A recent email from our Area Presidency requested that missionaries serving in Mexico, discontinue the wearing of ties from Wednesday, May 6 until Monday, May 11. This comes after the Commissioner of Health in Mexico determined that ties may be harboring germs that could spread the influenza virus that has been a problem in Mexico. We called the Assistants, they called the Zone Leaders, and they called the missionaries. The most common reaction: "Are you joking?" Thursday morning we arrived at the Durango Del Valle Stake Center to find many missionaries feeling a bit undressed without their ties. Some covered up their necks when they saw us and felt embarrassed about their obvious tan lines above the collar area. It was so interesting and comical. I took a few photos to prove that this actually happened. We all felt a bit casual but enjoyed the day and received inspiration from the conference. Sr. Clark suggested they could use this as a missionary tool as they were going to have people notice and ask them about the change. They could share the message that we believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law. Maybe we'll get a few teaching opportunities out of this situation.
Here are a few photos of some of our missionaries in Durango enjoying their "no tie" zone conference snacks.
Elders Calleja, Roman, Bautista, Galeana, De La Cruz, y Ruiz
Elders Packard, Clark, and Libby, model their tan lines!
Elders Dishman, Packard, Kent, and Spencer enjoy their bananas.