So I've made a New Year's resolution to only speak
in Português for this year. I need to improve my accent and learn some
new words. I'm giving myself today as a practice, because I've slipped
up a few times already, but I'll get it soon!
I love all your Christmas pictures, and the rap video made me smile. Send me some more videos! I would love it!
It sounds like Christmas went well for everyone, which is great! Lots
of good things have started to happen here. We've been working hard, and
have been finding a ton of people that I feel were prepared of God. The
Lord has blessed us this past week with very Spiritual lessons, and it
feels amazing. I am so happy.
Christmas in Angola is nice, but I do kind of wish it was a little
more magical. Most people just get drunk on Christmas Eve, and some
parties happen. But There is one very nice thing: Christmas Day is
peacefully spent at home with the family (excepting muslims). The people
were all together. It was a refreshing change to see as we made our
visits (we got to go caroling with our lessons). The streets were very
quiet, and traffic free. Granted, there was lots of loud music in many
houses, but it was spent as a family in all of them. So the Christmas
miracles still happen here, just in a different way. I love to see
families together here.
New Years is about the same as in the states, but no one is out
except for our muslim friends again. But it was a good day. We got
permission from President Thompson to stay up until midnight, and so we
played WAR in our house (RISK knock off). Then we went to the beach as a
Luanda Zone. (We had to split up Pday, but we got in some awesome
lessons). I got a little fried, but it was a lot of fun.
I hope you all continue to be happy and do what you do. Please, if
you know ANYONE who isn't a member that could benefit from the gospel,
give it to the missionaries as a reference. Member help is so needed
here, and I'm sure it's even more needed there in the States! We had a
family night last night about missionary work, because we're trying to
''kickstart'' an area and put a branch out there. There are currently 2
families there, so we talked about missionary work and read from a talk
called ''Was it worth it?'' I thought of some friends and family that
have fallen away from the church, and I can tell you: if missionary work
was done to them and they came back, it would be worth any struggle to
me. So I think the same for others that I don't know. So help your
missionaries over there! :)
I love you all, and wish you a happy new year!
Elder Alex Hobbs