Monday, May 7, 2012

May 7, 2012

Mexico!! It really is a completely different world here. My companion has been out the same time as me, buy he is from here, so he's had three months in the field in mexico. He doesn't speak english, so I've been learning a lot, no one except for other missionaries in other areas speak english. It's really cool, the people are really nice, the food is really good, and it's not to hot. My area has six little pueblos, we're actually outside the federal district in the state of mexico. Our zone is called los volcanes (or the volcanoes) becuase we are literally right next to the volcano (el popo). My first day it rained ash on us all day long and the members gave us masks to wear. We got back and all of our clothes were gray from the ash. Luckily it hasn't happend like that since, the wind has taken the ash to the other side, but it was a cool way to start out. Some people have left to the city (mexico city or other pueblos farther away), but most don't think anything will happen because this happens a lot. Everyone is catholic here. Everyone. And since no one speaks spanish, I'm really grateful I got to go to texas first so I could understand before I got here. Understanding isn't a problem, which is such a blessing, speaking is still a bit, I feel like I have the vocab of a one year old. We had a cool experience with a girl who just got baptized and is going to get confirmed this sunday. She couldn't last sunday becuase here parents took her to a priest to ask for advice. He told them she was at least going to church, which they weren't, and said mormons are good people. She said she knows with out a doubt the church is true, we had an awesome lesson with her. We gave a blessing to a guy to help him stop drinking and he hasn't since, which was cool, and of healing to a baby with a rash that he had for two months, and it has almost completely disappeared. Our area is supposed to be really tough, but the members help a ton, so we'll get it done. The mission goal is for everyone to baptize once a week. It's hard to do, but hopefully we'll be able to get that going. It's a completely different world here, but there are so many awesome things. And as far as dogs, there are dogs everywhere, but we manage to avoid all the ones that bite, my comp is pretty used to them. He is from aquas calientes. We don't have a lot of time spent our day washing clothes on the washboard (they tell me it's way better than a washing machine, which we don't have anyway) and playing soccer. That was a lot of fun. Some people are really good here, and the white missionaries look pretty stupid, but we try. Love you all! Que les vayan bien! "La fe en Dios significa fe en su tiempo." Y ahora estoy aqui debido a todo.

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