In Mexico, they celebrate Christmas and then on the Jan. 6th they celebrate "El Día de los Reyes Magos" (the wisemen). So the tradition goes that there are three wisemen, one from Africa who comes on an elephant, one from Arabic who comes on a camel, and one from Europe that comes on a horse, but they are all spirits. They bring the good children toys, three, one from each wiseman. But the kids have to clean their shoes (to show they are good) and put them under the christmas tree. They keep the tree on as a light to guide the wisemen to their house. They hid the toys throughout the house. They say that the constellation "Orion's belt" looks like the 3 wisemen coming closer to their house. Through the month of December, the 3 stars look like they are getting closer. But they only bring toys for the kids as representing the gift to baby Jesus. I think it is a pretty cool tradition and helps them remember Christ and focus on His birth more. They also have a big bread that they always buy on this day, rasca. It is filled with little babies! haha maybe 6 depending on the size. They have everyone cut their own piece and if you get the baby, you have to make everyone tamales for the! And guess who gotthe baby... me and my companion!
But as for good news, I officially am eye infection free!! :) Oh and my eyelashes grew a lot. Yay for no makeup! But my companion on the other hand is loosing crazy amounts of hair and we went to 3 doctors for her this week. One doctor came up to her, SMELT her head and said "yes, yes, I know what it is! Grease. so you must be stressed! How is your love life?" He then went on forever about her boyfriend, that she doesnt have! We didnt take his advice... But they still aren't sure what is happening.
We have this one investigator, Yeni. She is our favorite though! She just has so many questions and is reading the Book of Mormon. She just love learning and wants to know everything. But she hadnt gone to church with us before, so we told her we were coming to her house and she was going with us if she liked it or not! She agreed:) We called her atto make sure she was getting ready and told her we would come by in 30 minutes to go with her. We ended up being 30 minutes late and had to take a taxi. When we got to her house, her 7 year old son said my mom already left for church. We realized that we forgot our phone and she didnt know how to get there! So we just went on. As we were driving, I thought I saw Yeni, and the Taxi guy was like no, its not her, oh no it is!! (I thought he was joking, but he really did know her) So I rolled down the window and yelled YENI! she ran across the street and got in with us. We then went to the bus stop and off to church! It was a miracle we found her in the street. But I am really glad she was able to come with us. She seemed to enjoy it!
We had this young girl have to get rebaptized because they lost her records. A lot of the members were talking about how they would love to have another baptism and be clean again. I then looked at them and said you get a mini baptism every week!! I think sometimes we forget how important the Sacrament really is. If we prepare to take the sacrament every week, we can fully feel the atonement working in ours lives. It is a gift from God to be cleaned every week and remember that we can improve ourselves and become better with the help of Christ. I love Johnwhere it says "Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day." We will have eternal life, through participating in the scrament and renewing our covenants with God each and every week. We need to CTR! C: keep the Commandments T: Testify of Christ R: Remember Him always. When we apply the sacrament into our lives, we are changed:)
I love you all very much and hope that you have a very wonderful week!
pic... Rasca bread, lucky baby prize, and children of investigatores with their new skates from the wisemen!