Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Week 97 - Fireworks! (Mexico Independence Day), Baptismal Challenge & A Moutain Hike

Elder Tribett and Elder Jensen heading home!
Sep 20, 2016

Hola Amigos y Familiares,

I just had to say that to prove that I have learned some Spanish in the months I've been here! It´s coming along!

This was a FULL week! Lot´s of fun things have happened!

On Thursday night it was Mexico´s independence day (well, the night before is when they celebrate it) so that was exciting! Around where we live the people do something we do on Independence Day...FIREWORKS! They like them a LOT! But they are the bomb kind...and actually they shoot them off year round in this colony when they celebrate a saint or some special day...EVERYONE was lighting off fireworks! As I was walking down the street in divisions we saw a mom with two children. One of them was stooped down and he had a bunch of little fireworks and was putting all the wicks in the middle to light them all. He could not have been older than 2 years old because he looked up at his mom who was holding a little baby and said something but he was so little he COULDN'T EVEN TALK! And he lit the fireworks! Gotta get em started off young! Mom, I was like that a little bit too, right?

On Friday we took Elder Tribett and Elder Jensen to the airport! It was really sad to see them go but they have been great missionaries and I know that they will keep up the good work at home!

On Saturday the Stake President came with us to visit Estela! She is so great. She has over a year listening to the missionaries (I was teaching her when I was here over a year ago!) but she still hasn't been baptized...actually, she has finished the Book of Mormon! It´s baptism time. We invited her to be baptized on Saturday and she is still not sure about it but we will see what we can do! She still hasn't accepted but she will be having her baptismal interview on Friday so please pray that that all works out!

Sunday was an eventful day! We were in Principles of the Gospel and I got a phone call that one of the Senior missionaries needed to go to the Hospital! We ran up the office building and found him with his wife. He was delirious and throwing up, but thanks to President De La Peña (1st Counselor in the Mission Presidency) we were able to get him to a Hospital as fast as we could. He was in critical care for a few hours and my companion and I slept there with him at the Hospital so his wife could get some rest! The good news is he is doing a lot better and is still in the hospital but recovering very well. There´s just never a dull moment in the mission!

Trip to the "hills" above Mexico City
Today we went to the furthest part of the mission (which isn't that far for our small mission!) and climbed this AWESOME hill! There is a giant cross on top and it has a great view! It felt good to get some fresh(ish) air up there with all those trees and cactus! I felt right at home!

Things have been going very well and we have been busy as every with my companion in his last couple of weeks of his mission!

I love you all and hope you are doing well! Thank you for all the wonderful emails! 


Elder Davies

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