The Christmas Belens (or Creches) are so beautiful in Bilbao. We enjoyed an evening walking around and visiting them in the different places around Bilbao. Pres. DeMolino and his lovely wife took us around for the evening. This was a choice experience to walk the streets of Bilbao with all the hustle of Christmas in the air.
We also had a small open house in the Mission Office for the Las Arenas Branch. We had a few visitors such as Pilar and Carmen who are lovely Hermanas in the Gospel.
Christmas Eve we had the office Elders and the Belnaps for a late Christmas Eve Dinner. We have a Christmas tradition in our home in Utah to start a new puzzle for Christmas. The Elders are getting it started.
Hermana and Elder Belnap are there to help get all the things ready and to enjoy Christmas together. What a wonderful couple and we all love them dearly.
After dinner we all got ready for bed. Elder Dredge and the Presidente both enjoy getting comfortable in their pyjamas.
Our Ayudantes are filled with the Christmas spirit. We enjoyed a special Christmas Eve reading from the scriptures and a wonderful surprise number from the office staff. I will try to download it separately as it is a video. It is a classic that we will treasure forever.
We joined together for a Christmas Eve photo, all of us missing our families a bit, yet enjoying the wonderful true meaning of Christmas and the privilege of bearing the Savior's name daily.
The next morning we had a wonderful Christmas Breakfast with the Bilbao District. We love all our Elders and Hermanas and hoped they were all enjoying a wonderful morning. We know all were looking forward to their call from home. That was to happen later in the day for most of them.
Looks like Elder Woods was excited about Christmas or is it the Breakfast Burritos, not sure.
Elder Cepeda and Elder Dredge are happy about breakfast. It was a wonderful day filled with joy and excitement.
We just want to wish everyone a Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noelle, or Merry Christmas and a very happy new year. We are so happy to be able to serve here in The Spain Bilbao Mission. It is an honor and a privilege to work with the wonderful Hermanas and Elders and members of the church in Northern Spain. What a joy to be a part of the work "to bring the world it's truth."