That is great that you guys had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We did as well. I have never ate so much on Thanksgiving before. We went to a family's house (the Sikora's and Hanson's) in our ward for dinner at 2. We ate dinner there at 3 in the afternoon. It was a lot of fun and we really felt like family. We then went to another family's house in the 2nd ward (the Pineda's). They had us and our roommates over for dinner at 6. So all four of us ate 2 big meals pretty much right on top of each other. After dinner with the Pineda's we all sat around singing hymns and sharing our favorite scripture. It was really neat to do that. That is awesome that you guys got to meet Aly. I can't wait to see all of her pictures.
Just yesterday we had interviews with the Mission President. He told us all that in the January transfers meeting we will be getting 25 new missionaries a net increase of 18. In March we will be getting 40 new missionaries a net increase of 32. In April we will be getting 28 a net increase of 15. Plus there are still more notices coming each day of more missionaries coming! He expects that every missionary in the field right now will be training in the next cycle or two. It is so crazy I still feel brand new and now we are being expected to train! I can't wait to see what happens and all of the changes that will be taking place though!
So last week right before Thanksgiving we had a lesson with Maria Ganley. The whole time we have been meeting with her she kept having this worry about not being able to have her occasional cup of coffee or alcohol. Before the lesson started she told us that she wouldn't be able to go without having her Tequila for Thanksgiving. We taught her the Word of Wisdom and at the end of the lesson she had absolutely no desire to drink anything alcoholic over the holiday. It was amazing to see such a change in her heart in such a short amount of time. The Holy Ghost really can work wonders! She also told us that when we first started meeting with her she was seeing a therapist every day for her depression. The therapist kept telling her that praying was nonsense and that she was just talking with herself. She stopped seeing the therapist just a few days before our lesson because she knew that she really was communicating with God and because since she has been meeting with us she is always happy and never feels depressed anymore. I love seeing the changes people are willing to make in their lives. The gospel is true and really can help anybody who will let it. Have a great week guys!