On December 19, 2011 Elder Johnson wrote:
This week we went to "la pena de Bernal" which is a big rock. It's the biggest rock on this side of the world (that's what they tell me). It was cool. If I can, I will send pictures. I have been having a rough time finding a computer that will read my card. I don't know why.
We went to the Temple in Mexico City this week with a couple of our investigators. It was cool. Their names are Jose Luis and Neri, they are pretty interested in the church now, more than before. The only thing is that Jose Luis needs to quit smoking. He doesn't want to because he is a poet, and the cigs are where he "gets his inspiration." He'll realize pretty soon that he needs to stop. He publishes a magazine of poems every month or so, and put my companion in it (who is also a poet). It was cool to see that. We were able to get Lourdes confirmed on Sunday. She is a lot happier than when we met her. It is so cool to see that the Gospel does that to people.
Last week we had our ward Christmas party, it was good and we were able to bring Vanessa. We sang and ate and watched some videos about Christ's birth. It was good. There was an area seventy who came to the party. It was a spiritual experience for everyone. When we went home, there was a party going on in front of our apartment building. That type of party (yes, there are different types) is called a posada (the others are: fiesta, baile, pachanga, etc...). There were a lot of nativities and dancing and LOUD music and A LOT of fireworks. We couldn't sleep until about one when it started cooling off. It was interesting, but cool to see.
I hope you all have a very happy Christmas and that you all remember Christ in this time. It is for His triumph that we celebrated, nothing else.