Mexico is insane. There is no such thing as traffic rules here and the Policia never pull anyone over unless they want money from you. So if you get pulled over then expect to either pay a pretty penny for nothing or go to jail. HAHA also the Street lights and the lines in the roads are all suggestions as well as seat belts. My companion Hermana Quispe calls the drivers here "fast and furious"but when she says it it sounds like "foost E Foooious" its great. Everyone stares as we walk down the road its probably because I am so tall or something.....or maybe because im the only White American around for miles...maybe even countries who knows. No but seriously its awesome I am considered tall or average hieght for the men even! Also the food is to die for here! We eat with the members every day and here they eat 2 meals so they have a small breakfast and then lunch is with the whole family around 3 and its like a huge feast, then dinner just isnt really common plus as missionaries there isnt much time for dinner anyways. My poor companion is from Peru and is so petite that her stomache cant hold large amounts of food at a time so occasionaly after meals she has to go throw up. She speaks only spanish, but is trying to learn english so she can attend BYU after the misión, so i'm helping her out. She has been in the misión for 3 months now and is an amazing missionary! I love her to death. Mexico is so loud! cars are always honking especially taxis and then there are people who drive these carts around trying to sell stuff and they just Yell into these microphones that dont work to well so it always sounds like "hoodojolopolyriokjd"which doesn't sound to pleasing to want to buy if you ask me. The pasteries here or the Pan is amazing and to die for! Compared to the french pasteries its pretty similar and just oh so wonderful. This morning i made Mango oatmeal!!!!!!!!!!!! MANGO!!!!!!!!!! haha it was just great. Also the music in Mexico is awesome because its all American english music haha.
I am picking spanish up pretty quickly becasue im forced to constantly speak it and hear it and eat it and anything else that comes with spanish. I have this rule that no matter what always pretend like you know whats going on and what people are saying. So when they ask if i understand i just always say yes even if i don't, this theory totally Works because the more i pretend to understand the more i actually do and the more i focus on what they are saying and try to decipher it. Its definitly difficult but im getting the hang of it. the first real day in the feild was Wednesday and we went and taught a lady and her daughter for the first time and they accepted to baptism and said they believed Joseph Smith was real so that was awesome! In the lessons im in charge of baring my tesitimony, saying prayers, and finding scriptures and sharing them because thats about all i know how to do, but it has been an amazing experience. alot of the work out here is reactivation, and refferals from members so we were visiting a less active member Elbia and i honestly had no idea what was going on but i was in charge of sharing a scripture and the spirit guided me to a scripture which i totally cant remember right now....anyways we shared it with her and as she read it she cried and the spirit was so strong in the room it was a powerful momento.
And as every other week has gone there always has to be an embarrassing momento in my life. It would just be to simple and boring without one right? So we were eating linner with members Thursday afternoon and the Elders in the area where there too and we had pizza to be specific Little Ceasars pizza so that was cool. Anyways so we get done with the family and are heading out the door walking with the Elders for a minute and after we Split up i look down and my shirt i was wearing was unbuttoned right in the spot my bra hits and that peaks out everytime you move if its not buttoned. So the first time meeting the elders in the área and a recent convert family my blouse is gapping open. Super awesome right? And when i asked my companion if she noticed it she said yes but that she didn't know if thats how it was supposed to be or not because americans were crazy haha. This same family we had dinner with asked me to also bare my testimony at their daughters baptism on Saturday. I thought they were totally joking because people out here always make jokes with me because they know i won't really get it or understand it so I didn't realice they were serious until Saturday 10 minutes before the baptism when my misión President was like "so i hear your sharing your testimony today"again still assuming he was kidding i said öhhh surre ya totally haha" Then i got called up to bear my testimony. I got up and prayed harder than ever before in my entire life to let the spirit touch the people and to help them understand my terrible spanish. and this is what i said "i know this church is true. You have such a beautiful family and i can feel the love God has for you. i remember what a spiritual experience my own baptism was. Never forget the feeling you feel here today and write it down when you get home because it will stay with you forever. i know the prophet Joseph Smith was a true prophet of god and that this church brought so much hope and love in my life. i know if you stay with the church it will bring the same for you and i know the scriptures especially the book of mormon are true." and i left it at that i was in tears afterwards for the spirit i felt i couldt literally feel gods love for the people in the room especially Vanessa and it was amazing.
I love Mexico so much and i know its where i am meant to be for now. I hope the holidays were memorable for everyone and that you always remember the ones you love and remain grateful for the small luxeries in your lives. There are people here that are so humble and loving that in order to feed the missionaries they will go hungry to provide for us. Out here dogs beg for food and don't know what a home is as well as children and families. People going day to day stealing from eachother because they have no options for a better way. You never realize what you have until you go to places like this and Mexico isn't even the worst situation around. Be grateful for the ones in your life and for the life you have out of poverty and remember that especially during the times of the holidays to love everyone you come in contact with because they are all Gods children. I love you all and can't wait to hear from you around Christmas time! take care!
I love you!
p.s. sorry for the spelling and tipos the computers are in spanish here so sometimes the words get changed and other times i just cant remember english so thats that.