Hello Family and Friends!
Well I have actually been feeling pretty exhausted physically this last week. I
think that the time change had something to do with it. But Elder Lopez and I
are continuing the fight here in Lomas del Real, Yautepec!
Impressions of Mexico!
1) So, when the farmers and people that work in the field here in Mexico want
to get rid of plants that are unneeded, they burn them. Unfortunately for the
missionaries, this causes a periodic "rain" of charred plant that
falls from the sky and lands on our white shirts. If you touch it or try to
wipe it off, it will only stain your shirt so you literally have to blow it off
2) Shorts are just not popular here. It can be like over 100 degrees and the
humidity could be sky-rocketing through the roof but everyone here is still
determined to put on their pants.
3) Every Saturday here in Yautepec they have a street market in one of the
colonias in our area and sometimes we have to pass through it in order to go to
an appointment. The people selling are constantly shouting out the prices
trying to lure people over and convince them that their dead chickens (complete
with head and feet) are better than the dead chickens that the other guy is
selling two booths over. Well, when we pass through, all of the people stop
shouting the prices and start shouting "white boy, look at these beautiful
hamocs" or "white boy, look at these beautiful strawberries"
etc. People in Mexico think that the Mormon Missionaries = Walking ATMs.
Just a few more impressions and thoughts about the country that I am growing to
love more and more each and every week that I am here. Literally, I am going to
miss this country when I return. The food, people, and basically just the
culture in general sink into me a little more every week. I love the Mexican
people. Something that I honestly could not say at the beginning of my mission.
But with time, as my ability grew to communicate and as I prayed for charity
and love every night during my prayers, my Heavenly Father has blessed me with
the love that I have been seeking. I know that I have definitely been called
here for a reason.
This morning I was studying in Alma 32 in the Book of Mormon and thinking a lot
about my faith and where it is at. I began to think about my mission and
everything that has happened so far to me. I remembered a prayer that I had
during my first transfer in the mission field. I do not know if you all
remember my first companion, but, he definitely was a test for me. I remembered
that one day I had had enough. Literally I was ready to throw in the towel. I felt like I was tied, tightly. Like I had no
way out and no source of help. I was scared because I could not speak Spanish
or understand anyone and did not feel like I was receiving any help from my trainer.
I remember that we were talking and I left the room that we were in, feeling
angry, confused, and once again, tied down. I remember that I went into the
other room and kneeled down at the table and began to pray. All I remember
saying was that I did not know what to do. That I needed help. After I had made
this admission, that I needed help, the
sweetest feelings of peace poured over my body and filled me up. I remember
that I felt empowered in the exact moment that I had made a declaration of my
weakness and my inability to resolve the problems I had and face what seemed
like the insurmountable mountains that I had to climb. I felt strong in my
weakness and I felt freed even though the trials had not been taken away.
My Heavenly Father has definitely taught me in my weakness. He has shown me
that he loves me perfectly and knows me perfectly. A lot of times I fall in the
trap of asking, "Why is this happening to me? I deserve something
different." But while I was studying and reading the last verses of this
chapter when it talks about the need to care for our faith with great diligence
and patience, and that one day, we will see the fruits of our labors, I was
filled with peace. Just with the knowledge that if I am giving it my all. If I
truly am sacrificing and striving to become more like my Savior daily and
giving every ounce of energy that I have, then I am alright. Everything is
Well, I love you all very much. I say this every week but it is so true. I love you and want the best for you. I
know that Christ lives. He is the Savior and Redeemer of mankind. I love him so
much. Through his Atonement I can change everything. I can become what my
Heavenly Father knows I can become. I know that there is a plan for me. I do
not know what this plan is, but I know that it exists. And I know that if I
remain faithful, that every promised blessing will come. Every sacrifice will
be worth it. I just know it and feel it. This is the work of my Heavenly Father
and it will always roll forward.
Thank you for your love and prayers. I feel them and you need to know that they
strengthen me. I hope that you all feel my love for you as well.