Sunday, October 3, 2010

Mission President's Seminar in Merida, Mexico

Seminario de los Presidentes de Mision

Merida, September 6-10, 2010

The Area Presidency and the 23 Mission Presidents and their wives were invited to join together in Merida for the annual Mission President's Seminar. We spent 4 days in September meeting together to learn of the eight new lessons for missionaries and to practice the things we learned. It provided a way for us to "refuel our spiritual tanks" and to get new ideas to take back to our missions. We also enjoyed meeting the new presidents and becoming re-aquinted with those who had been here one or two years already. The conference took place in the beautiful Hotel Fiesta Americana in downtown Merida. The lobby of the hotel was beautiful!

Everyone enjoyed Pres. and Sr. Chavez and Pres. and Sr. Angulo enjy a meal together.

Old friends...(in more than one sense of the word). Srs. Rex, Heyn, Daisy Bratcher from the area office, Sr. Hansen and myself enjoy a little after dinner visiting.

Presidents Castenada y Saucedo and wives get acquainted. The Castenadas are from Gomez Palacio, Durango and were dear friends to us before they were called. Nicolas served as the Stake President of the Gomez Palacio Stake before being called to serve as the President of a new mission in Villahermosa.

Sr. Velasco gives me a big hug. She is so full of love and enthusiam for the work.

We got one day off to sight-see. Everyone traveled by bus to the ruins of Uxmal. It was fascinating and also very HOT. Afterward, we visited a museum in Merida.

Bruce and I in the courtyard of the "monjas".

Pyramids and structures can be seen in every direction. There are still many covered with dense jungle in the distance.

Our fearless leaders atop one of the pyramids we were allowed to climb.

Elder Benjamin De Hoyas, President Daniel Johnson, and Elder Octovio Tenario

An ancient pyramid!

Serpents were a common decoration.

Only iguanas live there now.

Basquing in the sun.

Back in Merida, President Clark met a "Dare" officer and had to have his photo taken with him as he served on the board of "McGruff and Dare" before coming on the mission. We sent this photo to the founder of the program to show her that her efforts to keep kids safe had spread to Mexico.

President Steven and Sr. Sherilyn Rex from Laketown, Idaho are serving in Puebla, Mexico

President Pete and Sr. JoElla Hansen from California are the presidents in Veracruz, Mexico

President and Sr. De La Cruz

They have family in Torreon and lived there before their missionary service.

President and Sr. Velasco

Our generation of wives...L to R: Hermanas Velasco, Hansen, Clark, De La Cruz, Rex, Nancollas, Heyn

The Presidents from our generation: L to R:Clark, Hansen, Velasco, Rex, Heyn, DeLaCruz, Nancollas

Our last time all together!

President Hansen and President Clark sharing ideas and frustrations.

Presidents Rex, Hansen, Heyn, and Clark
It was a great seminar and we will miss these fine people.

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