|Pic with President and Hermana Russell at the Multi-Zone Christmas Conference|
|Having a super nice dinner with all the missionaries in Rivas.|
|We were fed again later in the evening on Christmas Eve. Great food!|
Elder Jensen, me, Elder Foster, and Elder Smith.
Then, Christmas day was the best because we had a baptism (see below) and then I got to Skype with my family. Although, after I finished talking to home, I thought of a billion things that I wanted to ask about. I was a little disappointed because I forgot all my questions.
|Skipping with my family on Christmas Day.|
|B. and his family at B's baptism on Christmas Day.|
|Elder Smith, along with C, J, A, and myself|
at the baptismal service on Saturday.
On Saturday, two of the baptisms are sisters -- A. and C. They have wanted to be baptized for a while, but their parents are Catholic and very against them joining the church. The sisters are 18 and 20, so they didn't necessarily need permission from their parents, but they were hoping they would still consent to their decision. Elder Smith and I helped them see the importance of baptism and faith in the Lord, and they proceeded even though their parents were not happy about it. But both of them had finished reading the Book of Mormon and knew it was true, and now they are super happy to finally be baptized! After their baptism, they asked us for Triple Combinations so that they could start reading the Doctrine and Covenants.
|Three of the people that I had been working with in Masaya who all got|
baptized on Saturday.
The third baptism on Saturday was a lady named J. Her husband had been baptized about 8 months ago, but she didn't want anything to do with the missionaries for a long time. However, one of the members of the ward helped out a ton so that we could finally teach her, and another miracle -- she decided that she wanted to be baptized during the Christmas holiday as well. I also just found out from Elder Nolasco that three people in my last area in Masaya were also baptized. I had been working for 3 weeks with a couple who we committed to be married and baptized last Saturday, so I was super happy to see that they kept their commitments and also got baptized this past week. So this past week just seemed to be a total series of miracles and it turned out to be a great Christmas.
|One of the cool Nicaraguan traditions is placing these dummies filled with fireworks all around town.|
Then at midnight on New Year's Eve, they all get blown up. Awesome!