Elder Bowden was so excited and nervous about calling home he could hardly eat. This was his first call home since he just arrived on his mission about 4 months ago. He said that he was as nervous as before a football game or wrestling match in high school. However, he was fine after the call.
We received a brief FaceTime call from our grandson, Grady, who modeled his new BYU football helmet for us. We miss being with family for Christmas so the missionaries become our family! And, we are so grateful for Skype and FaceTime options! (Renee)
The Elders told us that Brother Igarta, University Park Ward mission leader, took them shopping yesterday and purchased $400 worth of food for them as a Christmas gift! I love it when people help our missionaries! (Renee's comments)
The Elders invited us to go with them to a teaching appointment following their calls. They had an appointment with a single woman. They are not allowed to teach a single woman without another man being present. This woman lives in sort of a care center. One of the employees is a member, and he had spoken with her about the Church. The lesson was about the Book of Mormon.
Following the lesson, we didn't have anything scheduled. So I suggested we go to the beach. I was curious about how many people would go to the beach for Christmas. We went to Lido Beach, which we like and is more of a locals beach. We learned there are a lot of people who go to the beach on Christmas Day.
On the way back from the beach, we stopped at a neighborhood restaurant, the Lazy Lobster, where we had eaten Thanksgiving Dinner. We didn't have a reservation, but they said we could sit in their outside dining area. We discovered why that area was available -- mosquitoes. They put an electronic insect zapper on our table, but we still were swatting while we ate.
|The Christmas wreath inside our front door with pictures of our grandkids on ornaments sent to us|
|Our Christmas card display|
|Our festive Christmas tablecloth from Maile and David|
|Our Christmas tree, presents, and "decorated" apartment|
|Elder Bowden calling home|
|Elder Casperson calling home|
|Elder Gardner calling home|
|Elders Casperson, Bowden, and Gardner, aka the Three Nephites|
|The missionaries took off their shoes when they came to our apartment.|
|The Nativity figurine given to us by Elder Casperson, our only nativity|
|Busy Lido Beach|
|A beach Christmas greeting|