Monday, December 21, 2015

Multizona and Branch Activity

With the donkey

Hey everyone! Feliz Navidad!!

It is such a privilege to be in the service of the Lord and serving and teaching children of our Heavenly Father, our brothers and sisters. This is such a wonderful time of the year. I love Christmas and spending time with loved ones and more importantly celebrating the birth of our Savior and Redeemer of the world, Jesus Christ. We had a great multizone conference with Presidente Velez and Hermana Velez talked focused a lot on the Savior. He asked us what we are going to give to the Lord this Christmas. We talked a lot about the attributes of Christ. Patience, love, kindness, service, charity, humiltiy, diligence, and many more. It really made me think about Christmas more than I ever have. 
Waiting for the Multizona to start
Elders Erickson, Finlayson y Bennett
Esquinapa zona
With Elder Castillo and Hermana Velez
After the devotional we then played musical chairs with all the missionaries in the zone which was a great time. 
Musical Chairs
Presidente Velez playing musical chairs
We then ate lunch and watched the movie Inside Out! It was great to see Elder Moncayo and meet other missionaries in the mission.
Reunited with Elder Moncayo

Last Saturday we had our Branch Christmas Party which was a great success! Elder Castillo and I arrived at about 3 o'clock and we started preparing the food for the party. We cooked up a pig and we made about 250 tacos for everyone that came!
Elder Castillo's father is a butcher so they processed the pig

150 tacos
It was such a great time with friends and people in the branch. We had the Nativity play and I played the role of the angel which went pretty good! We also had the opportunity to hit pinatas and listen to musical numbers. I love Teacapan and the members here.
The angel speaking to Mary

For Unto you a Child is Born
Entering in on the donkey
The 3 Wisemen
Everyone in the live nativity

This last week was a little difficult having lessons and missionary work due to the parties and fiestas but next week we are going to work more diligently!

I am truly loving Mexico. Its different, but so worth it. Elder Holland says that we always remember our first Christmas away from home. His was during his mission in England and on Christmas Day they knocked on doors all day and had no success, but it was the first time he truly understood the Savior's birth and why we celebrate Christmas! I may be away from home, but I am truly understanding and learning more about the reason for the season and its truly awesome. Christmas is within our hearts and Jesus Christ is our light in all things. Even if the world is starting to get darker, we can remain in the light through Jesus Christ and his Atonement.

I get to talk to my family this week via Skype and I am sooo exicted! It will be so good to see and talk to them!

I love this time of the year and for our Savior, Jesus Christ. I wish everyone Feliz Navidad y un Prospero Año! Take care everyone! Gracias por todo!

Elder Bennett
Fishing again today

Lupita Beach

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