John & I actually enjoyed our Christmas alone this year more than we thought we would. We opened our presents and then got everyone on Skype and FaceTime to talk to Elder Tebbs. Garrett & Julia were in Cancun, Hailey & Riley were in Lewiston, ID and Hillary & Patrick were driving from Solvang back to Irvine. And Elder Tebbs was in Campinas Brazil!!
Elder Tebbs said he will forever be grateful for air conditioning, carpet and his large bedroom. He said the Brazilian people are so happy no matter their circumstance and urged us to help the missionaries however we can as he has felt so blessed to be loved by the members in Brazil.
He got teary when he spoke about those who reject the gospel and don't understand the importance of baptism and bore his testimony in Portuguese.
Elder Tebbs looked and sounded amazing! We talked to him for quite awhile since he was at a member's house and didn't have a time limit. We actually had to sign off after an hour and a half so we could make our dinner reservations at Benihana downtown with the other empty nester family members. After our nice meal, John & I drove to St. George so he could work down there for a couple of days and I could enjoy the 60-degree temps! Merry Christmas to us!!