Mailing Address in Mexico

Elder Oliver Philip Hulme
Guadalajara East Mission
AV. 18 de Marzo #3088
Colonia las a Aguilas
Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
CP 45080

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Dogs in church, Lost money at church, Shade is lovely

August 11, 2014

Wahooo. Thats pretty much how I feel in Apatzingan right now. It's a riot over here. and I love it. here is some good stuff going on:
  • Yesterday in church, there was a dog the size of decca running around in sacrament meeting.
  • Things there are NOT in our house: toilet seats, places to put clothes, cooking, stove, and lots more.
  • All the water in the house just comes from outside, and you can't change the temperature of the water.
  • It is always so hot, and the houses just turn into ovens, that pretty much every lesson we teach, we teach outside in the shade and it's LOVELY.
  • Church yesterday was a fiasco. A lady was carrying 16,000 pesos around (a crap ton of money in Mexico), and claimed she lost it in the church. Everyone was searching, and double-checking, and especially blaming. The bishop gave her a blessing so that she could somehow find the money. She left, somehow found the taxi driver that took her to church.... she had left it in the taxi.
Rule #1: Don't carry around lots of money
Rule #2: Don't put it in a plastic bag, because you could forget it in a taxi.....
All is well.

Answers to Mom's questions about my companion:
Elder Leon is super rad. He likes to jump over stuff with me.
He is from Oaxaca.
He has 9 months in the mission.
He is sleepy kittens, and usually gets out of bed real late. (he'll be breaking that habit soon.)
He does not speak very much english.
We get along really well, and he is just a straight up solid dude. He got baptized 4 years ago, and is shaped like a straw - tall and narrow.

Missionary work is absolutely stellar in Apatzingan. We find new investigators on the daily, the ward works a lot and is super helpful with missionary work, and we take a lot of taxis. I have to shower in the mornings and the nights because we sweat so much.... We've got some really cool investigators, One is named Rigoberto, who works on a lime farm, he is always super tired when we talk with him, because he is always getting home from lime farming, but he is progressing quite well. His wife has a crazy form of arthritis, and poor little thing suffers, but she likes the gospel and likes it when we talk with them.

This week we had a zone meeting. We left at 6 in the morning and got back at 6 at night. Apatzingan is super far away from any other city, luckily we only have to do that trip once a month. 

Honestly all is super well. The gospel is crazy true, and changes lives every day. Do everything you can to live and love the gospel. Say your prayers a lot, read the scriptures, and love one another. 

Love Your guts

Elder Hulme.

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