We have a great tradition in our part of Chile, which is the devotionals held by the districts and stakes. Tonight we attended our fourth one, including one in a small branch, 2 ½ hours away.
It is a great opportunity for the Primary children, adult choir and often the missionaries, to sing. And President Warne always gets the opportunity to say a few words, usually without advance notice:) Tonight all 27 missionaries serving in the San Fernando district sang several songs. They were an inspiring group and did a great job.
By means of the Christmas zone conferences, participating in devotionals, and trying to make sure everyone receives either a package from home or a small gift from us, we try to ensure the missionaries will enjoy Christmas in the mission field. Also we are moving the district meeting for this week to Thursday and we will visit as many zones as we can. The custom in Chile is for families to spend Christmas Eve together, have a late dinner and open presents at midnight. Many members and even some investigators are kind enough to have dinner much earlier than normal so missionaries can join them. Everyone has to be home no later than 11, but they really enjoy being part of a family celebration.
We miss our families, but celebrating Jesus’ birth reminds us of our purpose—to help people know Christ and feel the joy that we feel as part of the restored church. These thoughts bring peace and make Christmas time even more special. It also helps that they can talk to families on Christmas Day!
Please accept our best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and thanks for sharing our experiences through this blog.
|A picture of the zone after the serious part. Next comes the fun!|
|Elders patiently waiting for the sisters to get their food first.|