Merry Christmas! We're doing our best to make it feel like Christmas here but this morning when I went running it was 24 degrees when I left and 32 when I got home about an hour later. The only problem is that's in Celsius! We have a tree and we constantly listen to Christmas music which helps. Last night we had a sweet experience. We attended a concert of several choirs, most of them from various churches in the area. It was all Christmas music, even a rendition of It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas in English which was excellent. Of course we were represented and a women's choir sang The Nativity Song from the Primary Songbook with children acting all of the parts. Then they sang I'm Trying to be Like Jesus. It was beautifully done and we felt well represented! The Spirit was sweet and strong.
We're getting ready for our Christmas Zone Conferences next week. We had transfers this week so now the missionaries are scrambling to put together a song or skit with their new zones.
Last month we had a leadership council where we had the zones do skits. I laughed until I cried. Our Zone Conference should be fun. We also have some amazing musical talent that will be presenting. We're planning on having a lot of fun and also feeling the spirit of Christmas in our hearts.
Until a couple of months ago all of our assistants have been Brazilian. Howard called an American a couple of transfers ago and another one this transfer. We love our Brazilians, our Hispanics and our Fillipinos every bit as much as our Americans, but it's been fun for me to have two BYU fans around!
We are so grateful for the privilege we have of serving the Lord here in Brazil! We are grateful for all of the young men and women who have sacrificed this time in their lives to serve here with us and we are grateful for all of the families who give them the love and support they need and deserve. And we are thankful to you, our family and friends, who constantly support us with your love and prayers.
May you have the spirit of Christmas, the spirit of love and of Christ in your hearts and homes this Christmas Season.
Our new missionary couple, David and Kathryn Pierce
The oldies but goodies
Always sad to see them go!
Happy birthday to me!
Wedding of one of our missionaries
Wonderful time with Sonia!
Good times with good friends and family at the mission presidents seminar
Missionaries leaving and former missionary friends who came to say goodbye