With our ties Fernando made! (from the back left to right) Jimenez, me, Dominguez (Veracruz), Cadena (Colombia), Villanueva (Tijuana MX), Wach (Eagle ID), Anderson (Virginia), Vasquez (Chihuahua), Avery (Provo), Black (California)
Us missionaries from the Industrial Zone and some sisters from the stake choir that helped us.
Elder Jimenez and I with Karla (the girl in white), her mom Antonia, her sister Camilia, and the Bishop
Karla and her family that aren't members
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Well Ive got lots to tell this week so we'll see if I can remember everything and you can understand me. Well the biggest thing is I had transfers and they sent me back to the state (after a year in the city) to a suburb called Cuidad Azteca (Aztec City) as a Zone Leader, I'm with my first gringo companion Elder Jacobs from Seattle Washington, at first a was a little bit bumbed about being sent with another american because I dont want to damage my spanish and a lot of the other american leaders here are really prideful but until now looks like things are going to go well. I'm super excited because they also sent Elder Gomez (my best friend) to the zone and Elder Bartlett (my friend and zone leader from Moctezuma from Gilbert AZ) and Elder Gutierrez (was in my district in Moctezuma) were already here! I'm super excited about that.
Fernando did get baptised, Magali was already a member just inactive. It was super great. I'll send you the pictures! Daniela and Jose still havent been baptised but its probable that it they will be baptised within the next 2 weeks, Elder Jimenez and his comp will baptise them and maybe presidente will give me permission to go. I'm a lot farther away now though...you can look up Cuidad Azteca and thats were I'm at, right in the middle, theres a big mall called Plaza Aragon and another called Mexiplaza thats about all I can tell you about the area right now. The state is really different from the city (the federal district that they recently changed to its own state) Its mostly just suburbs and everyone works in the city. Its going to be a different change but I'm remembering how it was in Muzquiz even though Muzquiz is a lot closer to the city that Cuidad Azteca, the ward is called Guerrero.
The devotional was really great too! Hna Antonia (Karla's mom) filmed almost the whole thing but itll be hard to send so we're going to think about that. Maybe she can share it on facebook and all tell Anna to get on my facebook and accept her friend request so you can see the videos. I dont remember if I told you about how Fernando and Magali didnt have enough money to get married but Fernando is a tailor so we paid him to make us matching ties for the devotional to help him with money! it was awesome they turned out amazing (youll see them in the pics) he did a great job!
The new president is really great! Like super awesome. I cant remember if I already told you but he's Chilean but he has lived in the US sense he was 11. His wife is from Finland, they met on the mission in Florida and she moved to the US when they got married. they have 4 kids and 2 of them came with them on the mission, a daughter thats 17 and a son thats 14 (he reminded me of Jace). Only President knows spanish but the rest of them are learning. They lived in Seattle for a long time but a year before they got the mission call he was impressed to sell his huge orthadontics (Im not sure how you spell it) business (hes super rich) and move to Boston and teach at MIT!!!! He said later he realized why because it would have been harder to go on the mission if he still had his business. He's pretty young and it looks like everything is going to be super great! I love Pres. Anaya too and I miss him but I also know and have a testimony that God knows what we need and he calls his servants by revelation, and guides them to help us also through revelation, I know that Pres. Naumann is what this mission needs!
Yep I finally got the package!!! Thanks so much! I loved it! Elder Jimenez thought the card was weird hahaaha (because he doesnt know english) and I was super happy about the socks and the shoe insert thingys I think they're gonna help me a lot. I also liked the temple cards and thanks for everything! It was really great to recieve it.
I was sad not to recieve any pictures of the addition! Sounds like Kelsey did great on her talk! Shes preparing to be a great missionary! (I hope they send everyone to Mexico!) thats crazy Camdons home too and that Landan will be home this week! Tell them I said hola! HAve you heard anything from Jerry? They were asking me about him today. Dad, you listened to your book again? Wow you must have really liked it then haha. Can you really focus when listening to it? Im not sure if I would last that long. At least I'm not as distracted as E. Jimenez, he was always off in his own world hahaha sometimes he would say random things that didnt make any sense or he would just laugh at his own thoughts haha it was a little bit rough sometimes because he never knew what was going on and he does not know how to talk to people, but I'm gonna miss all the laughs he gave me haha.
Time sure flies fast and I'm loving the mission! I'll tell you more about the area next week. I think I remembered everything... I hope! Love you all a lot! Thanks for the birthday package, your support, and everything! Adios!
Well I had more to say but its rough living and then coming back, we had 3 lessons already today and a practice for the fireside so we havent had much time. HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!! I took pictures to send you of the church, our apartment, the street in front of our house, some tamales we made with a sister in the ward and I cant remember what else but the computer I'm at doesnt have an adapter to send the pictures from my camera to the computer and for some reason the camera chord doesnt work anymore. Also I think the time has hit my clothes...theyre starting to look a little bad...we had some warrenties right? I also have a cold so that stinks a lot, I feel crappy.
Love you a lot mom!
So much to say and such little time! Well this week Pres. Anaya went home and Pres. Naumann got here, I still havent met him but we have conference on thursday so itll be interesting. All I know is that they are from Washington, Pres is from Chile and his wife from Finland. The pres's wife and kids still dont know spanish so thatll be interesting for them too.
I didnt get my package yet but hopefully I'll get it on thursday. Sounds like everything has been going great with you guys. You are a fantastic mom, mom! You did everything great! Dont worry! That sounds cool about your lights dad! Im excited to see them! the house looks great too! Congrats mom on your tennis match! Have you played against Anna?
Well this week we are planning a stake missionary musical activity for friday and saturday (I dont even know how to explain it in english) but anyways we are going to teach the plan of salvacion through music (missionary choir (my zone), stake choir, and a primary choir) its going to super great, we've been inviting everyone and practicing a lot. We hope it will help members, less actives and investigadores feel the spirit. I'll be excited to tell you about it next week. Also, transfers are monday and I kind of feel like they are going to change me so we'll see what happens. Elder Jimenez and I opened the area so we both have the same amount of time here.
Fernando and Magali are getting married on friday so he can get baptised on sunday and we think Jose gets back tomorrow so he can be baptised this week too! Daniela is also a possiblity too (like always) but this week she did progress a little bit more and even brought her mom and daughter to church yesterday.
Aye we dont have time because we have a meeting but I think we might have time to come back afterwards and finish writing. Super sorry
Love you lots!!!
Well my birthday was good thanks! I didnt get my package yet but maybe tomorrow in the district class i will. It was a good day, nobody knew but I was in (Im not sure what they call it in english) interchanges on thursday/friday morning with Elder Wach from Eagle ID in his ward (Joyas) and my companion told him and he told a sister in the ward and she bought us breakfast so that was super nice and then the other ELders called and sang Las Mañanitas (happy birthday in spanish). then I got back to the area and we went to the lunch appointment and Elder Jimenez told the sister it was my birthday and she bought us cupcakes.
This week I was in interchanges with Congreso (E. Avery- Provo) on tuesday and wednesday and then Joyas (E. Wach- Eagle) on Thursday and Friday so I wasnt in the area that much but it was a really good week. I learned a lot and was able to get to know my district better and find ways to be able to help them more. It was a good expirence. We do it every transfer but this one was different. WE had a lot of success in finding new people in all 3 areas and this week is going to be super great.
Luis Fernando still hasnt been baptised because we're trying to find money to marry them... hopefullly this week. We only need 600 pesos so we should be able to do it with the help of the ward.
FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS CARTER, KELSEY, Y COLE!!!!!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I hope everything went great and congratulations in being ordained deacons Carter and Cole!!! Whats spyder-ball? THats super great that Kels got to go to girls camp too! Girls camp here is just one night haha.
Who said we cant write back and forth? THe house looks good too!
Thanks for the birthday wishes and everything you're sending! Sorry I was going to send the pictures you wanted this week. Its my goal to take more pictures but I didnt get to buy batteries until today so next week I'll send pictures!!!
Sorry Ive gotten terrible at writting. I love you a lot thanks for everything!!!
It would be "una carta mas" haha. This week has been good! HAPPY FATHER'S DAY DAD!!!!!!! FELIZ DIA DEL PADRE!!!! I forgot that fathers day was this week! I hope you had a good day! Yesterday we had stake conference. They called a new stake presidency so Elder Benjamin De Hoyos (the area president) and Elder Martinez (area 70) where there. The temple president and also president Anaya came (president Anaya goes home the 28th :'( its sad) It was good! Do you remember what the 70 that came to our stake conferences name was? I didnt remember that he was Mexican but the one that came to our stake conference here looked familiar, his name is Felix A. Martinez and hes from Veracruz, MX. They called Pres. Ramirez (who is one of Pres. Anaya's councilors) as one of the councilors in the stake presidency so that was cool and our wards primary presidents husband as another. The new president is a scientist in the Univ. of Mexico so thats pretty crazy.
I saw that the basement had walls and doors so I thought that it was going to be something else thats why I asked.
Question: well theres a sister in our ward that wants to go into business with me hahaha, she wants to put tortilla stores (tortillerias) in the US and she says that because I'm the first gringo that has been in the ward for a long time and sense she had the idea that I'm the one. She makes it sound like a great idea and she kind of convinced me a little bit haha. So how hard is it to open a business in the US, what are the rules, and how much would it cost? She says in the future she would open a restaurant too and she has experience with her own restaurant in Mx too but I think business is really different in the US. What do you think? Shes kind of super serious about it and Im not really at all but it would be interesting, failure just makes me nervous.
My companion doesnt really know english at all and Im not sure he even cares that nobody writes him.
Thats crazy Camdon is going to be home soon and even crazier that Landan is going to get married! What!!!(with a mexican accent)?!!?
Well Luis Fernando is supposed to get baptised this week but they still havent gotten married, they were going to get married this week but they said they still dont have enough money, they only need 600 pesos so we're going to see what we can do about that. I'll try and take some more pictures, i need to buy batteries.
I thought I had several things to say but I guess thats it... The house looks good! Its way big! I cant wait to see more pictures. Whats next?
Love you lots! Thanks for everything!