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

Monday, March 16, 2015

Week 30 (Anáhuac, Mexico)

This last Monday my companion and I went to the church and baked the cake that you sent me, it was really good. Also, later that night when we were out working, we found this guy named Miguel that is really cool and smart and we are going to meet with him again this week. 

On Tuesday Juan Manuel was helping the sisters do a lesson while waiting for the English class to start and he shared his experience on the church and quitting smoking. He said that after he prayed and after listening to us every time he smelled the cigarettes he was disgusted and didn’t have the desire to smoke anymore. He also said that he loves the way he feels at church and never wants to leave.

On Friday we and I were cleaning and emptying out the baptismal font and Juan Manuel came walking in the church with two buddies. He said they were hanging out and they saw that the church was open and they went to check it out. His buddies are both really cool; we gave them a tour of the church and let them know about the sacrament. One of them came to church on Sunday and the other wanted to but he had to work. 

On Saturday there was a baptism for a little kid named Brandon (ten years old) from the area of the other elders. The little kid was really funny and cool to talk to. It was funny after the baptism he started swimming in the font. It was funny because they closed the font doors, and continued with the service and you could hear a bunch of splashing on the other side.

On Sunday Juan got the Aaronic Priesthood and that night we had a lesson with one of the buddies (Sergio) of Juan with Juan and it went really well. I have never seen Juan so happy. But right now he is an even worse situation than when we found him. He has no job and is getting kicked out of his house in a week, but he is so happy because of the gospel and it has been really cool to see him. This week he is working with the president of the ward to find a job and house. 

This week we have been making stir fry, I actually sent you a picture of the stuff we made. My comp is actually good at cooking. He knows how to make sour bread dough pizza and we are going to try and make that sometime soon.

We have taught Juan about the temple and how he can do work for his family and seems pretty excited and wants to get ready to go. 

We have dinner on Sundays with a member. One Sunday it is with the president of the ward who lives in Cuauhtémoc and the other week is with one of the counselors of the president.

Love elder Blanchard

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