Wow, I really haven't been good about writing much lately and for that I apologize. However, today I am going to give you a rundown/reminder of my life here in Mexico. I'll try to explain a bit more about things and stuff and such and so forth. Está bien? Bueno.
Over a week ago I completed 21 months here in Mexico City. I would say that is a decent amount of time. I feel I have lived here for a lot longer. Lately I have been reflecting back on my first weeks or months here in Mexico and trying to remember how I felt and how I saw things then. It comes in pieces but eventually I get to the initial picture of how Mexico was for me then. That always fascinates me how quickly and drastic your perspective can change. It's like reading an amazing book for the first time. Everything is exciting and overwhelming and your just constantly 'feeling.' Sure you miss a LOT of details and you might get lost, but the emotions are so strong. Then you begin to reread it again and again hungry for those same feelings. But it's different now. It's normal and expected. However, it does bring greater depth and with time a greater love. Maybe with my 21 months here in Mexico I'm not as fascinated by the thousands of delicious taco and quesadilla stands, the enormity of the city and number of people, the fact literally EVERYONE speaks spanish, hearing venders and garbage men yell and ring their bells every minute of the day, or the fact everything comes with tortilla or salsa, there´s an army of aggressively-friendly drunks, even the candy has chile, and the some of the most spiritual experiences can be in the bathroom. Maybe all that remarkably seems all normal to me now. But, the depth and greatness of the love I have for this place has definitely grown. Instead of being shocked at the vast number of stray dogs, I think of the places I've been, the people I've met, and the incredible experiences I have had. Instead of thinking where am I? I thank God for making Mexico City my personal Holy Land.
The one thing that remains fascinating to me is the fact that I wear the name Jesus Christ on my chest. I'm a missionary! No. I'M A MISSIONARY IN MEXICO!!! If you thought I wanted to come to Mexico just to have fun, learn Spanish, get to know another culture, eat amazing food, or from obligation, you are deeply mistaken. I love my life and I am as happy as ever but my 'mission' is much more important than that. For these two years I am a representative of Jesus Christ called by a modern prophet. I am here in Mexico City to teach the restored gospel and invite all to come unto Christ. THAT IS WHAT I LOVE! THAT IS WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY! Sure the pambazos are great and reggaeton is cool and all but, COME ON PEOPLE, there are more important things than that.
So, everyday I wake up, we prepare for our day as a companionship then we hit the streets to start preaching. What exactly is 'preaching´ for us? Finding people to teach, teaching them the doctrine of Christ, and inviting them to act in faith and make sacred covenants with Him. It is not just like one of those 'pretty Bible messages' that pops up on your Facebook feed from time to time. Quoting Elder Holland in probably my favorite talk of all time,The First Great Commandment, ¨Ours is not a feeble message. It is not a fleeting task. It is not hapless; it is not hopeless; it is not to be consigned to the ash heap of history. It is the work of Almighty God, and it is to change the world.¨ I know that´s true. I will never remember my mission as just two great years of having fun in Mexico. It is and will also be remembered as a sacred time in my life, a HUGE perspective change that blessed me with greater and deeper love of my Savior, Jesus Christ.
Sure, in the far off, distant...nope even MORE distant future, I will come home and tell you all about the dogs, tacos, and crazy, funny, experiences I´ve had in CDMX. I'm still the crazzzzzy, easily kicked by horses, Carson. But expect plenty of talk about my real purpose here in Mexico. God lives, He loves you...I love you! Have an awesome week!
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