Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Only Comes Once A Year-So We Got A Few Friends Together For A Party

You can't throw a party without friends, and we have 180 of them. There were plenty of smiles and hugs, and a relief to be out of the Argentine heat (95 degrees). We divided the mission in two, half on Monday, the other half on Tuestday.
Or maybe they came for the food. Elders are known for the amount of food they can consume. They cheered when I said they could eat as many sweets as they could (brownies, fudge, english toffee, swedish tea cakes, sugar cookies, carmels, peppermint cake) Can you believe at the end of the party we had left overs! Dinner was roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy. The Latin Elders had never seen gravy before. They also didn't like the vegetables served hot (all vegetables are served cold in this country). We had fruit platters, and fruit is usually served as dessert here, so this was definitely an American dinner.
The first game was a mixer game, trying to find others with the same answer as they had recorded, to five questions. Some missionaries had up to 30 names on each of their qestions, so I think the game worked.
We only broke 4 church chairs playing the prophet musical chairs game. Bedlam happened when "apostasy" was yelled, and everyone had to move chairs. But it got even more intense when I started taking out random chairs. Those that ended up still on chairs, got a prize.

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