I was able to visit the Mexico City Temple today, the temple is under construction,
but we were able to tour the visitor center.
All is well here in Mexico. lots of rain and thunder. this place is amazing. although it seems as though i have been here for years, it is slowly getting faster. the Spanish is getting easier. i can hold a conversasion with the natives. and i have started using some spanglish words instead of English. my english is not doing so well. my grammar and spelling is going downhill. my spanglish is perfect, but i still need to work on spanish. the water fight sounds like it was a blast. for the fourth of july, they decorated all the comedor, or the cafeteria, and we had pork sandwhiches, french fries, coleslaw, and lots of watemelon. we also sang the national anthem. it was really cool.
Elder Root and I are teaching two ´´investigators´´. it is hard with the spanish because i know what to say in English but i dont know how to translate most of it. but i have learned not to worry so much about the language because the Spirit teaches in all languages. as long as we can have the spirit, the investigator will learn more than what we can ever teach them.
I love the people here. they are so nice and courteous. we have two teachers, Hermano Martinez and Hermano Lara. they are both amazing people and have taught us a lot. there is another teacher that our district has come to love. he is the funniest person ever. it is so nice to have your spirits lifted from laughter.
saturday was very spiritual. hermano martinez shared a video with us about using the atonement as a missionary. Elder Holland and Elder Erying talked about receiving strength through the atonement to push beyond your physcial abilities. it was amazing, you can find it on youtube. then Hermano Martinez shared his testimony about always working even though you are tired and deserve rest. It was never easy for Christ, it wont be easy for us. but if we allow Christ to help us, then the trials and challenges will be much easier. we started our 24 hour fast after lunch. even though it was difficult. the fast was a spiritual booster.
sunday, we watched an older devotional from Jeffrey R. Holland. it was amazing. he talked about Peter and the twelve apostles after Jesus death. how they went back to fishing and christ appeared to them after they fished all night without any catch. ( i believe it is the last chapter of John). he compared it to missionaries coming home and falling away from the church. once we are called ( like peter) we can never go back to our old habits or life. if we love christ, then we must continue to feed his sheep. that night, we watched Joseph smith, the restoration. it was so awesome and the spirit was strong. it helped to increase my testimony of Joseph Smith and the restoration.
today we visited the Mexico City temple. it is beautiful. although the temple is closed for construction, we visited the visitor center. also driving through mexico city was a treat. there are so many people and so much poverty. i am so glad to live in the US were everything is clean and there is order. the streets of mexico are crazy. i would never drive there for a million $.
i love being here serving the Lord. although it is hard. my testimony has been strengthen and i have made new friends. i hope everyone can experience a mission at some point in their life. not only does it teach you spiritual things, but you learn so much more that will be important in your life. i love the Book of Mormon and know that it is true. i invite all to read it and experience for themselves the power of the Book of Mormon. Alma 5: 45-46...
All the Elders in my district
Elders Hammond, Zentz, Hughes and Root....roommates.
Elders' Zentz and Hammond took Elder Roots' bed and put it on top of my and
then switched closets and desks.
Elder Kartvord flying from Las Vegas to Pheonix to meet up with other
missionaries to continue on to Mexico City.
"I hope everyone can experience a mission at some point in their life. Not only does it teach you spiritual things, but you learn so much more that will be important in your life. I love the Book of Mormon and know that it is true. I invite all to read it and experience for themselves, the power of the Book of Mormon. Alma 5: 45-46..."