Thanksgiving on a mission is pretty trunky. It's just P-Day without emailing. I really missed being in New York. We ate a ton of food at a Samoan family's party, naturally...
This past week was incredibly slow as a missionary. We underestimated how affected we would be, because we're the Chinese Elders. There must have been a huge Thanksgiving party in San Diego with a bunch of Chinese people, because that's where all our investigators went! The UCR campus was pretty empty too.
The great thing about being with a lot of Chinese people is eating their food! We went to two Chinese dinners this past week. Great time! We obviously brought Martinelli's sparkling cider, because that's Mormon champagne!
I gave a small talk in church and it was funny because I gave half in English and the second half in Chinese. So for about 5 minutes, no one could understand me except maybe 6 or 7 people in the room! I told them in Chinese how I could be saying anything and no one would understand but them (in Chinese of course).
We were contacting someone about Jesus Christ, and asked him if he believed in God. He said no and we asked why. His reply was, "because I'm a physicist." I thought there were a lot of Mormon physicists!
Riverside this time of year is famous for the Christmas lights at Mission Inn. We went there in a group of missionaries to contact people about the church's new Christmas Initiative called "He is the Gift." It is a three minute video about the real meaning of Jesus Christ. EVERYONE needs to watch it: christmas.mormon.org. The church is really serious about it. They're buying all of YouTube's advertising on December 7th, and are advertising heavily around the world, including in Time's Square. So check it out and keep the Christ in Christmas!
One of our Thanksgiving dinners
Festival of Lights with Elder Heaton