Elder Carter's Argentinian Mission

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Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Last year was my first Christmas here in Argentina…and it was great!  I am really looking forward to Christmas this year because we will get to go caroling as missionaries (like last year) and there is plenty of holiday cheer.  We have a ward gift exchange, a zone gift exchange, and also packages from loving friends, neighbors, and family back at home.   There are plenty of decorations and we live in paradise (t-shirt weather)!   Some people say that Christmas is the most difficult time as a missionary, but it isn’t really that much of a sacrifice =D.

Anyway, I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas this year and always remember the purpose of it all.  I just want to quickly share three quotes from the Christmas devotional that Sceggy* sent me this morning:

“There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus the Christ.” –President Thomas S. Monson

Our mission president (President Dan Northcutt) told us that we need to focus our whole lives and everything that we do on the Savior.   When we do, our lives become easier, filled with meaning and purpose, and we are better able to fulfill our Father’s plan and reach our divine potential.  It all starts with the dedication to learn of Christ and follow the principles that He taught.

“This little child, born in a stable and cradled in a manger, was a gift from our loving Heavenly Father.” –President Henry B. Eyring

Our Father in Heaven loves us so much!   He has given us everything without holding back.  Our Savior saw His example and followed it perfectly even to the giving of his own life.  Now it is our turn.  We must be willing to give everything for them and in return we will receive all things.  This is the glorious and perfect plan that our Father developed for us – because he loves you and me perfectly.

“If we look for the good, we can see this time of year with new eyes, perhaps even with the eyes of a child.” –President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Many times, a change of perspective is the biggest step in a change of heart.   Just as the eternal perspective that we gain in the Holy Temples gives us the knowledge that we need to progress, the pure and humble perspective that a child can teach us will help us to become more like our Savior.  Look for the things that you need to improve to become more like Him and with time you will eventually become all that He is.

Thank you all so very much for all of your support in every moment.  I really appreciate everything that you do.  Although we both wish that I was better at returning letters, I want to you all to know that I really do love each and every one of you.  Have a very special Christmas as we commemorate the birth of the Savior of us all.

Elder Carter

*Sceggy = Scott + Meggy.  Scott and Meghann Slaugh…half of my awesome sibilings (Kristen and Daniel Pereira is the other half…AKA Kraniel)

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