Monday, January 14, 2013
Hey everybody! I'm in Mexico! I've been here for about a week now. It has definitely been a big culture shock, and it turns out I don't know Spanish very well ha. I am in a city called Techeacan about two hours away from the city of Puebla. The first couple days, I'm not going to lie, I didn't like it. First, because my bags got lost on the way here, so i couldn't really get moved in until couple days after I got here. I felt all out of place and plus I couldn't understand anyone! I was feeling that same homesick feeling I first felt when I left on my mission. I started to get more comfortable after a couple days though. I just had to keep praying for peace and comfort, and let myself just relax. It turns out this place isn't that different from home after all. People are just speaking a different language! There are things that are pretty different of course, but for the most part people live normal everyday lives and do normal everyday things!
My companion is awesome, and I really admire him for what he has to put up with. This is his first time training, or even as a senior companion. He speaks a little English so we can communicate around the apartment, but if we have to go do anything or teach, he's pretty much on his own because I can't speak the language yet! And to make it worse, we're opening a new area. So he hasn't been here before and neither have I. I would say we get lost at least once day ha. The other night our one investigator didn't show up for our lesson,which was pretty disappointing. We came home and I could tell he was super frustrated, and so was I. So I busted out a mini ping pong table Eli had sent me, turned on some music, and we just blew off some steam for a bit. Oh ya, his name is elder Betts
I did have one cool experience last night. Usually in lessons I can't understand much, and i saw very little if anything. Well last night we visited one of our investigators, just to drop something off. Well he invited us in and elder Betts started talking to him. As usual i couldn't understand anything. I sat in silence for a good 40 minutes trying not zone out, and at least try to comprehend something so I could give input I could tell something was wrong, but I didn't know what. Then I caught one phrase. Something along the lines of "i want to change, but its not possible." I intervened. i had his attention, and my heart was pounding. He was looking right t me, waiting for me to say something. I said (or at least tried in my broken Spanish) "I don't exactly know what's going on, but I know that Jesus Christ lives and through him we can do anything."I then shared a scripture from ether in the book of Mormon on faith, and continued to testify that God loves us and can work miracles in our lives if we have faith. Than my companion took over again. Later, we showed him how to pray, and he offered the closing prayer for us. It was awesome. I don't know if he understood what I was trying to say, but I know he felt and understood the spirit, and that's all that matters. His name is Romario, hopefully things workout so that we can continue to help him.
Here is my address for Mexico.
Mexico Puebla South Mission
31 Poniente #109 Int. 201
Col. Chul Vista
72420 Puebla, Puebla
Hope everybody has a good week!
Monday, January 7, 2013
Jacob was able to Face Time with the family on Christmas day. Only problem was we couldn't see Jacob, it was not working on his end. He was able to see us though, which probably is more important! He says he that he is doing great but is ready to go to Mexico.