¡Buenas tardes y feliz navidad!
Here we are to the week of Christmas! Wow, how time does fly. I think I have been mentioning that too much lately, but time indeed is flying by. Many people can be seen doing some last minute shopping as Christmas Eve gets ever closer. Here in Mexico, the majority celebrate more on the twenty-fourth than they do on the twenty-fifth. The twenty-fourth is known as “noche buena”. A good mix of traditions can be seen here in Mexico City, as each family celebrates a little differently. Some famlilies are not even ‘clients’ of the Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, as their primary service providers are Los Reyes Magos. That just means that there are more opportunities for resellers to capitalize on the season.
We here are fighting to help others recognize and remember the true meaning of Christmas. Allong with the “El es la Dádiva” campain, we have been handing out some small pass-along cards to people that have information about the “El es la Dádiva” video. Just another way to remind people about what our Heavenly Father has given to each and every one of us.
Friday was our ward’s Christmas dinner. Although it started fairly late, things went fairly well. Before serving the food, the members did a small program of activities and songs. The Relief Society sisters prepared rice, ponche, and nopales and the Bishop provided the main course of barbacoa (sheep). They also served a consome (sort of a broth) of the barbacoa. After the food was served they had some piñatas for the kids. A couple of our investigators accompanied us and they had a fairly good time.
Saturday, we went caroling as a zone in the area of Nueva Aragon. The ward over there arranged a location in the evening tianguis where we sang various hymns and contacted people. I think we had more than thirty contacts (at least) overall. The members were also handing out some ponche and had some speakers set up to accompany us. Attached is a picture of the zone (sorry that I wasn’t looking at the camera that took this pic, there were various taking pictures all a the same time).
We have various things going on this week. Wednesday, we will be having our mission Christmas activity. There will be three different activities this year because the mission has vastly grown from what it was last year. Our activity will be right here in our own chapel. We will have a sort of tallent show and there will be some other activities along with some food. Elder Mayo and I have also been invited to participate in a small gift exchange with a family in the ward. We also hope to have a baptism this week. Overall, we are very excited for this week!
Well, time is up so I need to wrap up this weeks email. I hope everyone has a very merry Christmas! I know that this church is true and that this is the work of the Lord. There is nowhere I’d rather be right now. Truley, it is something else to be sharing the gospel with others at this time of the year. I know that Christ lives. He loves us and we should seek to do all that we can to return to Him some day. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Elder Tyler Gardner
PS….. I was able to pick up my gift box from Sis. Vega this afternoon.