Guadalajara City Life!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Well this week sure was different! I wouldn't say it was terrible, just busy! I only had the chance to do my personal study 2 times this week. The rest of the week we were in downtown Guadalajara (early early) fixing stuff with visas and other stuff. I get to drive!!!! And driving an 18 passenger van downtown in the 2nd biggest city in Mexico is quite the adventure. I have never been more scared in my life! Nobody is nice when driving here. You have to fight for your life - no laws, no speed limits! The only thing they have to limit us is speed bumps in almost every street. It did though feel nice to drive again, it has been 9 months! I like Guadalajara alot! There is more diversity here. I also saw the first black man in 9 months, oh and the chinese restaurants have real chinese people working there! The area has been asleep for a while and the area book is almost empty. I talked to the members and I guess the other elders here didn't really do anything, but we have been talking alot with the ward offering to do service and they all changed their attitude about the missionary work super fast! I know that this area will have success! Elder Gonzalez is a nice guy, still is super shy but is learning  a lot. He talks way funny! You can tell from the words he uses he is from the border. for example the other day he said ´´¿¿Elder Roberts, se farteĆ³?? I laughed alot. Oh ya the president sent a missionary home so a few changes were made and I guess I have 2 companions. They are the same age in the mission -a little over 3 months old. It is going to be a challenge in the field but I guess it will be better in the oficinas. I have faith it will work out. We have been contacting alot, asking for alot of referencias and I have a feeling soon we will start to see the fruits of our works. Our district has set goals for contacts and lessons with members, and these goals usually didn't apply to those elders in the officinas, but I want to change that. We are going to accomplish all those goals. I have a ton of work to do in the field and in the offices! I have never had this stress before but I know that it will all be fine and all will work out with the help of the Lord. 

In the City!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Thats right, I had to leave my little town of Xalisco. It was a sad day! Elder Esquivel and I had some great times, (mos defs one of my favorite comps). But I had to leave my lamanite brother. I know that he will do work in Xalisco with his new kid. I said my goodbyes to the members, one of them Hermana Ponce, who is like 80 years old and she is like a Mexican Zona!!!! She was great and always spoke her mind about people and it didn't matter how brutal it was. But she started to cry when I left - it was some rough stuff. Well I got my changes and I was a little surprised. I got called to be one of the President's secretaries. This means I work the mornings in the offices, doing stuff for the President and then after comida I go to my area. It is a ton of work, and I dont have time to do anything for myself anymore haha. I actually haven't eaten a real dinner this week - or breakfast! We just barely had time to go to the store to buy our food. Oh yeah- we don't have p-days. But we have a guayaba tree out front so I just ate those all week and it worked out great. Ok it sounds a little rough but we have some upsides to being here. I get to drive!!!! It's dead center in downtown Guadalajara so it is awesome!!! I have a nice house and the offices have a full kitchen!!! I'm happy. My companion is pretty cool. He is from Monterey and I am his 2nd companion in the field. He doesn't have a lot of experience and he is kind of shy, but he has a strong testimony and he is ready to learn!!! Our area has been a little neglected for  a while. I arrived and we had 2 investigators. We have a ton of finding to do! I have heard a lot of bad things about this area but I don't believe this area could be dead - it's the city!!!! There are millions of people here! For sure there is escogidos here!!!! We have 3 hours less than everyone else but I know that if I work my hardest the Lord will make up for the rest. I'm in the offices so I got my packages from the post office myself! And by the way, thank you very much!!!! These shoes are awesome! The candy is great too! I was extremely happy!  I am back in Guadalajara and I am back to having to turn down the ¨Kiss Hellos¨.