It is hard to know what to share. My audience is increasing and varied!! This blog started out as a way to keep in touch with interested friends and extended family without needing to write individually to everyone. Since it's initial beginning, however, I have been told by many of our elders that their Moms have found this site and are enjoying it. WELCOME!! I am glad to have you here, catching a glimpse of the Puebla North Mission. I have not purposefully tried to keep you from viewing this, but didn't quite know how to spread the word, once the site was created. Also, as our missionaries now leave to go home, we are telling them about a face book page that we have created just for them, so they can keep in touch with each other. On that page, we have posted this site so they can come here, also, if they want. Because this information is given to "salientes", many of our Latin speaking elders cannot read what I am writing. So, hopefully, if I have enough pictures, they can enjoy this site as well! So, to missionaries, parents of missionaries, friends, and family members...feel free to view what is of interest to you, and leave the rest for another viewer!! And, to all...may you know of our love for this wonderful opportunity that we are having. May we help those, searching for truth and happiness, find it in the gospel and teachings of Jesus Christ. And...as we labor and work hard in this work, may you know that we are, also, having a lot of fun along the way! It is a privilege to rub shoulders with these great missionaries who have been called to the Mexico Puebla North Mission! It is our greatest joy to spend lots of time with them!! Thank you to any of you responsible for raising these wonderful, young people!
OH...THE THINGS YOU CAN SEE...JUST A REMINDER THAT WE ARE IN MEXICO!
|Homemade pottery everywhere!|
|LOTS OF little churches EVERYWHERE you go!!|
|Waiting on the side of the road for his owner to take care of business in town!|
|To market! To market!|
|We were driving on a main highway and had to come to a stop to wait for these people to cross the street in front of us!|
|PYRAMIDS, PYRAMIDS...EVERYWHERE YOU GO!!!|
Enjoying the pyramids with our children when they come to visit!
Here, we are sitting on the Pyramid of the Moon, with the Pyramid of the Sun in the distance!
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MISSIONARIES!
|OUR LATIN AMERICAN NUEVOS!|
|Our American Nuevos!|
SAYING GOODBYE TO OUR MOST RECENT SALIENTES!
|GREAT MISSIONARIES! WE WILL MISS THEM!!|
|Taking turns ironing a shirt for their trip home to see their families after TWO years!|
THE THINGS GOING ON IN THE MISSION!
Once a quarter, we have Zone Conferences. Because we only have 124 missionaries right now, we are able to divide our zones into 6 zones. At each zone conference, I feed these hungry missionaries. This is a glimpse at our last conference while they were all eating. It takes a little bit of creativity as we usually have no refrigerator, OFTEN no oven or stove, but always a sink in a church kitchen! So, I have LOTS of crockpots, a few large coolers, and thank goodness for Costco!!! If anyone wants to recommend a menu for next zone conference, keeping my constraints in mind...I'd LOVE your thoughts!! Thank you!! For those of you who have missionary children, you might see he/her in one of these photos! I took random shots at each conference as they ate, but I KNOW I was unable to capture them all!
|Some of the missionaries who showed up before one of the zone conferences began were so good to offer to help me in one of the church kitchens. Aren't they great?!!!|
|Our 5 other sweet missionary sisters!|
We do lots of eating at our home, also. We have Zone leader councils (the leaders of each zone) who meet with us once a month for training. I feed them breakfast and a big meal at the end of the day. We also have transfers. The new missionaries stay at our home. The Americans sleep at our home and spend the next day with us. The Latin Americans come in in the morning from Mexico City and spend only a day for their orientation. So, for each of those trainings, they also get breakfast and a big meal later in the day. Below are some random eating shots that make it all worth the effort to prepare the food! We feed HUNGRY AND APPRECIATIVE missionaries!
|Enjoying hot dogs and hamburgers...American style!|
|A close up view!|
ALWAYS WILLING TO HELP!!!
|I can't take all the credit for the cooking! Here are our office secretaries grilling hamburgers and hot dogs at the Zone Leaders Council. The missionaries are always so willing to offer and to help in anyway that I need them!|
|One of our assistants drying the dishes!|
|When we're helping, we're happy! This Zone Leader is ALWAYS willing to help!|
|One of our assistants stripping the beds after a good night's sleep for the nuevos!|
REMEMBERING THE ONE!
|Excited about new missionaries coming!|
|Feeling overworked, perhaps?|
Here they are, at it AGAIN!!! We have 17 new missionaries, both Americans and Latin Americans coming in next week! This is my husband and his two assistants looking at the transfer board that has a picture and information about EACH missionary in our mission and where they live at the moment and who their companions are! They and I need to determine who will train the new missionaries and who will go where! It is quite the process! Pizza on the desk to help us work a little better!
I'll be back in 6-7 weeks...HOPEFULLY! Hasta Luego!