parents don't want her to be. However, they are willing to let her continue to take the lessons and come to church! So, eventually, i am positive that Jessica will be baptized!
We recently started teaching one of the sons of a member in the ward named Gabriel. Hermana Santiago, his mom, has been through a lot in her life and had been inactive for a while. But recently started coming back to church and loves it. Gabriel has a desire to learn more about this church and eventually wants to be baptized in the future. We just started teaching him on Friday, but he is excited to learn more and more!
As some of you may know, the church recently came out with the Christmas initiative, and I love what they decided to do this year. We have been having a lot of success with sharing this video with people at the grocery store and gas station. I love the theme of this video and the initiative for this Christmas season. The theme is "LIGHT THE WORLD." #lighttheworld We can light the world as we follow the example of Jesus Christ; and, we can share His light as we serve as He served. What a better way to learn more about Jesus Christ and the true meaning of Christmas than to walk in His footsteps and serve our fellow men! I want to invite all of you to take up the #LighttheWorld challenge: visit Mormon.org and look at the different ways you can serve. Starting December 1st (this Thursday) every single day we are given ideas of different ways we can serve just as Jesus Christ served!! It says in John 8:12: "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." Jesus Christ really is the Light of the World! I know that He is our Savior and as we choose to turn towards Him, He can bring us out of darkness and into the light. I know that as we choose to serve others this Christmas season, we can be the hands that helps those who are lost in darkness feel the Light of the Savior's love!! Check out the link to the Light the World video at:
I love you all so much and thanks for all of the support!! Don't forget, Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ, love you all soooooo much more!!
Minnesota Minneapolis Mission