Showing posts from November, 2021

Big Events

  About the only excitement we had the first part of the week was that we ate a Burger King hamburger and fries. It was the first fast food we’ve had since we got here. We saw it when we came out of Chedraui from grocery shopping and were hungry. We’re enjoying all the good Mexican food we get here, but it was nice to have a bit of a taste of something from home.

Plans and Adventures

Inside the temple Visitor's Center Our communications department is planning an event in conjunction with the lighting of the Christmas lights on the grounds at the Mexico City temple, so this week we went there to work out the logistics. It is a big event. Gustavo and Lucero have invited influencers and VIPs to a reception in the visitor’s center, followed by a Christmas program in a Stake Center on the grounds, and lastly, the actual lighting of the lights. It kicks off the church’s “Light the World with Love” campaign in Mexico and the Christmas season. The young, sister missionaries who are serving at the visitor’s center will be acting as hostesses for the event. We met with them to tell them about it and to explain their responsibilities. The church has just started sending young missionaries back into Mexico since they were taken out due to COVID, so most of the sister missionaries were Mexicans. Lucero arrived back here from the United States this week because of this event

Green Cards and Flat Bottomed Boats

  We got our green cards this week, which means we are now legal residents of Mexico! Although we are area missionaries, the Mexico City West mission is assigned to take care or our temporal needs, so they got all the paperwork ready for us. Then Thursday two cute, young missionaries met us in front of our office building, ordered an Uber, and escorted us to the Immigration building. They made sure our papers were all in order and sent us in. I was a little nervous because we had to go through the process separately, and I don’t speak Spanish well. I was worried I wouldn’t understand what they were asking me or that I wouldn’t be able to answer something important. Then I thought, “What’s the worst thing that could happen? They might decide I can’t stay and send me home.” That didn’t seem too bad, so I calmed down. Between my limited Spanish and their limited English, we managed to get the process done. I even had one exchange which gave me more confidence when it comes to trying to sp

Mas Dia de los Muertos!

This week, Monday and Tuesday were holidays in Mexico—Dia de los Muertos is an actual national holiday here—so we didn’t go work those days. We started our celebration Sunday night with the other missionaries here at Teca Once. Pat Wright set up a table as an ofrenda where we could all place pictures of our deceased loved ones. Then we gathered together on Sunday evening, and each couple told about one of their people. It was sweet to hear the tender stories, mostly about parents or grandparents. Afterwards we had the traditional Dia de los Muertos bread (which is sweet and almost has an orange taste to it) and hot chocolate. Ron and I also brought fried plantains and the Alsops brought churros. The night was also a bit of a farewell to the Burtons, who finished their mission and returned home this week. The missionaries here humorously refer to couples who have finished their missions and gone home as being “on the other side,” so it fit right in with the Dia de los Muertos theme. The