Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas in Bolivia

Good Morning,

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas. It was good to see you all after so much time. I was surpised to see how much Justin has changed---definetly a growing boy.

On Christmas eve we went with a few of the members to go sing christmas hymns and to give out Christmas toys to the children and a dinner too. It was cool because the day before a lady called us (a lady that we talked to in the street and left her our number) and asked if we did something for the children for Christmas. And so the next day we went to her her house and sang a few hymns and then gave her family gifts and a dinner. They seemed pretty amazed. That night I didn't sleep all that well because when I went to bed there were fireworks until midnight and I felt like we were in the middle of the war with all the explosions and squeaks and squeals. 

This week we also helped the youth in the stake by going around and talking to people while they gave out cookies. Then we went and sang hymns on the corner of the street.

Some fun facts:  In our ward we spent 90 percent of the yearly budget on food. Which was like 38,000 bolivianos

A missionary in the ward recently returned from his mission on the California Irvine mission and I asked him if her knew Elder Gee and he said that yes, and that he was the one who picked him up in the airport. Pretty slim chances of that happening because he is the only Latino that I know of that went to the United States.

Anyway, I hope you all a very happy new year of 2016

Love, Elder Gilbert

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