Tuesday, May 24, 2016

 Elders Gomez (hijo), Jimenez (compaƱero), Alvarez (nieto), and I last week eating on the roof
 :) My Zone with President and Sister Anaya in their last Zone Conference with us :'( 
look at this picture that Elisabeth sent me. Its James 1:5 but in a african dialect that she found in S. Carolina. Its hilarious right?
Its so crazy that its already the end of the school year! I cannot believe that Jace is going to be in high school and the triplets in YM/YW what grade are they going to be in? Its weird how they count the grades here its first through sixth in elementry school but then in middle and high school they count the semesters so they say "Im in the 3rd semester of high school." 
thats crazy about all the mission calls and graduations too. I dont know who chase is but thats cool about Justin. If you see Charlene tell her I said hola she was always a nice lady. haha. speaking of another justin. did you hear that Jessica (loveland) and Justin are going to have twins? Cool right? She wrote me last week. 
Last week we were having some problems with the investigators and so we fasted on thursday that they would progress and go to church and this weekend was really great and not only did we have more investigators at church but we found several new ones. Daniela still hasnt been baptised but hopefully soon. Then Karla and Jose next week. Then we'll see about: Fabiola: a single mom of 5 that we met that are super great. They literally live in a shack along the train tracks but they are super awesome and everytime we go she invites us to eat... so nice. She works nights as a secretary in a government office. Pedro and Gaby (and their 8 year old son Balam): they are the best investigators and complete with everything except church assistence which is difficult because they always have good excuses. Fernanda: a girl we met in the store that is really nice and has read everything we've left here. Aime: Danielas daughter that is studying to be a vet. and Karen: who owns a gift shop in the market in front of our house and is the neice of a recient convert. And we'll see about the rest.
Today was good we cleaned the house, relaxed a little bit and then went to the Buenavista Mall and ate Sushi buffet with Elder Wach (Eagle ID) and Elder Cadena (Colombia) from our district. It was good (the second time I've tried sushi) the workers hardly spoke spanish and it only cost 138 pesos which is like 8 dollars for all you can eat! 
What else did I want to say... It has been hot again. Now we're in the season when its super hot in the morning until like 5ish and then it rains. Which is just a pain because its cold for like 4 hours and then at like 9 or 10 it gets hot again...
Love you so much and thanks for everything!!! 
Elder Inskeep
Aye aye aye, Well I dont really know what to say I'm sorry. But we talked reciently. Next week I'm going ot keep a list of things to say so I can write it all quickly. Its hard because Jimenez pressures me to finish quickly (like 20minutes) and it always takes me at least 45 to write your letter. 
This week has been a little bit rough because we had a lot of meeting and then Jimenez got sick but we're working hard to have success this week. I love you lots!! 

Elder Inskeep!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Itzel's Baptism
 the Industrial Zone,at the Temple
 (Duran Family and Uriel and Denis's wedding)

Happy Mothers Day again! How was your day? This week has been good. Itzel from Mixihuca got baptised on saturday and President gave me permission to go. It was great. After 3 months of waiting for her dads permission she turned 18 and he said it was alright. The next baptism in Industrial should be Daniela. Her baptismal date is the 21st and shes excited. She already has a testimony its just hard for her to go to church on sunday. Jose is also ready but he goes to Baja California tomorrow for work and he'll be back in 3 weeks. We're hoping hes ready by then and if not we're going to fast with him and the bishops family that Jose's family will accept his decision. Its a little frustrating with him because everyone (Elder Jimenez, the rest of the zone, and sometimes the bishops wife) want to pressure him into it but I dont want to pressure him. I know he'll do it if he wants to and if not then hes not ready. Pedro and Gaby are also progressing pretty well but they need to get married first haha. Pedro is like an investigator from the mtc. "I dont know why but I feel the need to join a church and be closer to God" "its true what they say I feel great when you're here" hes so awesome and his wife Gaby is cool to. They also have a son named Balam thats 7 and a daughter named Ariana thats 2. 
Things are looking crazy at home. How do you make food? Laundry? Yes I did like the grasshoppers, I didnt enjoy them that much just for the thought of eating grasshoppers but I'd eat em again. 
Well I dont know what to say because we are going to talk tomorrow. 
Love you lots and we'll talk more tomorrow!!!!
Elder Inskeep 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

 Eating Grasshoppers
Jose is the one in the corner and obviously the missionary next to me is my companion Elder Jimenez
Wow lots of stuff going on. Well sorry about last week I didnt realize that the letter was that short. Honestly I dont know whats wrong with me but it has been a hard change for me. Its stupid but I've been sad. But I'm getting better. Who said that I havent written them? I havent really written many people the past few weeks 1. because I dont have a lot of time and 2. because its been hard for me to sit at the computer and focus...Another sad thing that happened this week that you might have already heard but my first zone leader Elder Walker from Idaho Falls who went home in August, died last week. How sad is that? He was one of the best people I know. His tractor he was driving was hit by a truck. 
Well it only rained last week and this week it has been super hot!!! I'm overheating right now its so hot. 
Its crazy that you are all ready to tear down the kitchen. Keep sending pictures!!! Did you find anything under the porch? 
Its cool you can look up my area in google. The areas that are called Guadalupe Insurgentes and Industrial are nice. Like almost a little boring because there isnt anything going on in the street and its just a bunch of houses but the area Vallejo isnt that nice and almost all of our investigaders live there. This week Jose is going on a business trip. His aunt (the bishops wife) tried to convince him to be baptised before he leaves but he didnt want to. We actually had a really cool lesson with him yesterday when the bishop, his wife and his mom (who lives next door) all testified of the truthfulness of the gospel. He told us that he wants to but hes scared because his family has already told him that they will disown him if he gets baptised. It has to be super hard but he knows its true!! The same thing happened to his aunt (the bishops wife) when she was baptised 20 years ago and went on a misson. But after all of this time the family has forgotten and they treat here normal now. 
The bishop and his family are really great. I have been helping the bishop a little bit with his english because he is studying pathway. The pathway program in Mexico focuses a lot in English and a requirement is to have a native speaking partner from the US that talks to you through skype once a week. His partner dropped out so now he doesnt have anyone to talk to and asked for permission to talk to me until he finds a new one. Its been fun. He's an Electrical and Mechanical Engineer and he has his own business so hes studying pathway to get a business degree and learn english better. 
They are from Oaxaca (where ELder Gomez is from) and everyone says the food in Oaxaca is the best Mexican food that there is and I think they're right. They also gave us some grasshoppers that they eat there sometimes (I saw them on the internet before I came on the mission and I hoped I would never try them) but they were actually all right. I think now after trying cow eyeball, grasshopper, cactus, and fried pig skin I can eat anything. Its awesome because dad always told us about gross stuff that he had to eat but I've never had to eat anything gross or that I didnt want to in the mission...knock on wood...I just dont like the pig skin or papaya but I can eat em. 
What else...? We also have a new couple named Pedro and Gabriela. Their family was listening to the discussions before but never got baptised and they have never listened but they are excited to learn. It looks really promising,  we're hoping they are married... We have an appointment tomorrow but we might have to cancel becuase I think we are going to the temple haha...It stinks but its also great we are going to the temple! 
Love you lots. thanks for everything and we'll talk soon! Sorry I had to change the date but HAPPY MOTHERS DAY MOM!!!!! ¡Feliz Dia de la Madre! I love you so much mom thanks foreverything you have done for me! Have a great week and we'll talk soon!
Elder Inskeep
Well the area is really different than Mixihuca. Its way more peaceful and there are less people. The Rio Consolado, Insurgentes and the Calzada de Guadalupe and Misterios are all really important streets/highways in the city but the neigboorhood is quiet. Which is hard because there are less people we can talk to. Its not very big either so its weird. The Cathedral (Basilica/la Villa) Isn't in the area but its close. We can see it and the all of the stores are like Walmart La Villa or Honda La Villa. So we're right there. It would be interesting to be here in December when they have the pilgrimage (People from all over the world go to the Basilica to worship the Virgin Guadalupe the 12th of Dec.). My companion is good. He has the same amount of time as me in the mission and hes from Tabasco the Banana Capital. Its good to be with him he's a good companion but I'm still a little sad not to be in Mixihuca with Elder Gomez. I really miss him. I actually did fight with him but I think that helped us be friends. 
I'm District leader again in Industrial my district is Elder Villanueva (Tijuana MX), Elder Avery (Provo UT), Elder Cadena (Colombia), Elder Wach (Eagle Idaho), and the sisters Villamar and Rivas the only 2 sisters from Ecuador in the mission (its funny that they are together). And our Zone leaders are Elder Hansen (St. George) and Elder Rogriguez (Cuernavaca MX). They are good. My friends Elder Dominguez (Veracruz MX) and Elder Anderson (Virgina) are in our zone too so thats cool. 
This week it has rained a whole bunch so I guess it means that the rainy season has started again. Its been rough because we dont know anyone so we've pretty much been getting wet in the street the whole week. Its nice at night though because its nice and fresh and I sleep really well. We dont have a laundry machine so that stinks (a lot) but theres a member in our ward that has a laundry busness so we can give him our clothes and he'll wash them. The only thing that is bad about that is it costs money and it takes 2 days. 
We have an investigator named Jose (24) who is the bishops nephew. Hes reallly great and ready for baptism he just needs to get an answer (we think he already has it he just needs to realize it). I like him a lot and I feel like we can connect a little because about a month ago he moved here from a really small town in Oaxaca (the state were Elder Gomez is from) so hes just barely getting used to the city and everything is new for him. Hes been alittle home sick but hes getting over it and says the gospel and living with his aunt and uncle has changed his life and his way of thinking.
We also have Joselin (17) whos grandpa is a member. She also needs an answer. And Luis (18) who is really open to learning but doesnt have a lot of time. He plays the piano, guitar, and violin, sings and teaches lessons. The cool thing is you can tell him to play whatever song and he plays it. Hes pretty cool. And those are who we are teaching right now.
Sounds like youve had a busy week (like always). You do a lot. Good luck with everything this week and thanks so much for your prayers. Love you lots!
Elder Inskeep