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

Monday, February 9, 2015

Stinky cyber, glorious m&ms, we found a family, jackfruit

The kid next to me in the cyber is watching Go Go Power Rangers videos, and I hear it all. This cyber smells exactly as you might think a 4x7 meter room with 17 video game addicts between 14-19 years of age, all of which are sweaty and stinky pills. So it is a riot. 

Every week is the fastest thing in the whole world. Honestly there are some problemitas in our zone, so on frequent occasions we have to be super duper gypsy ladies, and go help them study, to make sure they are studying efficiently and getting things done. We studied with a companionship, that in the last two months, has received 4 big Costco bags of m&ms. After an intense study learning session, we ate a large amount of m&ms. GLORY.

We have been on a wild goose chase for new investigators - but not just people that are willing to listen, but people that are prepared to accept the gospel, that are ready to have their lives changed through the atonement and gospel of Jesus Christ. This Saturday this vision was done. I honestly felt like Martin Luther King Junior, having dreams and such. Saturday, all of our plans had fallen -- hard. We took a looks to someone that we had wanted to contact from a couple of weeks back, and when we got there, he was not there. But someone that works for him was, and we started talking to him and started a lesson (the house is super nice and I felt fancy pants.(nice break from the usual)). After about 15 minutes, the family that we were originally looking for showed up, and it was like the first time someone mated peanut butter with chocolate -- glorious. Pretty much we found a family that is super willing to learn and accept the gospel. They have their problems and doubts, but we are going to do everything that is in our way to help them to exaltation...... 

The weather is a bit tricky right now. It is crazy crazy cold in the mornings, and then in the afternoon, it isn´t so much hot out, it just feels like the sun is a laser and that it is melting your skin with its fiery beams.

Today I bought a green tie, so that is a plus. I also ate a bowl of oatmeal and a bowl of Choco Crispies for breakfast, so we can all say that I am good. 

Last week I tried a new fruit called YAKA (Jackfruit?). Supposedly, it tastes like 7 different fruits: papaya, mango, banana, and I don´t remember the rest. It is a crazy little fruit and it was really quite tasty.

I really like being a missionary. I love sharing the gospel. Sure love you all. 
We have got another really busy week coming up so wahooo. 

Elder Hulme.


These notes were written to the mom separately:

Just a real quick favor. I know that there was no sort of bad intention...Just for the future, they don't want the families to send any sort of toys or little cars or anything of the sort. Turns out they can get you in doggy-doo-doo trouble. Don't  worry, all is super well. Just a head's up. Luv your guts mom.

Hey Mom, just wanted to say happiest birthday. This week it is your birthday and that is fun stuff. I hope you enjoy it and sorry I can't be there. But just you wait - I'll be there for the next one. You're the best mom a boy could ask for. Don't forget it. Have a stellar week.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Balloons and goals, sleep is a long lost friend, no cats in the bible

February 2, 2015

This week was suuuuuupers wild. 
Monday was normal, Tuesday as well.
On Wednesday we had the lidership counsel with the zone leaders sister training leaders, and the Pres. Camarillo and his wife.  We did a super fun activity about completing goals in which we had to set a goal of how many balloons we could blow up as a companionship in 1 minute. We did it, analyzed how well we did, and then afterwards set a new, higher goal, and did it again. Let's just have it known that Elder Lopez and I blew up 18 balloons together in 1 minute. Lungs r good. The meeting ended really late, we got all the packages for the zone, and were waiting for a taxi. A member showed up, gave us a ride and took us out to eat a Burger King (considered nice food over here). It was honestly quite tasty.

Thursday is always full of gummi bears as we do our weekly planning, so that makes things niiiice. And in the night we were getting everything all set up to give the zone meeting all souped up and ready to go.

Friday, we had the zone meeting, full of pretty much everything we did in the lidership counsel. And afterwards we had planned out to do companionship exchanges with Tonala 1. So once again, I got to return to my area. It was super great because I got to see a lot of the investigators that I had found over there and some of my favorite members. And I took a picture with my favorite neighborhood drunk.

Saturday we got back into our area and had a good little day. In the whole mission, we are struggling a bit to complete goals, namely in finding new investigators, getting investigators to go to church, and a whole bunch of things. So we have been giving a ton of follow-up with the district leaders, and pretty much our life is nuts. Sleep is a long lost friend. 

This week a got the nicest card from the Cope family, with a super shredding christmas cd.  I still listen to it. I wrote them a letter back, I just have to send it. But if you see them, tell them thanks. 

I sure am glad that I have gotten to get to know my Savior, his gospel, and his church. I love what I am doing, and love you all so much.
Thanks for all your support.

Elder Hulmje.

We sent a photo of one of Oli's old seminary tests to him. Notice his answer for #18.
(I should have paid better attention in seminary, turns out it never talks about cats in the bible)

Favorite Tonala neighborhood drunk

About Elder Lopez, drove car, gummi bears & stake conference

January 25, 2015

I eat quesadillas, by the dozen, not really but I eat a good amount.
This was a really fast week, and I have no idea of what to write you guys about.
I don´t know if I told you guys, but my child Elder Martinez is now in the zone, so on Tuesday when all the districts have their district meetings, I chatted a few good minutes with him and it was a jolly grand time. It is fun to see old companions, and catch up with them.
Mom asked about elder Lopez. I love his gutz. We never fight and get along really good. He is a super smart guy- he went to 1 year of college before being a missionary, is from Oaxaca, but lived in Puebla for a couple years. He likes to play basketball and had a basketball scholarship before coming out here. I have no idea what he says about me to his family, probably this.. he eats vegetables, sleep talks, and likes having sober fun in the streets. Pretty much the both of us just like getting work done and want the zone to work a little bit harder. But we love life.
I don't know what is going on in the world, but a ton of people are dying out there, and it is sad. A good friend of the zone his grandpa just passed away this week. I talked with him for a minute after stake conference to see if there was anything we could do to help him. But jeezth, it's a tough world out there.
This Saturday and Sunday was stake conference which means gummi bears in the suit coat... it was super great. On Saturday, the best talk was from a seventy, Carlos Walter TreviƱo, who is here. He is an ex-mission president and is super rad. He gave a stellar talk about the faith and the miracles that one can acheive with buckets of faith. 
After the Saturday night session, Elder Lopez and I were chatting with a member, and sister Camarillo came up and said, President wants to talk you two right now. (We both were like, oh crap what´d we do this time.) We went to President and he just says, "who has their driver's license?" We both raised our hands, and then he handed me his car keys and told us we had to move his car because it was blocking people. 

I drove President's car. No one in the mission has ever done that because no one has permission to drive in Mexico. WE BROKE HISTORY KIDS. Even though I just backed it up and moved it about 25 yards, history was broken.
Sunday was another super spiritual experience in stake conference. children cried. a lot.
I am really thankful for my life. I am so thankful that God loves us all so much to send his son Jesus Christ, so we would not have to suffer. I am so thankful that the gospel and church of Jesus Christ have been restored and that we have the Book of Mormon. I am grateful for my friends and family and the support you give, and for the chance I have to serve the Lord
It is a struggle to find new investigators over here. Keep us in yourz prayerz pleaze.

Elder Hulme.

Starfire is alive ma loves