Sunday, April 30, 2017

Missionaries Working Around the Mission

Hermana Bustos and Flores with smiles on their
faces as they leave Interviews with the President
and head out to work in Zapata
Hermana Bustos and Flores show us
their hard working boots, that cover
many miles a day in the heat!

Elder Gramajo, Assistant to the President
is teaching in our Zone Conference

Elder Piña, Assistant to the President is
teaching in our Zone Conference
Presidente Haws writes the summary of the
Zone Conference teachings on the white board

Elder Gramajo uses the projector to illustrate the
Mexico Area Plan as he teaches at Zone Conference

I caught up with Hermana Sanchez and Hermana
Perez in Hidalgo Ward, Villahermosa to
give them a treat

The Office Elders help us do whatever
needs to be done.  Here, Elder Anieves
and Elder Gomez are helping me
install a "clima", it is a portable air
conditioning unit in one of the
Hermanas apartment in Villahermosa

Elder Anieves shows us the completed project

Elder Wilkins helped us from the outside

District Class with the Reforma District in Villa
Elder Vizcaino, the District Leader, taught
the class.  In attendance, Elders Jensen, Canche
and Clifford and Hermanas Huber, Wilson,
Sanchez and Perez 


Every week our missionaries baptize many wonderful people into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  It is a wonderful thing to see the light and hope that come into these people's hearts and lives.  Here are some of the recent baptisms throughout the Mission.
Elder Torres and Elder Fairbanks in Carmen

The whole Carmen Zone missionaries attended
the baptism of this family

Elder Cascante and Elder Prieto baptizing in

Hermana Perez and Hermana Sanchez taught
Tamileth, and Hermana Huber and Hermana
Wilson are in the Hidalgo Ward in Villahermosa

Elder Gale and Elder Carneiro baptize in Carmen

Elder Thompson and Elder Ascencio in Acayucan

Elder Cordoba and Elder Serrato in Acayucan

Elder Cordoba and Elder Serrato in Acayucan

Elder Cordoba and Elder Serrato in Acayucan

In the Tenosique Zone, Elder's Najera, Hernandez,
Villarreal and Rivas

Saturday, April 22, 2017

3 Weeks Training

The new missionaries and their trainers at 3 Week Training
at the Villahermosa Stake Center
We bring the missionaries that arrived most recently, at their 3 week mark in the mission, into the Mission Office for training.  We discovered that when they arrive the first day from the CCM, they are tired, anxious and unfamiliar with everything around them, so we didn't feel like they were absorbing very much of what we were teaching and explaining to them about the Mission.  We now bring them into Villahermosa, once they have been here for 3 weeks, they are more acclimatized to their surroundings, they have been able to work and meet people and they are better able to absorb the teachings and trainings that we do, also, they know what questions to ask and what we are teaching makes sense to them.  And they get to receive a big dose of love from us!   Here is the March group, when they came back for their training, each with their companions.
Elders Sosa and Peterson in Mercedes,
 Gaviotas Zone

Elders Rivas and Villarreal in Tenosique,
Tenosique Zone

Elders Carraso and San Pablo in Candelaria,
Tenosique Zone

Elders Serrato and Cordoba in San Pedro,
Acayucan Zone

Hermanas Huber and Wilson in Hidalgo,
Villahermosa Zone

Elders Aguilar and Correon in Petrolera,
Cardenas Zone

Elders Raudales and Valasquez in Gaviotas
Coatzacoalcos Zone

Elders Urbano and Mancilla in Macuspana,
Gaviotas Zone 

Elders Cottrell and Bauzan in Las Choapas,
Coatzacoalcos Zone

Elders Gramajo and Piña, Assistants
to the President

Sunday, April 16, 2017

My Birthday in the Mission

I always tell the missionaries on their birthday- "It is great to have a birthday in the Mission!"  So I finally got to see for myself, how great it was to have a birthday in the Mission - and it was!  It is a place that you feel the love of those serving with you and those that surround you in the Wards and Branches.  On my birthday the Office Elders planned some special things for me.  They got me a birthday cake, made me a card and even had some special food brought in from one of the Elder's home town, they got me a Mexican blouse and belt. Then to top it off they and other missionaries sang to me the Mexican Birthday song!  It was great to feel their love and kindness.
Office Elders and Me- from left; Elder Wilkins,
Elder Olvera, Elder Gramajo, Elder Piña,
Elder Gomez and Elder Anieves
The beautiful birthday cake!

The Office group - Gracias Elders!

The little feast