We were all so excited to sit around the computer and skype with Elder McClune yesterday. He has already learned so much! his Spanish is coming along well, and he is happy. We sure do love Elder McClune and are so grateful for him.
His letter from this week:
Last P-day we were supposed to play soccer as a zone after email, but we got rained out. Got some dope pictures of lightning later that night tho.
All of the missionaries got together for a public . Each zone sang a song. My zone, Viru Viru, sang "Escuchad el son triunfal" which blended into "Jingle Bells" which ended in "Feliz Navidad". We weren't the worst, but I wouldn't go so far as to say we were the best haha. But people enjoyed it, everyone had a good time. Elder Silva is a wizard on the piano. Completely self-taught, he can play literally any song just by hearing it a few times. My favorites are the Mario Meledy and the Shire song.
Our schedule is packed. We have absolutely zero time to relax or goof-off. I only get 30 min. every morning to work out, and there are no weights to use. I only have a jumprope, exercise bands and myself. And the only music I have to listen to is church music. So just picture me doing push-ups to "Battle Hymn of the Republic" hahaha
The ward had a Christmas activity. All of the kids did a Nativity scene renactment. It was so funny and sweet to watch. A lot of our investigators (people that we are teaching) came! Huge success, fun night.
Elder Silva and I were walking by a farmers market of sorts when I saw this lil gatito (cat) chowing down on a side of beef hahaha.
So as many of you know, missionaries only get an hour a week to write home. But we also get to Skype or call our families on Christmas! I know that sounds super strict and tough. It is but it also helps me stay focused here. Anyway, best Christmas present ever, and the shortest hour of my life. So blessed to have such an amazing family:)
A scripture that I picked up during my study, now one of my favorites:
Doctrine & Covenants 6:34
Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail.
Incredible. This life is not easy, for anyone. We all have our own trials and problems that we deal with. But I know that if we trust in the Lord, if we build the foundation of our lives on Him and His gospel, that we can overcome anything.
Belated Merry Christmas! As always thank you for your thoughts, letters, and prayers.
Also, look up the song " I am here" by the Bonner family. So stinking good!!
Con amor, Elder McClune