So, I just want to start off talking a little bit about our area before I start to talk about my awesome birthday yesterday. :) So, we now have baptismal dates! We´ve found people because the members are working hard. :) I love teaching the message of the Restoration to the members. There´s a very special spirit as we do it and we gain a lot of confidence that way. So, we´re going to have a bunch of baptisms in February :) and the Lord has blessed us.
Ok, so, about my birthday. My second birthday in my mission was only like 100000x better than the first one. First of all, my companion remembered this year and told me happy birthday haha. In church, the entire elders quorum sang me the latino Happy Birthday (las mañanitas). And in the afternoon, an awesome family from the ward invited us to come over to eat cake (their daughter has the same birthday as me--first person that I´ve met in my life). They made me my own mini-cheesecake!!! Like legitimate cheesecake with "Felicidades Elder Nickerl" and everything. I attached a picture. So that was so awesome. I´m very grateful for the love that they showed to me here in our ward. They did all this without me telling anybody other than my comp that it was going to be my birthday (he´s awesome too and I´m pretty sure he told everybody--but without me knowing). We got home at night and gave our weekly report over the phone and planned and all the normal things. And then, to my surprise, after we finished, Elder Finn and his companion Elder Escobedo came in with another cake! So that was awesome as well. We had a great time eating it :) Anyway, I had an awesome birthday and I´m very grateful for all the love that was shown to me yestderday.
Just know that I¨m very happy here and I´m working my heart out for this last little bit in my mission... the time is going very quickly and it´s pretty scary--so the only thing that I can do is work harder. :)
Thanks for all of your prayers and love in my direction :) and don´t worry at all that the package you sent wasn´t here for my birthday. I really wasn´t expecting you to send one in the first place anyway. You´re the best :) te amo muchísimo! Que tengas una semana súper excelente :)
Con mucho amor,
Elder Nickerl (el mexicano)
This is my cake from the familia Mendoza! Pretty awesome, huh?
Really pretty bad quality, but it´s the best we could do. This is the cake from Elder Finn and Elder Escobedo.