Dear family and friends.

Time is starting to race. This past week we spent a day in Conejos in a zone conference, a day in DF at the temple, and also lots of time with the other missionaries. I can’t believe that there are only two more weeks before I see you all again.

This morning we went to Tula and we ended up using our whole p-day. But I wanted to at least send you these fotos. Hope all of you are well, and I’ll be seeing you soon.

PS Don’t worry. I won’t pack my bags until it’s really time. haha.

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9 abril 2012.

10 Apr

Dear family and friends,
They don’t want to give me one bit of rest these last few weeks of the mission! Last week we had a conference in Cuautitlan Izcalli and this week we have one in Cerritos. We also went to Atizapan de Zaragoza last week to visit some old friends. Apart from that, it looks like we’ll be going to the temple this week or next. Then they ask us to still do the amount of normal work?!? Things are busy as can be.

Richard the Canadian contacted us. He’s going back to Canada tomorrow. I think his kids live up there and his wife lives down here; I’ll admit, I’m a little confused about that.

Benjamin went to Sinaloa to coach and has also left us here waiting his return.

We met a kid who lived 7 years in North Carolina. He was supposed to go to church yesterday, but he probably went back, too. haha. Seems like everyone’s leaving the country for holy week.

I guess yesterday was Easter. They do celebrate it here, but in a very different way. They actually remember Christ! Although most of the emphasis is on the crucifixion and not on the resurrection.

Tomorrow is David’s birthday! Happy birthday, brother. Hope it’s a great day for you. Don’t go fishing… you can do that any other day of the year!!

Well, I guess we’ll talk next week. Take care and I’ll try and send some photos next Monday.

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Dear family and friends,

I almost have a heart attack every week as I put the date in the subject line. It’s already April!! Conference was this weekend; I hope all were able to enjoy the wonderful spirit and learn from the messages of modern prophets. I was able to see all 5 sessions, although we had frequent distractions and we’ll probably learn a lot more when the magazine comes.

Our dear friend Richard, the Canadian, wasn’t at church this week. We haven’t heard anything from him, but I think he goes back to Canada this coming week… hopefully he finds the church there.

This week we had to empty out the house that Elder Garcia and I used to live in. Tepeji II is officially a closed area, and in our current house we now have four beds, four desks, four chairs, etc. It was really nice this weekend because Elder Johnson and Elder Cabrera had to stay three nights in our house. So we slept comfortably, no one on the floor!

We spent three days this week in divisions. I worked with Elder Moreno, my old comp from about a year ago, Elder Rodriguez, a new elder with about two months in the mission, and Elder Irigoyen from Uruguay, who arrived here in Mexico about the same time I did. Needless to say we’ve been traveling a lot and keeping busy.

Hope all of you are fabulous. We’ll talk to you again soon.

67 a bunch of cats, haha.

72 Elder Rodriguez in front of the Christian church with the longest name I’ve ever seen. Spiritual Temple of the Light of the three Powers of the Divine Providence.

75 With Christian, a Veracruzana. She’s the niece of the lady that rents us our house and was having a huge party on friday night. We didn’t go, I promise. But we did take pictures before going up the stairs to sadly listen to the party music all night and try to sleep.

76 Elder Johnson with about $350 USD in mexican 50 peso bills. It’s the combination of his rent in Jilotepec and ours in Tepeji for the next month. Cheap, right?

78 Elder Moreno is the bomb.

79 This ice cream cake is the bomb.

80 Reporting while walking down the street is the bomb.

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I almost put 2010 in the subject line… it feels like yesterday.
Dear whoever still reads these after almost two years,

Saturday was St Patties day and I had no idea! I’m glad I forgot or I would have been craving scones all night. I’m pretty sure I put on a tie with green in it. And even if I didn’t, you can’t pinch me because its already come and gone.

My friend, Elder Johnson, finally got his dear john. We’re all so sad! We want him to read it in district meeting but he won’t. This is the first dear john I’ve actually seen in the mission. Elder Ficachi, one of my first zone leaders, got an ultrasound for a dear john! That’s the saddest thing ever. Something else cool about Elder Johnson is that a family from his area went to Utah last week and while they were there, his parents met them and they took a photo. It reminded me of when Dad took a picture with President Nancollas– really weird seeing a piece of Mexico back in the states with faces we know.

Rosa, her daughter, and her daughter in law (nuera) went to church the other day. It was great; we’ve been visiting them off and on for several months because they haven’t been able to go. They all were making fun of their dad because he always says that he knows the church is true, but the other day he started bearing his testimony about other churches as well. We tried to explain what Isaiah meant when he talked about coming close to God with our lips, but being far from him in our hearts.

Also, Benjamin went to church again! He asked the Stake President why he told people to do their hometeaching visits if they already know they’re supposed to do it. President BaƱuelos kindly answered him, haha.

Karla and Steve, thanks for the note. Can’t wait to see you! Alysha, it sounds like you’re having lots of fun. Can’t believe you’re 17. You still can’t have boyfriends, sorry.

Take care and I’ll see yall next week!

93 Quesadilla de BRAINS.

94 Liahona Nov 2010. Is that Megan?? Nope, just a mysterious body double.

95 There’s a tv and a tire floating in this river. Disgusting.

97 What kind of cactus is that? A couple days after taking this picture, we saw another one. What are these things??

98 The circus is here! I might go. haha.

99 11 shoes. (don’t you love these captions?)

101 A donkey eating a nopal. We saw this on our way from Paradise to Four Tables. Really.

112 Nothing, I just like bridges is all.

117 Happy dog.

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