Queridos Amigos y Familia
Its Monday morning, looks like a beautiful day starting here in Mexico City. We are well and have done a few interesting things we want to tell you about. We hope this letter finds you all well and enjoying life as they say here in Mexico gozando la vida.
On the 5th we had a dinner with the Smith’s, the Steven’s (Mexico Area Medical Advisor) and the Hall’s. The Hall’s are from Idaho Falls and are serving as Mission President’s in one of the Mexico City Missions. It was nice to get acquainted with them and hear of some of the experiences they have had as Mission President’s–What a tough assignment. Brad Hall has the oil and gas business, among other things, in Idaho Falls. On Saturday the 7th we took the Anthony’s over to the Mission Training Center. Sister Anthony spent a couple months down here on a BYU exchange when she was in college. She enjoyed seeing how the campus had changed in forty or so years and we also enjoyed the beautiful jacaranda trees in blossom.
We go to the open air market to buy fruit and vegetables, the vegetables are beautiful and cheap. There is also chicken, beef and fish laying around in the open air, we don’t buy the meat.
If you look real close you can see the nose(snout) of the pig in this pile of meat. Nothing is wasted.
On the 9th we had a good meeting with the Chihuahua people (Mario and Sister Carlos) via the webex system. We were able to share a lot of information and answer questions without driving or flying to Chihuahua. If the internet connection on both ends is adequate it works very well, we have had one meeting that didn’t work at all because of connection. We also have new FSY Directors in Tijuana ( los Guzman), we contacted them by phone and sent a bunch of information on the churches file send program. At some point we will have to go to Tijuana for some training.
The couples serving area missions were given permission to travel to Guadalajara to the temple, so on Thursday the 12th, ten couples left the area office at 7:30 am. Its about five and a half hour drive to Guadalajara. The Tobler’s (Rex and Kathy) traveled with us, they are from St. George, he is a retired Dentist. We arrived in time to do a session in the temple and then do sealings. The next morning we went to an area called Tlaqueplaque, a suburb of Guadalajara were there is a central park area with markets and artesian shops around the park. Then we drove to Leon which is known for leather products, block after block filled with inexpensive leather products. Janie bought a new purse and I bought a belt. We then left for Guanajuato about 2 hours away from Leon. Our two hour trip turned into seven hours as there was a wreck on the freeway and we were caught in miles of traffic until the wreck was cleared.
Guanajuato is a very interesting place, its an old mining town built in a mountainous area. There is not a straight street in the city and many of the streets are in tunnels. We arrived at 10:30 pm and the gps system was not working so we couldn’t find our hotel. I stopped and asked a guy were the hotel was, he tried to draw me a map and I must of had a blank look on my face so he said, wait here I’ll go get my car and lead you over there. It was nice to get to the hotel after sitting in the car so long. Another interesting fact about Guanajuato is that they have uncovered (found) many mummies. There is something about the chemistry of the ground that has preserved bodies in great detail. The next morning we toured the mummy museum and also an old silver mine, we then had lunch before we left to go back to Mexico City. We arrived at our apartment at 8:30pm. It had rained most of the way home and we were glad to get back.
Hope these pictures give you a little taste of the things we saw on our temple/sight seeing trip. We are glad to be able to experience these things and still serve our mission.
We hope you are all well, we pray for you daily. Please know that we are doing very well and are happy in what we are doing. We miss you and love you!!!
Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, Jane and Richard