Familia de Pie!!!!
I'll start off with the subject line, just to mix things up a bit! This week I went to Indiana for the first time! We had a mission Christmas devotional in Muncie Indiana at 9 in the morning, and it was about an hour and a half long drive from Dayton out there. Road trip! And guess who got to drive? I did! It was actually a pretty boring drive. The GPS took us on a backroad through the fields, so we pretty much didn't see any modern civilization for an hour or so. I say modern civilization because as we were driving, we passed a horse-drawn buggy, with lanterns for headlights! Amish country all the way! But yeah, the Christmas devotional was really fun, and we learned a lot as well. In total, I ended up driving 200 miles that day! I was pretty worn out by the end...
One of the Elders that we took to Indiana is waiting for his visa to the Netherlands; he's going to the same mission that is in The Best Two Years. So he taught me some Dutch. I can now kind of say "We are missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" in Dutch!
As we were walking down the streets of this little neighborhood this week, a car pulled up alongside us. The guy inside asked if we were Mormons, and we said we were. He said "I thought so, I'd just never seen a Mexican Mormon before, so I thought I'd stop and see..." He was talking about Elder Elbaba, but I keep trying to convince Elder Elbaba that he was talking about me since I'm so Hispanic...
In response to your questions about D-----, he isn't quite there yet. He had the baptismal interview, and there are still a few things that need to happen before he can be baptized. But his desire to know the truth is definitely there, and I have no doubt that it'll happen in the future!
I tried menudo for the first time this week. Menudo is cow's stomach, and it was the first time I have eaten anything really weird while out on my mission. It wasn't all that great. The texture was really weird, and I don't think I'll be having it again anytime soon (voluntarily).
That's about it. We're excited for Christmas here in Dayton. We have a half P-day today and the other half on Christmas, so that should be fun. The branch Christmas party is tonight, and we're really looking forward to that. And the members here are super awesome; I think almost every member of the branch has invited us over for Christmas.
I'm excited to talk to you guys on Wednesday. I'll call mom's cell, and it'll probably be between 8 and 12 your time when I call. Talk to you soon!