Monday, December 29, 2014

First Christmas In The Field

Happy late Christmas everybody and early New Year!!!

This has been a good week.

Monday we had a lesson with a guy named Gabriel who we kind of reviewed the Restoration with him and it went well and we're hoping to see him again and invite him to baptism. Then Tuesday we met some Brazilian girls named Helen and Tammy. Tammy had run into missionaries in Brazil so they said we could meet up and talk with them.

We also got two new investigators that day and had a lesson with them in a McDonald's. They were Muhammad and Soka and are Muslims from Pakistan. They were really nice guys and willing to listen (although I don't think they'll get baptized, because they kind of can't if they go back to Pakistan.):( But we'll see!

Christmas Eve we were at the Weber's and had a great time and a great meal, and then Christmas day we delivered bread around to some people that one of the elders in our flat made (Czech Christmas bread, which I won't try to spell). Then we went to the Christy's who is a RC (recent convert) and we had dinner and Skyped home from there.

For those of you that don't know Christmas dinner over here is basically a Thanksgiving meal back in America so lots of food!

Then for the rest of the week we just did some finding and had our lesson with the Brazilian girls which went well and we also met a man named Thomas Tabby who said we could come back tomorrow and teach him.

So we have a couple of investigators. One of our investigators, Bowen is scheduled for 10 January.

Next week we might go see the Cliffs of Moher with the Weber's since we'll have normal PDays again, so that will be good.

Enough of me, you's all take care and not party too hard wherever you are!

Love you all and God Bless in the New Year!

Elder Tarbet (Wolverine)

Czech Christmas Bread
Photo and information downloaded from the Internet

Vánočka is a braided bread, baked in Czech Republic and Slovakia (in Slovak called vianočka) traditionally at Christmas time. It is rich in eggs and butter, making it similar to brioche. Lemon rind and rum add color and flavor; the dough can also contain raisins and almonds, and is braided like challah.

St. Stephen's Day
December 26

In Irish, it’s called Lá Fhéile Stiofán or Lá an Dreoilín, meaning the Day of the Wren or Wren's Day. When used in this context, "wren" is often pronounced "ran". This name alludes to several legends, including those found in Ireland, linking episodes in the life of Jesus to the wren. People dress up in old clothes, wear straw hats and travel from door to door with fake wrens (previously real wrens were killed) and they dance, sing and play music. This tradition is less common than it was a couple of generations ago. Depending on which region of the country, they are called wren boys and mummers. A Mummer's Festival is held at this time every year in the village of New Inn, County Galway and Dingle in County Kerry.

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