Monday, January 4, 2016

Week 30 ¡¡¡¡¡2016!!!!

Here we are! Another year, another opportunity to make the world and our lives a little better. 

I hope that you all had a great time ringing in the New Year! Things here in El Salvador were a little boring. But I still got to experience some Chilean New years traditions!

One of the things that people love to do here is make scarecrows out of old clothes and newspapers from the last year, and then at midnight they drench it in alcohol and light it on fire. And then set off like confetti cannons and drink a lot. Seriously. There was a lot of drinking. When we went out in the morning, there were piles of ashes and stakes where the scarecrows were burned, confetti and glitter everywhere, empty beer bottles and wine bottles everywhere, the occasional vomit pile in the street, you know. The regular. Haha. 

When midnight hit, Hermana Handley and I were acutally already in bed with the lights off. But we heard the sirens, cannons, fires, people, and a whole BUNCH of dogs, go off at midnight. Then the conversation went something like this, 

¨Happy New Year Hermana.¨ 

¨Yeah, Happy New Year.¨

We really lived it up. 

The best thing about this week though, is that our investigator José finished all of the lessons and doenst have a problem with anything! He told us that he used to drink coffee all the time, and he still doesnt see how it is bad for him, but that he knows Joseph Smith is a prophet so he knows God told him to not drink coffee, so he doesnt. He carries an herbal tea packet with him so when his friends all are drinking coffee, he just asks for hot water and drinks his tea. It is a great way to resist temptation. He is so excited to be baptized! He is has his interview tomorrow, is getting married on Wednesday, and baptized on the 14th! And to top it all off, my Mission President is going to come and visit El Salvador on the 17th, which is when José gets confirmed! The second time my Mission President has ever visisted El Salvador, and there is going to be the first baptism and confirmation in 3 years! We are so happy!

This week really has been amazing. We are working harder than ever, Hermana Handley ends her mission the first week of February, so we are determined to send her off in a spectacular fashion. :) 

I love you all so much. Thank you all for your emails and your prayers. They all really make the difference. I wish you all the best of luck for this new year. There is a great little video that the church made about a New Year. Im not sure what it is called in English. Im gonna go look and post the link. One sec.....

Found it.

Happy New Year everyone. Remember, the future is what is ahead. That is what we can change, what we can shape. The past is past. We cant touch it. But we can give it to God, and he can use it to make something amazing. 

Hermana Randall

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