Dear Family and Friends,
Greetings from Mexico, we hope this note finds everyone in good health and happy with life. We are doing fine here in Mexico, we are still in a little bit of a holding pattern waiting instruction and direction from the Area Presidency. We were scheduled to have a meeting with them last week but they received a call from SLC indicating that our program would change for another year so they canceled our meeting until they get back from General Conference. We have planned and prepared everything we can until we get more info on the program so things are a little slow right now.
We know how to determine if your eating too much fast food. There is a Burger King just down the road from our apartment, we pass by there often when we go to the bank or dry cleaners. You know your eating to much fast food when the people who work behind the counter knows you by first name, in a foreign country—there’s your sign. It is fun to make friends with the local people and its easy to do with these people. Friday the 19th we went to the Pyramids that are about 45 minutes outside of Mexico City, Teotihuacan has the pyramids of the sun, the moon and the feathered serpent. We spent the day out there looking, walking and climbing, they are spectacular.
We had an enjoyable time at the Pyramids, it really wets your appetite to see more of them and learn about them, it was a nice day with the Smith’s. On Sunday the 21st Elder Smith and I were asked to speak in sacrament meeting on the importance of Family History. I related a couple stories of Anna Brita Stromberg and Willhelmina Isgreen (my Great Great Grandmother and Great Grandmother). It was fun to have those stories and be able to tell others. On the 26th the mission office Elders needed to go down town to Immigration to redo about 25 passports, we took them down and waited for them to do their business, it took most of the day. We had fun taking them to lunch and exploring a little more of down town.
We are encouraged to write down thoughts feelings and impressions so I thought I would include a couple that I have had the last couple weeks:
As we sat in the chapel participating in the sacrament service a scripture really came to life for me. D & C 81:5
A recent convert, in a wheel chair, was passing the sacrament with the help of a young man pushing his chair. Isaac only had partial use of his arms and was struggling to hold up the sacrament tray so people could recieve the emblems. The young man reached down and helped Isacc hold the tray by supporting and lifting up his arm. It was a very graphic example to me of the scripture–“Wherefore, be faithful; stand in the office which I have appointed unto you; succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees.”
As we studied Isaiah it became evident to me that the reason that Nephi placed so much importance on the words of Isaiah, and even included some of them in his writings, was because they teach and testify of Christ. Which is the principle reason for the Book of Mormon, to teach and testify of Christ to all.
This family is our favorite here in our ward. They are dressed in a spanish costume for the fiesta we had in our ward down here. They all danced in three different dances, plus one extra that had children, men and women combined. The littlest is called Barbarita, she is four, she finds us in the chapel and comes over to shake our hands and of course to give us a big abrazo ( Hug). She also tries to help me with my spanish. Not a bad teacher for a 4 year old. The oldest boy is -10 Lehi. He plays the piano for sacrament. Not bad either. They use them young down here, if they are blessed with a talent. Their second is 8- Kathryn, she also plays the piano durning sacrament. All three of these kids will go up and bear their testimony on fast Sunday without help from either parent. I don’t know what they feed their kids but they have no shyness. They acts more like grownups. The Father and Mother were both missionaries under Elder Hammond, He was their Mission President in Monterrey Mexico.— He was a dentist in Rexburg plus the 70 who was over Richard when he was Stake Pres. He and his wife are now off, on their mission as a couple.
Since we still have 2 more weeks before we find out what the changes are for FSY, and with nothing to work on, we are driving over to Veracruz tomorrow to go the temple there, since this temple here is closed until March. We will stay the night there and the next morning we plan on attending another session before we drive back to Mexico City. (5 hour drive).
Well that pretty well gets us caught up of news down south, we love you all and appreciate all you do for us.
Mom & Dad, Grandma & Grandpa, Jane & Richard