Monday, December 16, 2013

Bolivia, Charcas—Week 12

Dear Family and Friends,

I hope you all had a grand week, and that you are always counting the blessings you’ve been given.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like . . . Bolivia . . . just Bolivia
The title of my email is so very true. We've seen maybe three Christmas trees, and they are just not the same. We do have two houses in our area with actual Christmas lights on their houses, but there is a big wall in front, so you can’t actually see them. I hope you all appreciate the beauty of the lights and snow this Christmas. That’s all I want to see again.

Gratitude for Missionaries
Kyle is home already?? Wow! How time flies. It is so true what Kyle said. (Kyle Magleby just returned from his mission to Russia and mentioned in his talk how grateful the people in Russia are for those who have prepared young men and women to serve missions around the world). I love eating lunch with President Quezada and his family because they are always so thankful to have us over. I told them the other day that we are related to Heber C. Kimball and President Quezada started crying a lot. He then explained to his kids that I am proof that this church is true and that the pioneers really suffered everything for us. I love being with them because they really appreciate and care about the history of the church. It’s made me want to learn more about my ancestors. I never really thought in depth about it before, but it is true, we are living witnesses of everything that has happened.

Thank You, Thank You!
I received letters from so many of you this week (I only get letters once in a while, so they have been waiting at the Mission Home): Tyler, McQuivey, Marianne, Chudleigh, Christiansen, Elaine, Harris, Tebbs, Shelton, Windley, Sorensen, and Kimberly & Brent
Thank you all for your love and support!

The Best Gift
Go to the Temple this week before Christmas and make someone's day up there in heaven. It is the best Christmas present to give.

Just a little reminder to love the things you have been given and not to take anything or anyone for granted. I took so very many things for granted before my time here, and I am just now realizing how much I miss them and how much I wish I would’ve cherished them.

I love you all so so so so so so so so much. Thanks for your letters, your prayers, and your thoughts on my behalf. I really appreciate it all so much! Praying for you all!

Love you all muchly,

Chau Chau

Hermana Nelson

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