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.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


The new area is honestly really hard. I have been struggling a lot trying to keep my companion obedient and the branch that I am in is really interesting. Like Ive never heard of so much gossip in all of my life. Like the stuff that has been said comes out in the newspaper... I know I will be learning so much during my time here. I have never been more tired in my life and I am stressed out but I have seen a growth in what I though was my potential. I am so positive that the lord has me here for reasons and I am going to make the best of them! 

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Tough Honduras Companion

Hey everyone!

This week has been sooo different from all the other weeks of my mission. Well to start off im on bike and thats well weird and it hurts like crazy. My legs have been on fire all week long. I guess imfinally getting payback for never kicking well in swimming.... But the worst part is the mud when It rains. Its impossible to stay clean... when we ride bikes the mud gets shot up all over our face legs and back.... Its awkward but part of the life! Its interesting meeting all the new people and trying to remember who they are. Its pretty funny because during the last weeks in Estanzuela I was praying to have a bigger area because it was really small and now I have one of the biggest in the mission! 

My companion is really different. Well i think this change will be a big test of patience... He reminds me a lot of Elder Diaz who tells a lot of fake stories and well doesnt want to work. But at least he wasnt angry all the time. My companion is a little bipolar and scares me a bit to try and correct him in something that needs to change. I will be praying and working pretty hard to get along well with him. But this will be interesting. 

The district is a lot bigger than last change and that is pretty exciting. We now have 11. The district meetings are fun but we have to take an hour long bus ride to get to where all the other missionaries are. 

Thats about all I amloving my time here and I hope everyone has an awesome week! And that snow starts falling there! 
Elder Ahlmer

Oh yeah my companion is Elder Pavon and he is from Honduras

Monday, December 8, 2014

Tamas, not good - Moving to Montemorelos

Hey everyone!

This week was good. Well first off I think I was cursed for celebrating thanksgiving in mexico because well the tama that I showed you guys got me pretty sick... It along with all the other things with chili that I have been eating gave me gastritis.. I dont know what its called in english but its a pretty common thing here. So Sunday monday and tuesday It hurt pretty bad but once we figured out what it was I get the medicine and now it doesnt really hurt! I have to be really careful of what I eat for the next 4 weeks or it can get worse but other than that Im basically normal! 

So they changed the way that they do transfers now and they told us last night that I am going to be sent to Montemorelos a little town on the outskirts of Monterrey! Im so excited to be in a little town. And this means that I get to go out on bike! I am going to miss estanzuela so much I learned so much here. I have made some great friends here and I dont think Ill ever be able to forget climbing uphill and downhill all day long! Last night we went to the Christmas devotional I liked it a lot! But afterwards we ate hot chocolate and bread as a ward and It was pretty hard to say goodbye to all of them! 6 months is a long time! It was really hard saying goodbye to maria and her family. She has gone through so much and is still doing everything that she should. I have learned so much about faith with her. 

I hope you have an amazing week I heard a lot about finals good luck everyone!
Elder Ahlmer

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tamas for Thanksgiving

Hey everyone!

This week has been pretty interesting. First off thanksgiving was pretty good! Even though I miss the family party Elder Perez and i celebrated our own way! We bought Tamas which is like a huge taco with well a bunch of stuff! 

Friday we had an open house in the church and it went really well! We invited a lot of people and many came! I felt like it was really well organized and people enjoyed and learned more about the gospel. The church has taken a new initiative this Christmas trying to help everyone understand the true meaning of it. They created a new website called christmas.mormon.org Its way cool. There is a 3 minute video there and we have been doing all that we can to help other people see the importance of Christmas! It has been working well. We have found a lot of new people to teach including a lot of family members of members that have had their heart softened hearing about Christmas! Its been a great success. But we had a really cool experience during the week when a member took us to visit one of her friends and invite her to the open house. When we got there she was really closed and didnt want to talk about anything. She kept on saying Lets not waist you and my time and stuff like that. But when we started talking to her about the Christmas everything changed. She opened up so fast it really shocked me. And that same day she went with her member Friend to the open house! I invite you all to talk with a friend and share the quick video with them its an awesome way to start talking to them about the gospel! 

This Saturday we had the baptism of Xiemena the youngest daughter of Maria that turned 8 two weeks ago! It was pretty special all her kids sang. 

Well I hope everyone has an amazing week and that you all share the video! 

Elder Ahlmer

Baptism of Xiemena