For New Years, we had a sleepover with the other Hermanas. We had to be in bed at 11:00 pm like our usual schedule, but we set an alarm for 11:58 pm and then counted (is that how you spell that?) down the last 12 seconds like they do here. You count down the last 12 seconds, one for each month of the new year, and every second, you eat a grape. If you do it all, the next year is supposed to be a good year, if not, a year of bad luck... we´ll see! It was fun though, amd then we went back to bed. Everyone does firecrackers for new years here, so all day there were just like mini explosions everywhere. It scared me every time.
I miss American milk... you have no idea. The milk isnt bad here, it´s just different. You can leave the milk out, or you can refrigerate it, and it´s exactly the same. Most people here cant afford being able to refrigerate milk, so you dont have to. Its not creamy like american milk either, it´s just kind of watery! Anyway, I tried to make potato soup yesterday with it, and it didnt work like I´d hoped. Not bad, but not good like normal... and you all know how much I love potato soup!
We have been working with some investigators and we´ve been trying so hard to get any of them to church... and no one comes! It is so frustrating! But, we think the Lord recognized our efforts and gave us a freebie yesterday. We were at church, hoping someone would come, and we got a call from a lady that my companion and the hermana before me had met about 9 weeks ago and never heard from since. She called us and told us she was in San Sebastian for church and wanted to know how to get there! We´ve never talked to her! It was amazing. Her Spanish isnt the greatest, but then again, neither is mine! She´s super sweet and we´re meeting her this week!
Medio Dia is our "free time" we eat, nap, study scriptures, do language study, or go shopping. We cant go contacting or meet with people because it´s everyone´s nap/lunch time and also, most stores are closed. But, we keep ourselves busy, and it´s nice to have a little time to brush up on Spanish and prepare for lessons that day.
I had the pensamiento espiritual for reunion distrito this week. Presidente and Hermana Jackson decided to come, so it was a little intimidating, but I think it went really well. I talked about Helaman 5:12 and hope and faith being an anchor for us in the gospel (there is a scripture, i think it was Hebrews 8:16 about hope being an anchor for the soul) also I used a quote from a talk from president Uchtdorf about the purpose of anchors and Christ being our anchor... I´ll just send you all a copy next week becasue I´m not really explaining it well in english... oh yeah, it´ll be in spanish, so Eric, help mom out!
That´s about all I have time for today, unfortunately. We are about to go to El Escorial for pday. There is a big parade for la dia de los reyes magos.
Anyway, I love you all! I´ll write again soon! I hope you´re all doing well!