Well like always I will start off by answering your wonderful questions-
1- I asked him how he was feeling since he has lost some weight. I also asked how much he has lost and what he was doing to lose the weight. Are you ready for this long, creative answer? Buckle up!
1-Well I feel free!!! All of my life I have been a little fat--its true! So now that I am not that fat I feel like a baby goat drinking warm milk by a warm campfire being watched by a shepherd. I feel like a ripe watermelon getting ready to win the South Canadian State Fair. I feel so good that I feel like a herd of geese migrating to the North Pole because they have secretly found Santa Claus and they are getting ready to start a new productive life as helpers of the helping elves. In fact you might say that I don't feel like a Jew. What I am doing to feel like this is really nothing special. I am just walking all day and I am in the heat all the time and I am doing basic exercise in the morning!! I would say that I have lost a good 20 lbs or even 30 lbs (everything I said above was a joke btws)
2- I asked Garrett if he had received the package with the letter garland we all made for him.
2- YESSSSSSSSSS, I received your package. I LOVED IT SO MUCH!!!!!!!!! That was such a good idea. I hung it up on the wall and I love what you guys did there--it was awesome!!!! I will never forget that--that was SO COOL! Those Christmas ties were so cool as well.
3- I asked him if he was excited to talk to us on Christmas.
3- Yes I am, but at the same time I am petrified because this will be the 3rd time that we have talked and that just shows how long I have been serving. I can't believe that I have been in the mission for such a long but short time!!!!! But yes I am super excited to talk to you!! (If I am interpreting this correctly, I think he said he is petrified because he doesn't want his mission to be coming to an end.)
4- Yes, this week I will take a picture with my entire district!!!
5- I asked him what he is feeling the most grateful for right now.
5- The Atonement and the chance that I have to return to the Lord's presence!! Without repentance we cannot be perfected and repentance is a principle of perfection. I am also grateful for you guys!!!<3
6- I will see if I can email Grandma in just a little bit today!!! If I run out of time, please tell her Happy Birthday and that I love her and that they are all in my prayers!!! Oh, and wish them a Merry Christmas.
7- This is an answer to a question a few weeks ago. I asked him what the question, "How can we reverse entropy?" means? I still have no idea what he is talking about.
7- Well to answer the last question "how can we reverse entrapy?" the answer is as follows..."there is not enough information to process the question" (look up "The Last Question" its a short story)
Well now I will tell everyone that reads this email about my week-
Tuesday was a normal day. We worked hard and we got cooked by the freaking hot sun! We helped people understand what they are doing wrong and how they can fix their lives!!! Tuesday was a normal day.
Wednesday we had District meeting, and I asked my compañero Elder Zelayaran to teach about La Expiacion (the atonement) and he taught it very well. He didn't do it perfectly because no one is perfect, but he did a good job!! Then I taught about the atonement and the plan of salvation and the familia and basically I taught deep doctrine, but I did gain a better understanding of the plan and the atonement and I definitely felt the spirit!!!! So I challenged my district to teach about the importance of the familias con sus invesigadores!! I felt like I did a good job!
Thursday we really couldn't work because we had meetings all day with Elder Uceda of the 70. Basically we learned how we can work with a better ward council!!
Friday we had more meetings with Elder Uceda and WOW is he really cool!!! Wow he teaches by the spirit so powerfully!!! When he shared his last testimony I was paralyzed by the spirit. I honestly couldn't move my body because the spirit was so strong!!!!! Wow, you guys should have been there. I cannot describe how powerful that was!!!!
Saturday we worked alot and we invited like everyone we could to come to church. So, we just went like everywhere to invite alot of people to come.
Sunday we had a lot of meetings and it was a busy day with the devotional navideña and that was way cool!!! Is it just me or are the talks for like general conference and the devotional are they getting better, like more powerful?
Well this was basically my week. I hope you guys can feel like you are here with me as I do this sacred work!!! I love you with all of my heart and all of my soul!!! I want you to know that the Lord God is my king and He is my all!!!
|Elder Juan Uceda - Quorum of the Seventies|
|The Christmas letter garland on display in Garrett's apartment|