Julio Velazquez-Elder Tyler Blanchard
Po. Box 1486
Presidio, TX 79845

Monday, December 28, 2015

Week 71 (Parral, Mexico)

Sorry not a lot of time today to write. On Tuesday morning we have meeting in the main city Chihuahua so we haven’t had a chance to write. I am here in the mission offices and have a minute to get off some pictures and a quick message. This last Sunday night there were changes again, but just some other missionaries in my zone.  I finally might stay a bit in my area.  My companion is the same too.

That pillow case is pretty great and that shirt is funny. my companion  liked his present too.  I gave him the gift with some chocolates. The pin and the tie bar are really nice too.

Oh and can you thank the parrot family for the package? i just saw that I received a couple of packages: a Christmas one from grandpa and grandma and something from the Parrot family. I haven’t had a chance to open them yet but that was really cool of them to take the time to send something. 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Week 70 (Parral, Mexico)

Transferred to Parral, Mexico as Zone Leader

Christmas necklace Elder Sullivan's mom sent me.

Christmas Party with my new Zone.

And Christmas mission dinner.

Mission President  and Sister Chavez.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Week 68 (Cuauhtémoc, Mexico)

I think that is 10 companions in total, so 10 companions and 5 areas.  It is crazy how many companions that I have had lately. The transfers were early and happened on Sunday night because on Tuesday was the leadership counsel where we get trained by Pres. and Sis. Chavez and the assistants. I am fine with the changes, the only thing that sucks is that I had to leave Elder Heindel, the one who had just arrived to the mission.  And also Camargo, but my new area and my new companion, Elder Sullivan, are really great too. 

In that meeting las week, I was given a Cheeto, it was one of those puff ones. It was just part of the example that Sister Chavez used to teach us. 

I am actually in the same zone now that I was in when I started the mission. I am just in a different area. Anahuac is about 20 minutes in a bus and not too far away. The other night at the church, I saw and got to talk to a bunch of members from Anahuac. It was cool to see a bunch of them again. Ya I will be able to go visit Juan Manuel. I heard that he is ward mission leader right now. 

It was pretty hot in my last area and here in this area it is cold. 

The traditions for Christmas are pretty much the same. It isn’t really that different.  

Ha-ha that is pretty funny that you guys almost fed the missionaries the same that everyone else was giving them. Yes, that has happened before. In one area we were given caldo a lot.  Caldo is soup with potatoes at chicken and squash. In one area it happened a lot with chile colorado, which is potatoes and meet covered in some red chile sauce. And a lot of times they give us water with the flavoring horchata. It has happened a few times with spaghetti too. 

Love Elder Blanchard

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Week 67 (Cuauhtémoc, Mexico)

Sorry I didn’t get the chance to write on Monday, I had changes. I am in Cuauhtémoc again. I am pretty close to my first area, I am staying in the house where I went on divisions all the time. It is so weird being back here again. 

My new companion is Elder Sullivan, he is a way good missionary and is crazy hard worker. I was sad to leave Elder Heindel after only three weeks but my new companion is really cool too.  

  (The guy to my right is my new companion at a reunion we had with Sis. and Pres. Chavez.) 

The temp in my last area was still hot but now here in Cuauhtémoc it is pretty cool and almost even cold. 

As for stuff to send it would be better mainly treats. I don’t have a lot of room for more clothes and it is easier sizing wise to buy here. 


Elder Blanchard

Monday, November 23, 2015

Week 66 (Carmago, Mexico)

I did get my package. And don’t worry it doesn’t have as much to do with when you send it because it goes from you guys to Texas.  And the guy there brings it over the boarder to our mission.  The place he drops the packages off at is far from the mission offices, where we go to collect our packages. So we have to wait until the elders from that other area bring all of the packages over to the offices.  And, trips aren’t made that often, so I think it has to do with that.

But I really liked the package it was great. The pants are a bit too big but apart from that everything is great. I love the little bag that you sent me it is perfect. The treats were all great too, my companion and I already downed almost all of them. The sweater is nice and warm. Thank you all for the letter. And the pens and little journals were great too. 

This week went really well. The second day I was with my companion we were contacting this lady on a bench in a park.  And after we got her information and had taught her a bit we got up and started to head out then this guy came over and contacted us. He said he had lost everything because of drugs…his house, wife, kids. He said he wanted help. We talked to him for a bit and put a time to meet him in the same spot the next day. The next day we went and he didn’t show up.

But the other day we were walking down the street and this guy started honking at us, passed us and said wait here as he drove by, he drove by too fast for us to see but he stopped up ahead. The guy that hopped out was the guy we had talked to. He told us that since that day he had talked with us he hadn’t fallen back and done drugs. He found us Saturday and asked us where the church was and we gave him the direction and he ended up coming the next day to church with us. The guy is really cool and we have a meeting with him again on Tuesday. So we will see what goes down.

Training is going great my companion Elder Heindel is really cool. He speaks really quite a bit already, he conjugates his verbs, speaks pretty clearly, and he learns really fast. We get along great and overall the training is going really well. I am still district leader too over the same district. Our district works crazy hard, or as we say here como negros, and we are doing really well.

Emily is growing up really fast and getting really big. That is cool you guys are looking for the missionaries when you are out and about.  Tell Emily that I miss her too. I only have  9 months left. before the mission that seemed like a lot  but now the time moves differently, a lot faster so I will be there before we know it.

I did hear that something went down in France but I wasn’t sure what. I heard someone say something about a bombing or something by terrorists on the Eiffel Tower, but I  didn’t know it was a bunch of shootings. I hear a bunch of gossip from the people we contact in the streets.

Someone told me that Wiz Khalifa and Kanye West and Donald trump are running for president and that Donald trump looks like he is going to win. I also was told that Obama left his wife for a singer or something like that. Everything sounds like it is really crazy but I have no idea how much is true.

Yes we do still get to eat with the members every day, but from what I know there is nothing planned for this day. We will see what happens, a lot of times the members just give us 50 pesos each. Who knows what we will do but I hope it involves a pumpkin pie.

As for stuff to stick in my Christmas package, I have only come up with some salted nuts so far, but I will try and come up with more ideas.