Sunday, December 21, 2014

Merry almost Christmas!!!‏

Wow this has been another super busy week for us down here! Hope you are all enjoying this Christmas season, I definitely am.  Something about the spirit of Christmas make missionary work go a lot better.

So I may have mentioned last week, I don't remember, that we had interviews with president on Wednesday and then an activity with President Obeso and his wife.  We went a little late with the interviews on Wednesday so instead of interviewing us last, he treated us to lunch at McDonald's.  It was pretty funny because my companion is Elder McDonald, so he told the cashier that we were with the owner's son and they had to give us the meal for free.  It was really nice and fun, but strange to be with the mission president and his wife in McDonalds.  After we did exchanges with a couple elders in the zone, Elder Marsden from New Mexico started the mission with me and we were both trained in Punta Arenas so it was pretty fun to be back together.

Thursday we had the activity with President.  We had planned to sing in a choir in the plaza and contact people giving out Christmas cookies.  Well the whole thing basically fell apart at the last minute because the city didn't give us permission to use the plaza, so we were left hanging and as zone leaders we were responsible for organizing the whole thing.  I cannot remember being so stressed in my life, I literally went crazy. In the end we contacted a member who has a preschool/daycare who brought the kids and we sang for them and gave them cookies.  It worked out ok in the end, but definitely not as good as we wanted, but we learned a lot from it.

We're really excited for Christmas down here.  We're going to have a really special Christmas this year.  Our investigator, Fransisco, is going to be baptized on Christmas day! Fransisco is twelve years old and his family is really awesome. I'm really excited for him and for the blessing that it has been to work with him and his family.

Last thing, we have been working really hard in the zone lately to strengthen our relations with the members and work more united with them.  I wanted to ask, for those of you who are members, what makes you excited to do participate in the work of salvation and what would make you trust the missionaries more? For those of you who are missionaries, what have you done to strengthen your relations with the members and work together better?

Have a great week everyone! I love you!

Elder Cameron Dower

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