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, April 7, 2014

19 Investigators

Conference! I hope everyone learned a ton! Once again I watched it in Spanish and its just not the same when it's not their voice. I hate it ha ha, but its all right I could not focus to much because with ever single session we were watching the little kids of our investigators so their parents could watch!

Really this week has been crazy cool. Today we hiked Topochico again to watch the sunrise and it was way cooler the second time! Im so happy to hear about everyone that is getting their mission calls! Being here has been the best decision that I have made in my life! 

I loved every bit of conference that we got to watch. Its kinda hard to pay attention when you have people there and they have little kids but everything went well! We had 19 investigators attend church this week and they all loved the conference and said that they feel something special about the church. Actually one of the families (Isabel) that we are teaching told me in the church that she and her family are going to be baptized! I cant tell you how amazing that felt! They are so cool and I honestly see them being amazing members of the church! Then there is Mario. Mario is so amazing and he is so excited for his baptism this Sunday. He was actually able to bring his daughter to church. And though she's 8 years old loved it. He has some good friends and feels comfortable in the ward. Every time I see him I just think about the first time we met him and now how much he has changed its incredible what the gospel can do in the lives of people that are willing to follow! And then there is Betty. She is so amazing! She went on vacation for 8 days and wasn't able to attend church the two Sundays before but during her trip she visited four different churches, read to Mosiahin the book of Mormon and finished the principals of the gospel book! That was one of the coolest lessons of my life hearing her testify about how much she loves the book of mormon and believes in everything that it says. Unfortunately she is living with someone that she isn't married with but she has been waiting for her divorce to finish up and get married and then baptized. She said the papers should be done around the end of May. That was kinda a hard moment to see that we have to wait so long but Im still completely amazed in the testimony that she has! We also have been teaching a family of 16 people! Its one of the hardest and funnest things I have ever done! Our lessons take forever because we have to teach each principal like 8 times but they are learning and like what they are learning. It's amazing because they kinda live in a horrible place where theres a ton of drug abuse and drinking and all that but as we see them progress we can see each of them help one another to grow stronger and stronger in the faith. 

I hope everyone has an amazing week!
Elder Ahlmer

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