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Monday, December 28, 2015

Hello everyone!
I hope that you all had an amazing Christmas! Christmas in Uruguay is celebrated very differently than in the United States. On the 24th of December, families and friends meet up around 10 o`clock at night and have dinner. Then at midnight, they light off fireworks. The fireworks are incredible here. It is because there are no rules, or limits to the amount or type that you can buy. Everyone buys huge amounts of extremely large and dangerous fireworks, and lights them off right in front of their houses. My companion and I went to the lookout of our building, and we could see tons of fireworks going off. It was an amazing sight! Then, after fireworks, the kids open their presents, and then go to bed around 2 or 3 A.M. on the 25th. The adults normally are out at parties, and the crazy ones don´t sleep on Christmas. Sooo, yeah its pretty different than in the United States.
As for the missionary work, this week we made a bunch of progress with our area. The members are really starting to like us, and they are starting to trust us with their references. This week we taught a 26 year old named Fabio. He is super down to earth, and he was super curious. We met him in the street a little while back, and we finally got around to stopping by his house. It was our first lesson with him, so we taught the restoration, and I was able to explain the first vision. The spirit was really strong. As we were finishing up the lesson me and my companion asked ¨Will you follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized by someone with the correct Priesthood authority?¨....He accepted!!! We haven´t set a date yet, but we were super excited. Other than that, we don´t have a ton of lessons right now. We will have a lot in the near future, but unfortunately, everyone scheduled their lessons for ¨After the holidays”. So this week we are doing a lot of street contacting, but in the beginning of January we should have a lot of work. 
Anyways, I hope all of you have a great week!
Happy New Year!!! Remember to set some goals for yourself. A successful person can tell you where they are going, how they are going to get there, and who they are going to bring with them. 
I love you all!!
-Elder Vanderlinden

Quote of the week

¨Fortune sides with him who dares¨

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