Wednesday, January 1, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

December 2, 2013

Its December, which means its Chirstmas time. And to welcome in the Christmas season its been a little chilly these last couple days. You're not going to believe this but I woke us these last couple mornings so cold that I didn't want to shower (we dont have hot water here so its not that fun to shower in the cold). One day it even got down to 74 degreess...hahaha. But seriously, I was cold. I started thinking about the weather back home in April...its not that warm-I'm going to freeze to death!

We did have changes this week, but I am still here in San Miguel. But I'm not in a trio anymore, just me and Hermana Fuentes...we're going to spend 6 months together! Hermana Martinez left for Argentina today, along with Hermana Sosa. So there goes 2 of my 3 mission-daughters haha. Anyway, this week was also CARNAVAL! So that was exciting! Not really it just meant we had to be in the house early. Spending all day in your house as a missionary isnt that fun. There's not a whole lot to do. We watched the Restoration in like 4 languages. I'm totally learing Portugese when I get back...its SO easy to understand!

I loved the pictures from this week! Alyssa is SO pretty. Uncle Jared looks like a lumberjack...or a Patriots lineman. I laughed until a cried looking at Daddy's photoshopped picture! You all look really cold.  Oh, last Monday we went to a fancy restaurant here. I ate lizard that was fun! Its not quite Nana's Thanksgiving Turkey but it was pretty good.

This week I was studying the blessings of the Atonement and started meditating about forgiveness. I have always thought about repentance and forgiveness as the way to clean ourselves from sin. But I started thinking about my dad and what it was like when I had to say "sorry" for something I had done to offend him. I did it not because I didn't want him to be mad at me but because I felt bad for making my dad sad. I realized we do the same thing to Heavenly Father when we sin. He is sad because we have disobeyed and offended him. When we repent we show our love for him and he forgives us with love and patience. I am so grateful for the Savior and his sacrifice so that I cant feel the love of my Father. 
Well, Im off to buy a Chirstmas tree, because I WONT be using water bottles again this year haha!

I'm doing great! I love this work!
Love you tons! 
Hermana Victoria Giossi

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