Dear Family and Friends,
Greetings from a little further south than where you are. In fact I just looked on the computer, its 3:30 in the afternoon and its a pleasant 72 degrees here and it looks like about 15 degrees in Sugar City–huh, I think I’m liking this more all the time. We just got home from our church meetings today, we had a regional Stake Conference. Part of it was broadcast from SLC the other part was from here in Mexico City. What technology we have to be able to do this stuff. After church we went to our church building to teach the marriage and family relations class, we have a great class with a lot of interaction with everyone there, its really fun to be involved with these people. Because some of the people walk some distance to church or ride the bus or take a taxi, everyone brings some food and after our class we have a pot luck picnic and then we all go home, its a lot of fun and we are making great friends here.
We hope this letter finds you all well, we certainly love to hear from you and keep up with what you are doing. Yesterday we received a note from Mike Hawkes and are saddened to learn of Wendy’s continued battle, we sure wish them the best and pray for them. Janie had her birthday on the 7th and I think I found the best buy in town 9 beautiful roses for 30 pesos (about $2.30). At certain stop lights people will come to your car to sell flowers, so I rolled down my window and this is what I got.
We are still running into kids who are serving missions here, we ran into Elder Harper from Rexburg whose grandparents live in Newdale (Bruce and Christine). We also ran into Sister Hammer from Rigby whose parents are good friends with Flint and Lisa, we ran into her at the Missionary Training Center and also at the Visitors center here where we live.
One of our favorite missionaries–Elder Shilig, on the right, went home this week for a knee operation, he says he’ll be back in less than 3 months. The other Elder here is Elder Hicks, he has a full-ride scholarship to play football at BYU when he returns. Elder Hicks who is the passport and visa secretary in the mission office goes down town to the consulate quite often, he told us of a little store that sells american products. The last time we were there we were able to buy some brown sugar, which is scarce down here, so Janie is happy making cookies and I am happy eating them.
One day this last week we went to the MTC and worked with a fellow missionary named Rob Jones who is serving there. He has worked in curriculum development all his life and is an expert using power point. I have spent the last 2 or 3 weeks making power point presentations for our FSY trainings, Rob was able to give us some pointers on how to make the presentations better and spice up and improve our slides. So now we have about 85 ppt slides that are really fun to work with and teach from. After we train our people we will give them the power point presentations so they can use them in the training they will do in their respective missions. We had our first training yesterday here in Mexico City with the missions that are in the city or on the outskirts, had a great day with them and exchanged a lot of information. We trained for a couple hours, and then had lunch at the Temple cafeteria and then trained for a couple more hours.
We will be gone for the next couple weeks on a training trip. We leave next Thursday and on Saturday we will have a meeting in Monterrey with the people from the missions of Monterrey West, Monterrey East, Reynosa and Saltillo. Then with lots of driving we will have trainings in Durango, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juarez, Hermosillo, Ciudad Obregon, Culiacan and Guadalajara with 3 missions there and then back to Mexico City. If all goes well we are scheduled to be back here on Dec. 5.
Well, that about catches us up for another few days, before we close we need to insert a bit of humor that Janie found on face book.
A blonde driving a car became lost in a snowstorm. She didn’t panic however, because she remembered what her dad had once told her. “If you ever get stuck in a snowstorm, just wait for a snow plow to come by and follow it.” Sure enough, pretty soon a snow plow came by, and she started to follow it. She followed the plow for about forty-five minutes. Finally the driver of the truck got out and asked her what she was doing. And she explained that her dad had told her if she ever got stuck in a snow storm, to follow a plow. The driver nodded and said, “Well, I’m done with the Wal-Mart parking lot, do you want to follow me over to Best Buy now?”
Ok enough of that, we love you all dearly and pray for your well being every day. The gospel is true and we are blessed when we try to do good (the best we can), sometimes we fail and make mistakes but we know that the Savior has paid the price for our mistakes. Please know of our love for all of you as we are struggling down here in the severe 72 degree weather.
Love to all,
Mom and Dad, Richard and Jane, Grandma and Grandpa