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.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mission President's Seminar

Mission President's Seminar
August 2009--Mexico City, Mexico
In August of 2009 we had the opportunity to attend the annual Mission President's seminar in Mexico City. In attendance were all 21 of the Mission Presidents serving in Mexico. Conducting the seminar was our new Area President, Elder Daniel Johnson and his counselors Elder De Hoyas and Elder Tenorio. Presiding were Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Walter Gonzalez of the Seventy. It was a spiritual feast and a great time to meet the new presidents and their wives and feel of their enthusiasm for the work.
We took a short walk from our hotel to watch the Voladores de Papantla in Chapultepec Parque.
Here they are flying!

We had the privilege of attending the Temple in Mexico City and then posed for a group picture
in the Visitor's Center. Here is a photo of our new area presidency with Elders Christofferson and Gonzalez with their wives. (Hna. Gonzalez was not present)

We had an afternoon to be tourists while there. Our choice was to visit the famous Museo Nacional de Antrophogia and then tour the downtown area by tour bus. It was all very interesting and beautiful.

Bruce shares his passion for running with this statue of one of the famous Tarahumara Indians who are famous for having the stamina to run for very long distances.

Mexico City was designed by Napoleon and patterned after Paris with large boulevards and lots of beautiful statues.

Angel de La Independencia

La bandera de Mexico

We celebrated our 36th anniversary with a beautiful cake and well wishes presented to us by the other presidents at lunch on our final day.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Hermana Clark, President Clark, and Elder Walter F. Gonzalez of the Seventy.