Monday, January 23, 2012

In Mexico, everyone buys their meat from these butcher shops where they hang all of the huge chunks of meat.

Here are some pictures I took this week

January 23rd, 2012

Hola Familia!!
         Hey everyone! I hope everything is going well back home, is it pretty cold in layton right now? Because its FLIPPIN HOT DOWN HERE IN MEXICO!!! haha the weathers actually not that bad here, its just really really humid right now, i always feel like im wet, but its all good. This week was great! On thursday we got to baptize Yared! it was awesome to see how the gospel is changing her life, there is a light in her eyes that was not there 3 weeks ago. It has been really fun teaching her. So this week, my companion tricked me into eating a tripa toco, that means that it has intestines of a cow inside it . . . it was gross, but it was pretty funny. And also this week, i got to take a shower with a bucket! haha! i guess the old missionaries in our apartment forgot to pay the water bill to our house, so the water got turned off for a day. So what we did was we got buckets of water from our nabors house and put a hot iron inside it to heat the water. It actually wasnt as bad as i thought it was going to be. Ok so here are answers to the questions mom sent me.
          1. We eat lunch at 2 with the members, but we dont have a lady cook for us. We do have a microwave and a little stove so you will never guess what i bought . . . CUP A NOODLES!!!!!!!!!!!!
          2. I dont really need anything right now, we have everything we need. but in a package in the next couple weeks it would be nice to have more of those chewable vitamin C containers, i have been eating those like crazy because i dont want to get sick.
          3. I have been told that packages take forever to get here. There are elders in my district that are just barely getting their christmas packages that their parents sent in like november. so i bet it takes about 2 months for packages to arrive.
          4. My feet are holding up great, im glad i did all that hiking before i left because we walk a ton here.
          5. Im not sure how fast letters get here, it probably takes about a month but im not sure.
          Well things out here in Mexico are great! I really do like being here. The language is getting pretty hard. i still cant understand alot of stuff and its kinda frustrating, but its nothing i cant handle. i will get it eventually. So has dad and chase climbed any sweet mountains yet while i have been gone? Cause if they do i want to hear about them!! One of the Elders from my district from the MTC (Elder Wilkinson) is serving in a part of the mission right now where he can see that huge mountain! i cant remember what its called but he said its a snow covered volcano. Anyways, i love you and miss you all a ton!! i will write you next week!
                                                                                             con amor, Elder Snow

Monday, January 16, 2012

Here are some pictures from this week. I hope you like em!!

That's a rat we killed in our apartment, Elder Meraz kicked it and i crushed its face with a shoe haha!



     HOLA FAMILIA!! That is awesome you all are reading the book of mormon so well!! Im not gonna lie, its one of my favorite books right now, that and the bible haha! Im glad to hear everything is well with all of you. I am really sorry to hear that grandpas sister passed away. Thats really sad, tell grandpa and grandma im really sorry. This week has been a blast out here in Mexico! On monday we got to go to a place called Tajin. Its an ancient city that is about 30 minutes from where i am serving. It was one of the coolest places i have ever been. There were so many cool looking pyramids and stuff! I was way happy i got to go. The coolest thing that happened this week though was watching 3 of our investigators get baptized. Maria got baptized on Saturday and Yadira and Aldo got baptized on Sunday. I got to baptize Yadira, It was a really cool experience. We also have an investigator named Yared that is getting baptized on the 21st, and 3 other investigators (Catiana, Neri, and Vincen) that have dates to be baptized on the 28th. Aldo is getting married in 2 or 3 weeks, and a year from Sunday him and his wife will be getting sealed, Elder Meraz and i will get to go, i cant wait! Its amazing to see how the church can change so many lives. Spanish is going ok i guess. Everyone speaks so fast that i cant really understand anything anyone is talking about. But i am learning alot. Its going to take me a long time to pick up the language, but i have faith i'll get it. And just so mom knows, I LOVE THE FOOD!!!!!!!! ITS AMAZING!!!!!!!!! Taco Time doesnt even come close haha! i will write you next week at around the same time. Pues tengo que irme, le quiero mucho! Hasta luego!
                                                                                                       Elder Snow

Monday, January 9, 2012

Coatzintla is my area for the next 3 months!

¡Hola Familia!
        Hey everybody! How are all of you!? My week has been pretty crazy, things have been going really good. I have my p day on mondays, so this is when i will be writing you. When i got to the mission home, i got to go out to dinner with the president, his wife, and there two kids, it was fun. Then i got to sleep with the zone leader in there room, there names are Elder Oiane, and Elder Frie. They are the zone leaders for the Poza Rica zone. On tuesday, i had a 4 and a half hour drive bus ride to Poza Rica, and then we had to drive to a town called Coatzintla. Coatzintla is my area is for the next 3 months. When we got there, i met my companion, Elder Meraz. He is a native, but he lived in the United States for 3 months so he does speak a little bit of english. He has only been in the mission for 3 months, but he is an awesome Elder and i am looking forward to having him as my trainer. I think i worked harder this week then i ever have in my entire life. Every morning we get up, exercize, get ready and be ready for study by 8, have personal study for an hour, have companion study for 2 hours, and then from 11 to 9 we are out teaching with a 1 hour break for lunch at 2. In the Coatzintla area, there are so many people to teach that we dont have enough hours in the day to teach everyone. In the 6 days i have been here, we have taught around 40 lessons. Its awesome! we have about 8 progressing investigators. We had 5 of them come to church with us on sunday, we confermed two new members that got baptized last week, and 4 of our progressing investigators have baptism dates for this week on the 14th! the investigators who have baptism dates names are Yadira, Cecilia, Yaret, and Aldo. It has been really fun to teach them. The people of Coatzintla are very humble. There are people here, that have next to nothing. I have never been to a place before that has been as poor and humble as this. A few of the houses have dirt floors. but most have cement floors and cement walls, with metal sheets for shingles that make a roof. Some of the houses that we go teach in, are the same size or smaller then my room at home, but most are about the size mom and dads bedroom with there bathroom. It is extremely humbling to see how alot of these people live. The house that me and my companion live in is pretty small, but its pretty nice, it has a real roof! its good. My companion said that the water that we shower in comes strait from a river here. He said that when it rains and we take a shower the water is a chocolate color, but i didnt believe him. Well it rained a little on thursday . . . and sure enough he was right haha! but its all good. I love it out here and im having a blast!  I will write you next monday! ¡Nos Vemos!
                                                                              Elder Snow

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Arrived Safe! First Area " Poza Rica "

January 3, 2012 
9:09 AM (1 hour ago)

Hola Familia!
        Im writing you this email to let you know that i have arrived in the Veracruz Mexico Mission safely. The weather is fantastic here! The mission president and his wife came and picked me up at the airport, they are really nice. Sorry but i have to keep this email short, they told me just to get on for 5 minutes and tell you im safe. I will be leaving for my first area later today in Poza Rica to meet my first companion. Im way excited and happy to be here. I will email you a long email soon.
                                                             Con amor, Elder Snow