(Note to Friends)
I have learned a lot this Christmas season. We really can and should have the Christmas Spirit ALL YEAR. The best way to do so is really look in at yourself like the scriptures have taught, and the prophets repeated many a time, look not to cast the splinter out of another's eye, but look to cast the beam out of your own first. It´s amazing what you learn when you quit judging others and look inward to see what you can do to become better first. It really does bring us closer to Christ. Hope all is well with those who have all been so good to me, my examples, my friends, mis amigos. May we all strive to "conocer" the words of Christ and act to follow Him, not just "saber" His words and have a belief. Let us be filled with the light and life of Faith this new year and Continually strenghten the Christmas Spirit and Always Remember Him! Con Amor- Elder Terrance Farnsworth
I guess you have to trust the people here when they say nobody will be here on the First of the Year (we went through the streets looking for restaurants to eat at, because our cook was unavailable, and it really looked like a ghost town. We could cross the streets without worrying about any, and I mean any, cars; with the strong winds here and the trash in the street, someone could´ve made a pretty good movie shoot). Anyways no one was to be seen and almost all the restaurants were closed. However during the night of new years (after having a meal with some members and tres leches, and after retiring to bed) I woke up at 12:00 en punto to the sound of war. The real south was rising again. Fireworks were going off all over the place. Back on the subject of our lunch, we found a fruit stand open and bought WATERMELON! Piñas, y Fresas or strawberries, we then went home and made some great smoothies, One of my companion´s specialties. I am converted to fruit smoothies and milkshakes!
To trust the word of the people once more, they all told us that the first Sunday of the year a ton of people come and we saw it happen! Hardly any room to put people. We had 90 people assist church this Sunday! Lately it has been 54 to 60 in attendance. If we can keep 'em coming for a period of time and keep bringing more in, we´ll be needing a ward and a new chapel! That´s the goal!
A few more pictures from his previous outing to the rainforest: