¡Hola familia, y feliz día de los reyes!
The Three Kings arrived throughout Mexico and South America last night to deliver their gifts to children. While Santa Clause does visit and deliver a few presents here, Los Reyes Magos commonly visit with more presents than the jolly old fellow. The tradition of the Three Kings refers to the Three Wise Men who visited the Christ child and delivered gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They continue the gift giving today and visit every year the night of January 5th.
Because of Los Reyes Magos, most kinds here in Mexico will be returning to school tomorrow. I assume that you all have already returned to school and work. Did you guys put any new year’s resolutions down? Remember that it is important to set goals and follow through with them. President Anaya talked to us about this in his letter last week, and this applies to all of us who wish to reach our full potential. Elder M. Russell Ballard said that “I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don’t set goals in our life and learn how to master the techniques of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential. When one learns to master the principles of setting a goal, he will then be able to make a great difference in the results he attains in this life” (see Preach My Gospel).
For New Years Eve this last week, my companion and I ate a KFC dinner with the family that we live with. That may not sound to novel, but it is the first time I have had KFC since I started my mission, and they don’t eat fast food here often. Other than that, the only ‘exciting thing’ that occurred this last week was a run to the hospital. Not for me, but rather my companion and I had to help run one of the Elders in our ward/district to the hospital. The father of the family that we live with works as a taxi driver, so we were able to call him and he ran us to a private hospital that accepts the Church’s medical insurance. I won’t mention the name of the Elder because I don’t want to freak his parents out if they perchance encounter my blog. Suffice it to say that he contracted a good bacterial infection in his intestines and prostate, but he is out of the hospital and recovering.
Well things continue to go well here. We hope to have a couple baptisms this week (the family that we live with), but that depends on if they get their papers from the judge and are able to marry this week or not. I guess we will see what happens.
Well, that is all for this week. Stay strong and start the new year off well!
Elder Tyler Gardner