I am so sorry that I haven't updated you all on what has been happening here in good ole Mexico City. Life has just been so crazy! We went to center and a tour bus one week, the next Teotihuacan and last week we went souvenir shopping. Pure maddness. I think in order to bring everyone back up to speed I'll bring back The List. Okay? Okay.
1) It's almost Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. Literally one of my favorite times of year. Especially since they sell Pan del Muerto and I've been craving/eating a ton. Just ask Elder Turnbull. I literally tell him every second that I want Pan del Muerto and I think he wants to kill me. But being the wonderful candadian that he is he has been very patient. I did get my fix today though by eating a delicious, chocolate-filled Pan del Muerto so I'm all smiles and sugar.
2) I can't imagine life without putting salsa Valentina on my chips and popcorn #TrueMexican
3) One of our investigators has an adorable 10-month-old little girl and she is always laughing and playing with us. I call her 'Squirmy' and her parents love it so now they call her Squirmy, too. Probably one of the first successful nicknames I've given. Tears of joy.
4) Our zone has had a crazy amount of health issues. The weirdest one by far is that 3 Hermanas in this zone have had appendicitis and have had surgery. THREE WITHIN THE LAST 2 MONTHS OR SO! Basically, DON'T DRINK THE WATER!
5) Haven't ever mentioned this my entire mission, but sweetened condensed milk here is basically like Mexican syrup. They put it on a lot of stuff and sell it everywhere not as a baking ingredient but a condiment. All those years of begging my mother to lick the can after she made carmel popcorn having finally come to an end. Just another reasons why I might not leave Mexico, the promised land for a sweet tooth like me.
6) I officially have 15 months now...halp.
7) Elder Turnbull is corrupting my mind with the Canandian language. It is now on the record that I have said, 'washroom.'
8) Saturday we went to a folk dance performance at the temple as a ward. It was super cool and I may switch my career interest in being a professional Mexican folk dancers. I think it would suit me well. Plus, I got to see a lot of fellow missionary friends and some converts from my first area! Wins all around.
9) I spoke in church yesterday without using a Disney reference. I was asked to speak on the Plan of Salvation and was tempted to quote 'The Circle of Life' lyrics from the Lion King, but I felt it wasn't the right time.
I did use President Uchtdorf´s talk 'O How Great the Plan of Our God' from the Saturday morning session of conference this year ( https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2016/10/o-how-great-the-plan-of-our-god?lang=eng ). One part in particular I want you all to think and reflect on is this:
''Think of how you felt when for the first time you believed and understood that you are truly a child of God; that Jesus Christ willingly suffered for yoursins so that you may be clean again; that priesthood power is real and can bind you to your loved ones for time and for all eternity; that there is a living prophet on the earth today.''
It is a reflexive journey that is bound to make you remember and feel the love and light the Lord has brought into your life. If you find that you have never experimented the power of these incredible truth I suggest searching. You have nothing to lose and an eternity of blessing to gain. (Start with the talk).
Well, hopefully you feel good and updated. I love you all! Find yourself a good ole can of sweetened condensed milk and drizzle that goodness all over your next batch of pancakes. Okay? Okay.
con amor y Lechera,
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