Speaking of Christmas things, I do have a little wish list. There is a member of our ward who lives next door, and he makes missionary bags, that work like fanny packs. This sounds ridiculous, but everyone has them, they actually look good, and they save your back, because the weight is on your hips. I would really like that perk. They are approxamately $40, so people could contribute money to it, and you guys can put that in my account.
As far as packages go, Meret sent me some small pouch mail through USPS to the office address, I think and that worked. Using the FL address should be OK, but what I know about receiving packages is kind of confused and complicated. Sometimes they try to call the sender so they can declare what is in the package before sending it to the DR. Big packages can cost about $40 of my bi-monthly apoyo (happened to Hna. Cornelison), so I would say small things are best.
What I would actually really like are pictures of our family (printed ones). And also these specific family history pictures for lessons: mom´s great, great grandma Miranda and her family, the picture of great grandma Alexander and the family when Papa was little. I want to teach writing your own history like Great Grandma Alexander, and doing temple work for your ancestors, and the people respond well to visuals and personal expèriences.
Glad Thanksgiving was mostly nice! We made ourselves a nice meal, and drew hand turkeys in our gratitud journals to celebrate. They also have Black Friday here in the DR. We heard one of the ridiculously loud street ads for it in Santiago or somewhere, and this made us sad. Black Friday is the exact opposite of Thanksgiving! And the DR does not need any of it!
Well, I´m running out of time, but I will say that after another investigator dry spell, we recieved lots of references from the ward, and some of them are really amazing! The Spirit was present during our first lessons, and they have real desire to find truth. I am looking forward to continuing to work here in Navarrete with MY NEW COMPANION..... HNA. MARRERO! She is from my MTC group actually, and I was thinking recently, it would be cool if she were my new Latina comp (because you almost always get a Latina comp if your trainer wasn´t one). She is Dominican by birth but she has lived all of her life in Aruba, and she speaks very good English. I am determined not to use that as a crutch though, and all day I have been trying hard to stick with Spanish!
I´m going to miss Hna. C. because she is just an amazing friend, but that is the cool thing about the mission-- I am creating so many new friendships, and I love so many people, and I get to continue meeting new people and loving them for the next 14ish months!
Have a lovely week, I will try to have a good story next time!