Wednesday, May 9, 2012

First week in Mexico!!!

Hey Everybody!!
Elder Oliver Here reporting on how my first week in Mexico has been. 
So we all got off the plane a week ago and we really had no idea what was going on... haha we had to fill out papers and all sorts of stuff to get through customs. It was crazy. But then we got out and were met by the mission president. President Call. He is a good man and he was very friendly and nice. Then we got into the cars with all of our luggage. yes...I have all my luggage. haha and we left for the mission home. Mexico city is very different then I had imagined. It is really green here and there are mountains and all sorts of things. It is pretty from a lot of areas. Ya so the first day was interesting. just to see the city and how big it was. It was awesome. 
So the food here is good!!!!!!!!!! I like it. there are a couple of things I was like....ew. haha but for the most part it is delicious! there are a ton of people and cars. But that was expected. There are definitely some interesting smells going on here... haha. oh and we dont have hot water...haha. so I have to take a cold shower every morning it is horrible hah. I am in the shower for literally 30 seconds haha. I just get in get out. haha. But I really do enjoy everything that is going on here. I really hope I can start understanding the language a little better. But I know it will get better with time. So I am not too worried about it.
   My second day I met my new companion Elder Maldonado. he is awesome!! he is from the yucatan and he speaks English really really well. So he can help me when I am struggling with my spanish and help me know what to say because he is a little familiar with that. So I am grateful for him and helping me out with that. 
So now to the good stuff. We had two baptisms yesterday. Their names were Alicia and Fernando. Alicia is a 40 year old single mom and Fernando is her son who is 10. They are soooooo awesome!! They were the first people that I taught in Mexico. They were so nice and they really are so funny even though I dont understand much of what they are saying. hah.They are so awesome and their Baptism was one of the most special experiences I have ever had. They came in with their whites on and they looked like angels...not  even joking. And then we went out and took some pictures after the speakers gave their little talks. Then Alicia and then Fernando were baptized by brother batman. I dont know his real name but he loves batman so that is why everyone calls him that haha. But he is so nice too. BUt then when they came in after getting changed. They looked so happy. Alicia told me before she was baptized she was a little nervous. But when I saw her after all that nervousness was gone she knew that she had done the right thing. It was so awesome. It really is hard for me to describe how I felt but you could just feel the love that was at that service. From the members and alicia and fernando and from our Heavenly Father. IT was so awesome. I just sat there and tried to soak in what was happening. That really was an amazing. I will never forget that first baptism in Mexico. Well that is how everything is going here. It has been an incredible week!
   I love all of you so much and I want to say congratulations to my sister for graduating from the U that is what I am talking about!!! Love you sister congrats! I love all of you so much and thanks for you love and support I feel it every day.! I hope you guys have a good week! I will talk to you next week!!
con amor Elder Oliver

Saturday, May 5, 2012

News from Josh

Josh made it to Mexico ok and sent this email to us:

Hey Everybody I just want to let you know that I got to Mexico ok!!! wow it is crazy! The city is soooo big. So many people in such a small area. But it really is so Beautiful here. It is green!!! there are mountains and trees everywhere! I am so excited to be here. I know that this is where I am meant to be! I hope everyone is doing well! Oh my mission president is amazing... President Call is called of God and I am so grateful for everything he does! I just want you all to know that I got here ok. I love you all so much! I hope you all have a good week! I will write you a week from today! Mondays are my p day. fyi. haha. I love you all have a great week!
my new address
Apdo. 98
Cuautitlan Izcalli
Estado de Mexico
Mexico 54740
And then his Mission President sent us pictures of Josh with the other new missionaries and his trainer, Elder Maldonado.