To our favorite family and best friends in the world,
Time for an update of travels, places and faces here in Mexico. Not a day goes by that we don’t say a prayer for your safety and happiness. We trust that those prayers are answered and you’re all well and happy and dealing with life’s challenges that might come your way. We are doing just fine here in Mexico and the time is flying by very fast, it won’t be long until we will finish our mission here and be heading home. Our health is good and daily we are blessed with rich experiences and the opportunity to meet many great people.
Since our last letter Garren broke his collar bone on the 19th, Sam turned 13 on the 20th of May, and Gracie turned 3 on the 8th of June. Also Brayden took fist place in the pine wood derby in Cub Scouts and Sam did very well in the school track meet, Benson’s broken arm is healing well and Jessica graduated from High School with high honors. We also saw on Face book that big Jessica ran in the Teton Dam run, we love to hear about all these family events and congratulate you all.
We have been involved in coordinating meetings with the people that take care of El Guarda, the church camp, and with purchasing and shipping people who are involved in getting materials and supplies to the different FSY conferences all over Mexico. We work with very capable people here in Mexico and it takes a lot of effort and coordination to have enough of everything where it needs to be and on time. Hopefully things beyond our control will leave us alone as we approach the conference season and all will go well.
Most of our happenings have been associated with a major training trip we took through Northern Mexico to visit with all the mission FSY directors one last time before their conferences begin. We traveled about 2700 miles in our little Honda and visited a lot of people in numerous cities. We were in Morelia, AguasCalientes, Durango, Chihuahua, Colonia Dublan, Saltillo, Monterrey, San Luis Potosi and Queretaro.
We were on the road for 12 days and felt like our trip was successful. One of the highlights was being able to visit with John and Ellen Robinson in Colonia Dublan. We took their place in the FSY program as they finished their mission and they helped us so much the first month we were here teaching us what we were to be doing. While we were with them they took us to Colonia Juarez to see the church school and the temple there. We traveled in everything from lush agricultural land to forests to dry high desert lands. Some of the scenery is spectacular but everywhere we went we were met with much enthusiasm from the people we work with. We’ve said it before and I’m sure we’ll say it again that we have the opportunity to work with some of the greatest leaders and teachers in Mexico.
On the day that we went from Saltillo to Monterrey it was only about an hour drive so we had plenty of time. The Blanco family from Saltillo picked us up at our hotel and took us to the museum of the Deseret, it’s an archeological museum that turns into a zoo by the time you finish. It’s a great museum and we had a great time with this good family, when we finished we went to a Mexican sea food restaurant and had some great food. The Blanco’s young daughter was going to leave for her mission on the next Tuesday and this was her favorite restaurant. On another evening after our training meeting we went to a really good Mexican restaurant in Queretaro with the Mendoza’s, we have had some really good Mexican food lately.
We got back to Mexico City on the 10th in time to help the Anthony’s move into our old apartment, the one that we had the fire in on the 11th of December. They finally got it fixed up so now we have neighbors on the top floor of our apartment building. Saturday the 13th we went on a day trip with the Smith’s, Anthony’s, Rice’s and Steven’s. We went to a resort (tourist) type city south of Mexico City called Iztaplan de la Sal. We didn’t stay long there, nothing more than to see it and know where it is. We then went a little further south to the Grutas de Cacahuamilpa, Large underground caverns similar to those in Carlsbad, New Mexico, The people who have been to Carlsbad say that these are much larger. The Internet says the caverns go about 10 kilometers into the mountain. We only went in about 2 kilometers (about 1.25 miles) and it was very beautiful and worth the time to see . Then we traveled to a little old-time silver town called Taxco. It’s a beautiful town built into a mountain side with very narrow streets. We ate at a nice little restaurant and did a little shopping in the silver outlets. We then drove back north to Cuernavaca were we had supper at a place called Las Mañanitas, very nice restaurant with lots of outdoor dinning with peacocks and flamingos walking around, its a very picturesque setting. We then headed back to Mexico City and got into long waits for road construction. We got to our apartment at 12:00 am midnight, very late for old people. Great day with great people learning new things.
Today the 14th was Stake Conference here so we are home earlier than usual and were having a very peaceful Sunday. Hope all of you are experiencing the same thing. We are glad to be doing what we are doing and have been given the opportunity to experience a lot of neat things here in Mexico. We pray that you are all well and that we are all growing together in the things that really matter in this old world. We love the gospel and the plan of happiness that it provides for us all in good times and in bad. Until we write again keep us in your prayers and we will do the same.
Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa and Friends