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.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Training a Missionary from Guatemala

Hey everyone!

This week has been pretty eventful and stressful! So we had changes this last Tuesday and I am now back in Hidalgo but in the other side of the ward! So that was quite a shock at first I thought it was a joke because that like never happens but no here I am living in Hidalgo A! It was really cool to see all the members of the ward again they were pretty shocked! But man word travels like wildfire here because after the first lunch we went and visited a few of the other members of the ward and they already knew that I was here! Its a little hard because the missionaries that were here before didn't do anything! Like we have no records of anything that they did over the past two changes. All they left us was a whiteboard that said Ana and talk to hermanan Mantilla to know where she lives.... Oh and they left us a ton of trash.... So now a lot of the work is to try and get the trust back from the members and well basically start the area again. We have been doing a lot of walking and contacting but we have meet some really cool people this week! 

As for my new companion I am now training Elder Queij from Guatemala! Basically the news that I was returning to my old ward and that I was going to train a new elder kept me up all night long Tuesday! He is 18 years old and is pretty cool! He has a hard time understanding personal space... Its like he always has to be touching me. One more thing he cant walk straight. Like he runs into me a good 100 times everyday. It gets a litte on my nerves but we get along well. He is so excited to be out in the field working and we have been working like crazy!

In the first few days we didn't have anybody to teach so we have been contacting like crazy. We were basically on our feet the entire day and my comp got pretty tired! But with all the contacting we have found some really cool people! First we have been teaching Ana. Shes 15 and has been to church two times with the other elders. She loves the church so much and really wants to be baptized! Last Sunday she went with the young women to the temple to take pictures and she said that's where she got her answer to know if the church is true. Also this last Thursday she sang in the new beginnings for the young women and presented a valor! Theres only one problem because she is only 15 her mom has to sign the record for her baptism and her mom doesn't want her to be baptized again. We have visited with her one time and tomorrow we have a lesson with her to try and help her understand why she needs to be baptized again. When we talked with her before she seemed really nice so I think she will listen and hopefully she will want to be baptized too!

Its so weird to be homesick for your old area but I am. I miss being in the Fama ha ha. Its like you finally get to know the people and they change you again. But hey I really do like meeting new people and the mission sure is full of that! 

I hope all is well in the states! Tell me whats going on! 
Elder Ahlmer

Zack and new comp to train
New Old Area Hidalgo A

1 comment:

  1. What a great missionary! Thanks for this blog. It's so awesome to read Zack's experiences & his testimony. I love his sense of humor!