Transfer calls come this week so there is the slight possibility that I get sent away from Urbana, so as a precaution don't send me anything.
Merry Christmas everyone!!!! I can't believe it's already the week of Christmas. I also can't believe this is my second and last Christmas on my mission. Time is really starting to pick up speed over here. This whole transfer seems to me but a week long. I have a pretty strong assurance that Elder Lazaro will be leaving and I will stay here at least one more transfer. Elder Lazaro is ready to leave. He's been here his whole mission and he really wants to go to the Spanish area already. I will be sad to be separated from him. Every day has been so enjoyable and full of lots and lots of laughter.
I was on exchanges with one of my zone leaders this week and we talked about the possibility of me being released from district leader which to be completely honest would be really nice. I don't know if I stand in need of repentance for that or not. I'm beyond grateful for the time I've had to serve in this position, for I have learned so much and the growth I've experienced because of it is irreplaceable, but I've been in this position for about ten months now which wouldn't be too bad, but I've had some very challenging districts in the past. It will be nice to worry only about my area and my companion again. Here's to hoping.
Last Monday I sprained my ankle pretty bad playing some basketball. It swelled up a large amount almost instantly. The mission nurse said I had to stay in for two days keeping it iced, compressed and elevated. But instead I found some crutches and walked around with those. Now I'm kind of thinking I should have listened to the nurse because even though I can walk on it right now, it's still swollen and hurts. With the break we have on Christmas and half of Christmas Eve I will need to make sure I ice it and stay off of it.
We have some very surprising rules for Christmas. We can spend the day with members playing board games, watching sports, and watching any movie rated G or PG. Last year we could only watch Disney movies so this was quite alarming to us. The other Elders in my district want to watch Nacho Libre... I'm thinking Star Wars. Haha!
Some members of the ward will be having us over for Christmas. I talked to them and they said it will be alright if I use their Skype account around11am or so. I hope the works out and I can see all of you.
We are anxiously awaiting next weekend for the baptism of Virginia and Deosha! Ever since their commitment to be baptized they've undergone some seriously hard trials. The opposition just keeps building up on them. This is the scary part of helping someone prepare for baptism, but I know they can get through anything that comes their way. The best part is that they do too. Virginia has shown such incredible faith. I am so impressed with her. She is one valiant soul and she loves her Savior so much. The quality of her faith is so unshakably pure, I know she could move mountains with it if she had to. I am so excited for the two of them. We will hopefully be getting Tommie and Regina back on track for the same step their family members are about to take.
I think this is all for this week. I hope you all have a very merry Christmas! Please remember why we are celebrating!!! We've been given more than we can comprehend. I love the gospel and I love the Savior! This is the best time of the year; we celebrate the birth of the Greatest Thing that ever happened in the history of our existence. Remember, He is the Gift!