Week 64 – Peor es Nada, Chile

This was an awesome week!
To start off, we had the branch Christmas party on Saturday, and it was soooo awesome. We arrived early at the church to set up everything, and to be honest, we were freaking out. Everything we did to prepare was only like half set up, all at the last second, so Elder Smith and I were pretty nervous. But then people started showing up, and the members all brought like family members inactive and nonmember friends, so in total we had over 30 people at the activity!!! It was seriously a miracle!!!
We watched the nativity video that the church made, then we ate food and played Christmas games. Then the primary did like a nativity play, which was super cute, then viejito pascuero (Santa Claus in Chileno) came and gave candy to the kids and Books of Mormon to the nonmembers. Overall, it was just a huge success.
Also, we have like a tiny little neighborhood (the only one in the sector haha) and then yesterday night, on Christmas day, we went to the Christmas tree that we had built, and played secret santa with all the neighbors. It was super fun, every one was all singing Christmas carols and eating Christmas cookies and whatnot. It was very Christmassy.
Christmas day was also pretty fun. We went to Chimbarongo and then played some football (like american football this time, lol) and then we ate Brazilian beans and rice for like the xmas lunch, and then we watched my favorite Christmas movie ever, It’s a Wonderful Life! It was suuuuper awesome. I totally cried at the end. And then we did our Christmas calls to our families there, because no one actually has internet that works in Peor es Nada, so we did them at the church.  It was so awesome.
Overall, just a great week. I hope you all had a merry Christmas.  It was pretty awesome here in Chile.
I love you all!
Elder Halverson

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