La Primera Navidad… en Argentina

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Hola Familia!!!

Feliz Navidad!!! (We’ve definitely been singing that song ALL WEEK and now I actually understand what he says! haha)
The other day, it rained BUCKETS the ENTIRE night. The power went out, and it felt like there was a strobe light going because of the constant lightening flashes. It was CRAZY. It rained so much that there was literally a LAKE right outside our house, there was so much water. We went and visited a family that literally lives like right across the street, and just to get home required us walking around the entire block. I’ll try to send some of this rain towards California haha.
I can’t believe Christmas just happened. It felt more like the Fourth of July than Christmas. On Christmas eve, we got to stay out until 11 (oh my gosh i was dyyyying, i am not used to staying out so late!) and ate asado (a common Argentine Christmas meal) and at midnight, THE WHOLE PUEBLO lit off fireworks, so we watched from our window, and even saw Santa’s sleigh in the sky!!!
The HIGHLIGHT of the week was when Luciano got BAPTIZED!!!!! Luciano is 20 years old, and the elders found him and have been teaching him for more than like 6 months. But when we came, he really started to take things more seriously, and has been progressing SO MUCH.
It was SUCH a beatufiul and spiritual baptism. The next day in sacrament meeting, after receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, he shared his testimony, and it was one of the most beatufiul testimonies I’ve ever heard. He talked about how true happiness only comes from God, and that he could feel the blessings of keeping the commandments and being in the path of the Lord. Future missionary? YES.
I just love being able to help others experience the blessings of the gospel!!! Being able to see the change of heart in Luciano over these past couple of months have just taught me so much about how true this gospel is, and how real the Atonement is. 18 months seems like a really long time sometimes, but other times, like right now, it doesnt’ feel like enough time! The church is true! Obedience brings blessings! The gospel is a gospel of happiness! Never ever ever take for granted what a blessing it is to have these teachings in your life.
Love you all soo much!
Happy New Year (I CANT BELIEVE ITS GOING TO BE A YEAR SINCE I LEFT!)
Con amor,
Hermana Strong
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