It has been fun fun fun to be with our missionaries and have a good time together and feel the Spirit of Christmas, which is the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
We have felt, perhaps stronger than ever before the feeling of love and endearment with our sons and daughters here, as we have sung these sacred Christmas hymns, laughed at their funny, musical numbers, and dried our eyes as we watched again the short video of Luke 2 and heard President Clayton give his closing devotional.
It has been a memorable time with each of our 186 missionaries.
We have taken a plethora of pictures... So so many! What to add to our blog??? What to leave off?? Let's see....here goes! :)
Our first Christmas celebration was with the Vallarta, Tepic and Santiago zones
Getting ready for the gift exchange. The 40 peso limit was awesome :)
The Elders exchanged ties and the Hermana´s gave treats, and accessories
to each other. There were lots of sweet gifts given, and clever ways to
wrap them all up!
The funnest part was the story telling how to pass
the gifts back and forth.
Moving the gifts a la derecha, o hacia la izquierda.
Back and forth the gifts went until the story ended
and the gift you were left with was yours.
Such a fun time together!
President reading a Christmas story
First musical number
The assistants put together a short video
they entitled Twice in White, highlighting
our missionaries with their new converts
on baptism day. Then the video unfolds pictures
of our missionaries with the faithful individuals
and families who have prepared to go with them
to the Temple.
We gave each missionary a copy of the video.
I love Hermana Dominguez´s face...
All three zones together
you think you´re all set, and you turned around
just in time to see this... :)
ok, here we are :)
a generational picture
Vallarta heading back home on the bus
Santiago in their van ready to get back as well
Next we have our Christmas Celebration with our
Guadalajara, Union, and Independencia zones
getting ready for the gift exchange as well
We love these missionaries!
We had each lunch catered and they all did a fabulous job
These Elders are enjoying their comida.
then a Christmas story
all the zones together
Our final Christmas Celebration
with Guzman Colima and Manzanillo
the gift exchange
first with Guzman Zone
all of us together
Thanking our wonderful lunch crew
Merry Merry Christmas to all!