Hope you all had a Maligayang Pasko! (Merry Christmas) Ours was great! Our Christmas week was full of different events! On Monday night, our district went caroling at one of the local hospitals here in Cauayan! It was kind of funny to see the reaction of people when foreigners, filipinos, and half foreigner/filipino's walk in wanting to sing to sick people. But it was a great event! The nurse gave us pretty much a tour of the whole hospital, and we got to sing Christmas Carols to young people, old people, and everyone in between. I was so grateful for the opportunity to sing and at least do our best to lift people's spirits in the Christmas season... Who wants to be in the hospital for Christmas? So I'm glad we did that, and we felt the spirit of the Lord for sure in those rooms.
The next day, we had exchanges with the Assistants. I was with Elder Monilla again. But we didnt just have a regular day, we got to go to Mabini to become Santa. An Elder who has already gone home, sent a TON of stuff to deliver to people for Christmas. So Elder Monilla and I delivered food, soap, rice, and some extra candy to some really really humble people. Their eyes lit up when they saw the well needed food and supplies that really were a tender mercy for these people.
Christmas was an awesome day. We tried to work even harder on Christmas day. We were able to talk to a lot of people and share a lot of messages about Christ and His birth. And plus we got fed a TON of food. Then at the end of the day, there was that peaceful confirmation that we had done our best.
The branch Christmas Party was awesome! Sylvia Pascua was able to come as well as some investigators of the Sister's. The Branch is really close with one another and it made it just an great time. We played games, gave presentations, and all kinds of stuff. The missionaries also became judges for some of the contests. And then of course, we ate a lot of food.
It has been a great week! This week is transfer week for us. Neither of us are transferring so we get another cycle together! Wahoo! But I know that this is the Gospel of Jesus Christ! I want to bear a last Christmas testimony :) I know Christ was born to save us from our sins, IF we come unto Him. He is the one called "Wonderful. Counselor, The Mighty God, The Prince of Peace" May we feel His presence in our lives! Have a great week and New Years!