MEXICO VILLAHERMOSA MISSION -- JULY 2012 - 2014
"Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life." 2 Nephi 31:20

Monday, December 3, 2012

Change is Change

Here I am still on the island. It has been interesting. From the looks of how things are playing out, I could realistically stay here on the island (my first area) for 7.5 months. From what President has voiced of his plans at least. So, while that is neat, it seems like a long time. But not as long as those 9 weeks in the MTC did at first, so all will go on and go well. 

Elder Pack is here on the island with me now and he is enjoying it. I'm keeping him safe, so don't worry. The English comes in handy when we get in some awkward situations when we can't let the people around us know what is going on. Island life is safe, you just gotta keep your eye out. It is rough teaching the area to someone else, I just got tired out quicker and quicker each day. But, it was amazing how much success we were able to have. I dragged him around the island and thankfully his 21 months of experience were able to carry us through the lessons. 

We have been running around a lot today, and we have got a full load ahead of us. So I'll be off and talk to ya next week.

Love,
Elder Andrews

P.S. About Mexican customs, December 12th in the day of the Virgen Guadelupe. Happy Birthday, mother! We'll be in Villahermosa that day for a Christmas reunion as a mission seeing we won't be very productive working.

Notes:

"President" refers to "Mission President." Caleb's mission president is President Castañeda.

It is common for missionaries to plan other events, such as mission reunions, when local celebrations would prevent them from being productive. I am not sure if Caleb is using reunion in the English or Spanish sense. In Spanish "reunión" means "meeting."

Caleb used the Spanish word for virgin (virgen) in reference to the Virgin of Guadalupe. In Spanish, this would be  "El día de la Virgen de Guadalupe" or "El día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe" (The day of our Lady of Guadalupe).

So long, Elder Andrade!

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