Well. Let me start off this email with the statement: I'm an idiot. Hahah. Last week I wrote a zillion emails and letters and I realized on Christmas day that I spelled "Merry Christmas" wrong in all of them! Hahaha I wrote "Marry". At least I think I did. Just know that I wasn't commanding you to marry Christmas, such an act would be dumb. I was simply wishing you a merry, or happy, time haha.
Christmas was awesome. It was so neat to be able to Skype with y'all! I keep saying that time flies on the mission, and that is true, but no time flies faster than that hour of Skype. It starts and ends all in the same instant. I love y'all a whole lot! After the call we played a really fun game with the Stromberg family called "The King of Tokyo". It was about being a monster and trying to be the first to kill Tokyo, sorry Betsy. It reminded me of being home with y'all and playing games. A good way to spend Christmas day. At night we went over to our ward mission leader's house and ate some real good Carne Asada. There was a HUGE crowed of people there. It felt like the entire city of El Paso was crammed into that trailer. Needless to say it was a blast. I love Mexican culture haha. They do Christmas a little weird, too. They stay up on Christmas eve and then open presents at. I guess Santa must hit all the Mexican houses first cause my gifts never came until at least .
Elder Gillette and I bought Brother Kelly a puzzle for Christmas. It's 2000 pieces and has 2 giant kittens on it! He loves it. As soon as he gets back from his trip we're gonna put it together with him. he's in Provo, actually, so keep an eye out for him! I love that man. He got us a whole ton of European candy and flavored popcorn for our present, he's a good guy.
The day after Christmmas we taught a guy named Carlos. Carlos is legit. He's been dating a member of the church for forever and finally on Christmas he woke up and decided he was ready for baptism. They had just arrived in Odessa the week before so they figured out our number and gave us a call! Thiers is a weird relationship.. He's from El Salvador and speaks pretty broken English, she's from Arizona and speaks no Spanish at all, but they still love each other I guess! We teach him in 100% Spanglish. The best, most fluent Spanglish that has ever left my lips. It's so fun. I imagine I'll speak something like that when I get home. He'll be baptized on the. Oh yeah, and for church they are gonna go to the last 2 hours of the second ward and then the first two hours of the Spanish branch. That way they can both be nourished by the good word!
Wulp. It's new years time! AKA time to set some real good resolutions and goals!! There is a neat article about goals in this months Ensign that I studied yesterday. As far as I'm concerned the key to success in life and to accomplishing goals is to have the goal be a God Centered Goal. For example: if someone had the goal of graduating college in the top of the class, that is a really good goal, that shows what they believe they can achieve, but they don't have the very best perspective yet. Why do they want to graduate at the top of the class? So they can get a better job. Why do they want a better job? So they can support their family, or have a flexible schedule, or whatever it may be. Now if the person dedicates their goal to their future family, or dedicates that extra time to helping their family and God it becomes a God Centered Goal. When you have a GCG you are fully entitled to have God's help in achieving the goal! Neatk. What are y'all's resolutions?
I love y'all so so much! Have a really good week and stay warm and safe:)
Elder Caleb Porter