Saturday, January 4, 2014

Christmas Eve in the MTC

OK, so I lied; I'm not really through posting about last year.  But I just had to add a few memories of our one-and-only Christmas in the MTC.  We'll be gone before next Thanksgiving, and there were so many wonderful memories of the Holiday Season with the MTC missionaries.  First, we had a marvelous Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.  Our non-North Americans loved it as well; after all, how can you NOT enjoy a celebration that centers around gratitude for earthly blessings and a GREAT meal?!
Christmast Eve we invited the Temple Missionaries to join us for a "Christmas Eve Family Home Evening" including the re-enactment from Luke 2 & Matthew's account of the wise men. I was busy MC-ing and didn't get any pictures of that.
But then, Christmas morning, Santa arrived:
President Sitterud makes a great Santa, but it was almost impossible to find a big enough suit

Everyone got a special visit, which I've included for those who would like to see each missionary.  I know it's a lot of pictures of the same thing, but not for the mom or dad whose missionary is pictured below. Enjoy......
Hermana Andrus

Hermana Johns

Hermana Samuelson

Hermana Ramos

Hermana Miller

Hermana Demayola

Hermana Davis

Hermana Brumble

Hermana Plummer

Elder Anderson

Elder Ryland

Elder Dean

Elder Marshall

Elder Friese from Germany who is serving in Colorado, Spanish speaking

Santa had a stocking for our teachers as well. Olga from Latvia

Maestra Zane from Latvia

Xavier Diaz, from Portugal

Brother Marchan from Barcelona

The Giorginos, from Rome, Italy

And of course, Santa did not forget the Sullivans

Later that day, all the missionaries took blankets and food sacks and went to downtown Madrid, the area called Sol to give to the poor and homeless.  It was a very special opportunity and a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas.


  1. What a wonderful way to spend Christmas. Love you both.

  2. Looks like a pretty happy occasion. You were each other's family for this holiday.

  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you for keeping this blog and posting pictures of the missionaries! My son, Elder Anderson, is in some of the pictures you have posted and it warms a mothers heart to see them. What a treat to hear about (and see) some of what happens in the MTC that we don't always hear about from our missionaries. It is wonderful to see the great work you are doing in Spain!