Next we went to the apartment of 4 or our Yakima Elders serving in the Selah Zone. (They don’t have a car, so this made things easier for them.)Love the Christmas tree!A creative bed room. The missionaries often put all the beds in one place, so they can use the rooms for their study.Study areas–Elder Chidester:Elder Rocha:Elder MacLellanElder Perdue:Here come the other two Elders, after checking their mail:
Elder Chidester and Elder Rocha, serving in the Yakima 3rd WardElder Chidester: We always had lots of wrestling tournaments in December. We delivered cookies to ward people during the month and watch “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “A Christmas Story”. On Christmas Eve we’d all sleep in one room. In the morning we’d wake up to the smell of Christmas butterscotch pull-aparts in the oven. Our parents always take videos of us opening presents. Then we go to my uncle’s for a party. This year I am sharing the gospel with all I see.
Elder Rocha: On Christmas Eve we all sleep out in the living room next to the Christmas tree. We bring out air mattresses and watch “The Grinch” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Santa always brings our gifts a few days early. In the morning our parents come out with a list with numbers and names. We have to learn which number is ours to get our stack. For breakfast we have bacon and eggs and hashbrowns instead of cereal. We also have big biscuits and gravy with sausage in it. We spend the day playing video games and hanging out together. This year I will be more open to other peoples’ opinions.
Elder MacLellan and Elder Perdue, serving in the Yakima 2nd WardElder MacLellan: On Christmas Eve the relatives come and we have a big prime rib dinner. Dad makes a drink with Sprite and sherbet. Then we have a white elephant gift exchange. After they leave, we open new PJs and exchange family gifts. We all sleep in my sister’s room. I guard the door. When they’re all asleep, I sneak out to peak. In the morning we read the Christmas Story from the Bible. There is always one special ornament. Whoever finds it first gets to be Santa and hand out the gifts. For breakfast my dad makes crepes with Pres. Monson’s family recipe. We eat them with strawberries and whipped cream. Here’s the recipe from my mom:
Elder Perdue: On Christmas Eve my family plays basketball together, including with my brother’s-in-law. In the morning we eat French Toast and take a lot of photos when we open presents with my nieces and nephews, who come over to our house. Then we go to my aunt’s house for dinner with the extended family. This year I’ll remember Jesus by reading more about His birth and finding new scriptures about Him.
Dropping by to get a key:Back to the Selah Stake Center: