Christmas on a mission is a little different. It hasn't really hit me that Santa's coming in 3 more days. That might have something to do with the lack of snow in Southern California though!
Elder Heaton had really really good Chinese. Teaching without him was a larger challenge for me this past week. It's funny, I've adopted a lot of his teaching styles though, and my Chinese is improving a lot.
Two of our best investigators returned to China this past week, J. and E. I told them to stay strong, keep reading the Book of Mormon and praying. E. said she'll be baptized in two years after my mission and J. will too, I'm pretty sure. He said we planted a really good seed!
On Sunday, there was a special program at church for Christmas. One of our investigators started filming the program which apparently you're not allowed to do at church. It's just interesting to see their reactions to many of the normal stuff we do at church, like singing. It's fun how they join in and sing hymns with us!
Asides from that, [it has been a] pretty regular week. My new companion is Elder Schoonmaker from Portland, Oregon. He's been out for 18 months, so I'm still really “young” compared to him!
Merry Christmas to everyone! Just remember the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
New companion (who has already adopted the Asian way of posing for photos)
Transferring to University of California Riverside?
What a coincidence!
With investigator friends before they left to return to China