Mexico City Temple

Mexico City Temple

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Beet Juice...[Aug. 24, 2015]

Today for the first time I had beet juice mixed with orange juice and it has a very strong taste. I honestly have no clue how to describe it so I'll just leave it at that.

Apart from that, we tried out a pizza árabe that we made from taking a dominos cheese pizza and we put meat for tacos árabes on it. It tasted much better than I thought it would.

Tuesday we had a special conference with a doctor that supervises the medical care of missionaries here in México or something like that. He talked a lot of how we can maintain our health here in the mission and avoid getting sick.

Wednesday I had divisions with my MTC companion who is in my district that went fairly well.

Saturday and Sunday we had Stake Conference. We had a good amount of investigators at the Sunday session, even though it was a lot of work getting them there. I feel like they had a good experience and that they are even more ready to keep going. At the end of the day, all of our efforts seem to be worth it. I know that at times missionary life can be a bit stressful, but that is all part of what we need to learn to be able to grow.

Hope you have a great week!
élder Seymour.

Pizza Árabe!!!

Of course, the end of the rainbow is
in the sister's área... should have known.

Double rainbow all across the sky.
What does it mean?

Some sort of beetle that had found
 its way into the chapel.
I honestly had no clue they could get so big.

I started to count from when I go home
so I have 5 months left... :(

Igloo shaped sauna that the
prehispanics used to bathe.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Four in the morning...[Aug. 17, 2015]

This week the family that we are teaching in Tepatlaxco went to church, but it was a bit of a battle. In the lesson that we had Tuesday(that took a while to remember), we told them that it was possible that we would go to church with them Sunday and we asked them if they wanted to go. They replied that they did and that started the planning of how we would get them there. It was slightly difficult, but thanks to a dedicated ward mission leader who drove us there at 5:30 in the morning, we were able to pull it off, though we had to wake up at 4am to be ready on time.

We were incredibly surprised to arrive there to find out that they were all ready to leave even though it was so early in the morning. We took a photo in the car as we were going and I put it here... it should be below. We got to the chapel about an hour early, so we decided to do a tour of everything there and we also showed them how to sing hymns and everything. The great thing about them getting there earlier than the members is that they met the majority of them as they came in.

At the end of church, they seemed really happy and wanted to come every week even though it will be a bit difficult with money problems and all. The ward got really excited in ward counsel and it seemed like everyone now wants to go to Tepatlaxco with us. I guess I can't complain about that.

Apart from that, the sisters in our ward had 2 baptisms this week that were fairly unplanned much beforehand. We were also going to have one, but we were still missing some commandments when we were going to have the interview. I was thinking that we should just continue on with the interview anyway because I felt like she was ready and everything, but my companion told me like he felt like it wasn't a good idea. I pondered on it a little bit and it just felt wrong. We decided that it would be better to put off the baptism for 2 weeks due to stake conference that we have this coming week. Probably one of the most important things we can due in missionary work is to follow the spirit to know what God wants us to do.

Well, I am out of time, so I'll talk to you next week.
élder Seymour.

Family and us in the car on the way to church

Zone leader after a planning meeting
Elder de Jesus with a member's rotweiller
Comp eating starfruit
Comp getting a haircut
Drugged cat graffitti
Fruit drink we make
Last photo with the Zimmermans before they left
New camera case

 Elder de Jesus with me and my comp

My worn out shirt

Argentine cookie the Brazilian elder brought that tasted good!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Starfruit...[Aug. 10, 2015]

Well, this week we again visited our family that lives in Tepatlaxco. It went pretty well and the father was there this time so that was a bonus. At the end of the lesson they asked if we wanted water and ended up giving us a starfruit water. I was really surprised because that was the first time I had ever even seen starfruit in the mission. They also gave us a bag full of starfruit so we could make some in the house. It was quite delicious. I liked it so much that I bought some guava and more starfruit so we could combine them in water this week. And this is why I love México. I feel a little bad that I can't put photos up... my memory card has a virus on it again and I'll have to find a way to take it off in these weeks.

Our young investigator committed to a baptismal date last week, but this week when we talked to him about it he totally backed off. It can be a little difficult and frustrating when we are so sure about things and in a moment they completely change. I still feel like he will get baptized while I am here, but it is going to be difficult.

We are also starting to find investigators in ways that I didn't even imagine before. It seems as if the Lord is drawing these people to us without us even having to look that hard. Someone yells at us in the street and asks to learn more, or we decide to talk to some women sitting outside and we talk with them as we wait for an investigator to open the door even though they don't look too interested and they accept the invitation to listen. I've learned a lot that the Lord can do this work a lot better than we can and is willing to help us if we want Him to.

Anyways, I hope you have a great week. Saludos to Josh Bailey who is returning from the mission this week.
élder Seymour.

Monday, August 3, 2015

The energy to keep going on...[July 27, 2015]

Well, Last Monday after writing you I had an interview with President Nelson... actually, it was the first one. I talked with him a little about what was happening in the area and how it was going in training. I asked him what was the most difficult thing so far and he said interviews. I imagine it would be really hard picking up a mission when everything has to keep going on as it was before.

Tuesday we went to the Pueblo called Tepatlaxco by ourselves. We taught a family that we talked to on the street the other day. We had to be a little persistent at first to get in, but it went really well. We introduced the Book of Mormon and testified of it and they asked us where they could buy it. We gave it to them and they promised they would read it. I am really hopeful for this lesson tomorrow.

Apart from that it has been a lot of running around and not finding much, we have been working a lot on trying to become better and finding everyone that we will be allowed to find, but it has been really difficult. I felt impressed that I needed to have a fast so we would be able to have the hope and energy and excitement that the work deserves. It was really strange that as I was fasting and when we went to church, I was really hungry and thirsty, but I felt some strange sort of hope. I felt the help that we need to be successful. Even though there is so much that we need to improve, if we have the desire and strength to do it, the Lord will help us reach a potential that we by other means would have completely given up on. I know that the Lord wants us to be happy and is willing to help us to be so, no matter the circumstance that we may be in.

Anyways, I hope you have a great week. This computer won't accept my cameras memory card, so I can't send any of my photos :(

élder Seymour.