Mother's Day, an opportunity to work with Elder Gardner again and getting to know the Mission and missionaries better...
Well, I'm still recovering from the awesome talk I had with my beautiful mother and fam yesterday for Mother's Day. Everyone is happy and healthy and it felt like I was just home! It´s weird, that was the LAST video call home that I will have here in the mission. That's it! They're all done! Breath. Good thing is that there is just too much stuff to do here in Mexico.
This week we did a lot of running around. Divisions, 'site-seeing,' and more divisions. On Tuesday, the three of us made our way out to Texcoco, the furthest area in our mission. It is HUGE. There's a bigger-ish downtown where the church is and the elders live. Then, there are around 20 different little pueblitos all around. It requires a lot of travel and careful planning to work this area. Luckily, Texcoco has one of the best elders in the entire mission. Mi amigo, Elder Gardner!!!!! Gardner is training an awesome new elder and they are working like crazy out there. We planned to do divisions with almost all the new missionaries this cycle. Fortunately for me, I finally got to work with my dear friend. We always wanted to be comps after we had parted ways arriving to the mission field from the CCM. However, Gardner is heading for his last change and it seems like that was never meant to happen. Still, it was an incredible day working shoulder to shoulder with such an awesome person. He has been and will always be such a great example for me and I am so blessed to have been able to share at least 1 day here in the mission field with him. It was also so incredible to get to know Texcoco. It has a completely different feel with it's large open fields and farms, goats, sheep, and PLENTY of cactus. Although I didn't get to try the famous Texcoco barbacoa, it turned out to be a great day. Happy and exhausted, we headed off for home the next day.
Wednesday, 10th of May is Mother's Day here in Mexico. We worked until the night and then headed to the mission offices so that my companions could talk to their mamás. They were happy and I was happy to see them happy. I introduced myself as the awkward gringo then slipped out so that they could enjoy their special time together. Staying in the offices was also perfect because we were closer to Downtown and we changed our Pday to Thursday to site-see. All of the museums are closed on Mondays so changing our Pday made it possible to visit the world famous Museum of Anthropology here in Mexico City. It was so big and breathtaking. So many rooms and so many exhibits. Mexico truly is such an amazing country with such vast and rich culture and history. I loved it and we barely scratched the surface. I will definitely have to come back and finish what I started. Elder Arroyo and I were all in but museums are not Elder Ibarra's cup o' tea. He was a happy camper like always, but you could tell he was pretty tired and ready to go by the end. All in all, it was an amazing experience.
All the running around made me pretty exhausted but I knew I wasn't done. It was my turn to do a solo division in my old area Villada on Friday. I first arrived in good ole Villada in June of last year! Basically ONE WHOLE YEAR! *shivers* They were great divisions and I got to see a lot of awesome people that I love and plenty of new faces which makes me happy to know that the ward is growing and progressing. Plus, I got to eat Villada's famous tamales in the morning. Nothing beats a delicious blackberry and cream cheese tamal...
So plenty of maddness to go around and thinking forward to the next cycle which starts next week, it is about to get a whole lot crazier. Bring it on.
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