So my family is in Peru right now so I have no idea when you guys will see this email.
There are like 50 million Haitian people that live in Chile (not really, but it feels like it). A lot of them don´t speak Spanish but they do speak French and Creol, and some even speak a little of English. I set myself a goal to always try and say something in English. "Hi, What´s up, have a good day." Stuff like that. Sometimes they reply in English and it is super cool to talk to them. This past week we have had the chance to get to know not one but two of them that speaks English! They are named Berubus and Wally! It is super cool to be able to teach them in English even if they might not understand everything I say. All the Haitian people are super cool because they have really strong faith and they always looking out for other people.
Christmas in the mission was so so so much fun. I thought it was going to be super sad and homesick, but it really wasn´t. The mission did a good job of making it really enjoyable.
The first thing we did was have our mission conferencia. Every single missionary in the mission got together (like 200 or so) and we did a bunch of cool things. We had a talent show where people danced and sang songs and did a whole bunch of crazy stuff like jump rope and juggle. It got so hype. Whenever the people danced, all the missionaries would go crazy and stand up and everything. It was ridiculous. After that we had a gift exchange and I gave someone a really nice Matero (look them up they are cool) and in return I received a mechanical pencil. After we had a really cool devotional and read the Christmas story from the scriptures along with a few special musical numbers. My zone got to sing in front of everyone which was a really cool even though we aren´t the best singers. To put the cherry on the cake, after we had dinner and we had asado (BBQ) so I got a ginormous plate of meat.
Christmas Eve and Christmas were my favorite days though. It was really hard to get appointments with anyone, so we just caroled the whole day to all of the people that we teach and also random people in the street. I ended the day not being able to talk at all, but we made a bunch of grandmas cry and a whole bunch of people smile so it was all worth it. In the night we got invited to a special dinner with some members and we ate even more meat. In Chile all the people open their presents on Christmas Eve, so when we got back to the house we opened all of our gifts. My favorite part of the holiday was calling home. You have no idea how special it was to see my family and talk to them in real time. I love them so so much. Families are my favorite thing in the whole world.
I love all you guys so much and hope you have a great new year!