Mission Detail

The church has been in the Monterrey Area since 1922 but as you can imagine if you know the history of Mexico, the first 20 years were rocky. Religious persecutions of all kinds took place beginning in the late 1920′s. It wasn’t until the 1950′s that the first district was organized here. Our actual mission, the Mexico Monterrey West Mission was formed in 1994.

Our mission consists of twelve stakes and two districts. In Monterrey, which is in the state of Nuevo Leon, the mission includes six stakes. The rest of the stakes are in the state of Coahuila. Three stakes are in Saltillo. Two stakes are in Monclova. Piedras Negras has one stake with the two districts about an hour away from it to the south Nueva Rosita and to the northwest Acuña. Both Acuña and Piedras Negras are border towns with Texas.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Plumber


Winter is here or that's what the people are telling me.. The weather is just crazy different one day like yesterday is like 95 and then theres days like today where its probably a good 60. So basically everyday is completely different! That's always nice because the food here doesn't vary much. Basically beans rice tortillas and some weird kind of meat for every meal. 

We finally got out boiler hooked up this week! I guess the added cold weather gave us a little more of an incentive! Hot showers are pretty amazing. After 2 months of risking hypothermia every time I get into the shower it was pretty weird taking my time and just relaxing. 

This Sunday was daylight savings.We knew it was daylight savings and we thought we were so on top of it until Sunday morning we knocked on a nonactive members door to bring them to church at what we thought was 930. We were a little surprised when she came out grumbling why we came at 730. Yeah we changed our clocks the wrong way. So we woke up at 4 instead of 6. Since walking to our house and back would have taken a good hour we decided to study in a nearby park for two hours as we waited for the rest of the world to wake up. We felt pretty stupid after that. Luckily she wasn't too mad at us! 

Later on that Sunday at about 7 we went to the church to go to the bathroom. Nobody was there but us. When I went to flush the yurnal all the sudden the pipe started shooting water straight up into the ceiling! I honestly felt like I was in a movie like that never happens! I tried to fix it but then the whole pipe just fell off and the water started shooting straight out and into the other wall! We had no idea what to do! We panicked a bit and ran around the building to find the main shutoff valve. We had no idea where it was so we ended up calling the bishop and he said he had to shut it off and he was on his way. We ran around a little more and tried to fix it again. I grabbed the pipe and somehow managed to put it back into the wall and the water stopped. Just about this time the bishop pulled up to two soaking wet missionaries and water soaked bathroom. We shut off the water main and mopped up as best as we could. Luckily in Mexico everything is cement so nothing got ruined. The bishop told us that it had happened earlier that week as well but hadn't had the time to fix it yet so that made me feel a little better that it wasn't really my fault! But I don't think Ill forget that 20 minutes of panic for a couple years! It was a solid movie moment!

It was Elder Robinson's birthday this week so that was pretty exciting! Well as exciting as it can be on your mission! We went to go pick up a member to bring to a lesson named Juan Pablo. Hes 21 and served in Tampico Mexico for 6 months but came home early. So he knows a little English but not much. When he found out it was Elder Robinson's birthday he wanted to go out to a restaurant and celebrate when we told he we cant we need to work he looked up at elder Robinson and said with really strong accent Grow some balls Elder. It was pretty funny hearing that in his accent. But later on that night we bought some steaks and they were crazy good!

This week we were meeting with a lot of part member families and met with a really cool girl named Frida. Shes 18 and he brother was baptized a few years ago. She has a kid and sometimes its a little difficult for her to focus but she has been reading everything we ask her so we cant complain too much. She couldn't come to church this week because she went to visit the father to her baby   in some other part of Monterrey but I'm hoping she will be able to come this week! We also met this man named Jesus and have been talking to him. He told us that he lived in the states for 2 years but was deported because of his drinking problem. But he has been turning his life around so that hopefully one day he can return. He has a wife and a baby boy now so he feels more of a responsibility but hes still pretty new were deciding in our lesson with him today if were going to keep or drop him. 

Well thats all for this week. How are the States?

Elder Ahlmer

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