Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! It didn't really feel like Christmas here in Riverside, especially because of the 85 degree weather! But it was great because I got to Skype family! To prep for Skyping, Elder Schoonmaker cut my hair. It felt really weird getting my hair cut in a kitchen! I don't think I've had that done since I was a kid and had an aversion to barbershops!
Skyping with the family on Christmas Day
It was a pretty slow week because of the holidays. Most of our investigators and members were out of town. A lot of them were in Vegas! Great place to spend Christmas thinking about Jesus! One of the funny parts was, the week before, at English class, we taught them how to play blackjack. [One investigator] lost so many pennies that it scared him into not gambling. His friend lost $300 though!
A lot of the people that come to English class have only been in America for a couple of weeks or so. Some of them ask for names. We write a number of them on the board and they decide. One of them decided to choose “Nephi”! I was laughing so hard, but that's his name now – Dr. Nephi! (Nephi is the name of a Book of Mormon prophet).
Christmas morning breakfast
So cold we had to break out the coats
Even more Zen