Sunday, November 15, 2009

As a Christmas gift for all the missionaries in the Mision Mexico Torreon, I took candid shots of all of them and put them on a CD with music. Here is a sampling of what the missionaries received as a souvenir of the mission. (this first one is for you Brother and Sister Meador. Doesn't he look great?! Sorry I'm so slow at updating.)
Elder Michael and his new companion, Elder Sandoval at Zone Conference in La Laguna
Elder Sorensen waiting patiently for interviews.

Elder Bensen and Elder Gutierrez

Elders Hernandez, Glauser, Morales, Pineda, Von Bracht and Marquez waiting for someone to unlock the gate to the chapel in Durango Mexico.

Elder Layland in front of the mission office

Elder Mann and Elder Ocampo at the mission home waiting for Elder Ocampo's final interview with the president before he returns home.

These elders are known for sharing their beautiful singing voices in whichever zone they are serving. Elder Moynihan, Turley, Robinson, and Osuna while in Estaca Torreon Jardin.

Elder Weyland and Elder Robb waiting for interviews in Estaca La Laguna Gomez Palacio

Elder Morris!

Elder Orme--there are none quite like him. Oh wait, he has a twin serving in South America!

Elder Tyler Stevens waiting in Zacatecas (he is also a twin)

Elder Jones joined us from Missouri this April and he definately has the "Show Me State" attitude. He is a missionary on fire!

Elder Atwood in the mission office

Elders Lopez Rueda and Limon are excited about the newly released Bible in Spanish.

Elder Trujillo is happy to finally get his conference edition Liahona.

Elders Hernandez Vergara and Roman shine their shoes while waiting.

Elder Williams accompanied his companion to the mission home in this big rig. Some members of their ward brought them and he just had to have his picture taken to prove it.

Elders Velazco, Miranda, and Ray enjoy lunch made by the Priests in the Fresnillo Stake at a mission preparation activity.
Elder Rodriguez Casas shows the Companionship Language Study manual that was introduced last summer. The Spanish-speaking missionaries have the opportunity to earn a certificate from BYU if they complete the course while on their missions. The program depends on the help of the American missionaries.
Zone leaders Noakes and Rincon go over an area book with Hermanas Lopez and Espinoza.

Elder Nelson in Zacatecas

Elder Galt is setting the example for his future missionary friend in front of the chapel in Villanueva.

Sr. Clark usually brings bananas to zone conferences for a snack. These elders are without ties in compliance with the request from the President of Mexico during the influenza epidemic last winter. The missionaries were a little uncomfortable with it at first but seemed to adjust.
Elders Calleja, Roman, Bautista, De La Cruz, and Ruiz Arretche.

A sunny day in Torreon--Elders Torgerson, Galt, and Miranda

Elders Zizumbo, Guevara, y Lopez Cortes

Elders Pacheco, Moynihan, Valencia, Velazco, and Kent

Elders Rincon, and Noakes

Elders Aguero and Rodriguez Cordova

Friday, November 13, 2009

Dia de los Muertos

In many Latin American countries, including Mexico, November 1 and 2 are days to honor the dead. Families gather to honor their ancestestors and create private alters decorated with sugar skulls, marigolds, and rememberences of their loved ones. November 1 is the Catholic holiday, All Saints Day, and November 2 is All Soul's Day. While in the US, Halloween on October 31 is a scary holiday, Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of loved ones who have gone to the next life. We were in Zacatecas and Durango during the week of these holidays so were able to witness many interesting displays. Here are a few photos of the shrines created to honor loved ones.

Friday, October 30, 2009

September 09 Changes

Our outgoing missionaries...
Back: Alvarado, Sheffield, Miranda,
Front: Hna. Marquez, Basilio, and Carmona. We miss them dearly.

Our New Missionaries...Elder Nava

Elder Juarez

Elder Diaz

Elder Jimenez

Elder Vargas

Elder Pedraza

Elder Torres and Elder Guzman returned at the end of August so that they could start school on time. Here they are posing at the airport on their final morning.

A visit from Elder and Sister Johnson

Elder and Sister Johnson, our new area president and wife, spent the first week in September with us touring our mission. We had an enjoyable time becoming acquainted and being with all of our missionaries for special zone conferences. Elder Johnson is a master teacher and asked the missionaries to come prepared with some thoughts on Article of Faith #4. We had great discussions in all of the zones and the missionaries really prepared well. Elder Johnson also presented a new way of approaching prospective members and it relies heavily on being worthy of the spirit. We have our work cut out for us as we try to incorporate this method and try to be worthy of the spirit at all times.
This is a view of a small park in front of the hotel in which we stayed in Zacatecas, Zacatecas. It's called the Mason de Jobito and was a very comfortable place. Zacatecas is a very beautiful colonial city and the Johnsons enjoyed seeing a bit of it.

A walkway within the hotel.

President Clark is always thinking---about missionaries!

Elder Daniel and Sr. LeAnn Johnson. She's originally from Sugar City, Idaho and he's from Chiuahuah, Mexico. They met at the "Frostop" drive-in in Ashton--the home town of President Clark. It's a small world after all.