This will be Travis' first Christmas away from home. He is over 5700 miles away serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile. . .where it is summer.
The holiday season began for Travis with a baptism.
and a companionship change to a trio.
There's been Christmas kittens and lots of good food.
There's been gatherings and singing and mission partying.
Travis and one of his companions bought a small Christmas tree at the street market in Boca Sur complete with decorations and lights for their apartment.
For a short time they had a full apartment again when Elder I. joined them, but transfers followed a week later.
Now Travis has a brand new companion whom he will serve with for at least six weeks if not longer--Elder C. from Brazil.
On Monday Travis sent us this picture of another sunny and bright baptism day.
Boy, do we miss having our missionary around during the holidays, but he is happy and doing so well. I'm looking forward to my most favorite present of all--a 40-minute Skype call from him at noon on Christmas day!
Enjoy this short video from my family to yours: