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

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Week 34 (Anáhuac, Mexico)

On Monday we had our zone activity right before our district meeting. We played some soccer with a bunch of the guys. There is a guy from Spain that is in our zone and played that is pretty good, also a guy from Ecuador (my zone leader) who plays well too. It was fun to get out and play again. The only bad thing is that soccer is tough on my shoes. I think I will be buying a new pair some sometime soon.

Also, that day we talked to a missionary who was visiting Anahuac who served around thirty years ago, he told us a bunch about how the mission has changed. He also told us that he heard that there was a missionary who passed away in Argentina. He said that the missionary was from Utah. Pretty crazy. 

On Tuesday we went and helped an investigator in the area of the elders sweep out their front yard area. They had a bunch of garbage and junk around on the floor. 

On Wednesday we had an activity for Anahuac. We got a projector and a speaker and put up some Mormon messages and videos of the church in the chapel and invited people off of the street. 

On Thursday I wasn’t feeling very good. I had eaten something bad and got a stomach ache. 

On Friday we had an activity to celebrate Easter and also to celebrate 210 baptisms in the mission during the month of March. We went to a member’s house and had a barbecue. They made some stake. Some baked potatoes. We also ate some cake. We played a lot of soccer. They wanted to play and asked that I bring my ball, I did and it got popped on a fence but other than that it was really fun.

Friday was also the day of the Via Cruz. It is where they have someone dress up like Jesus and kind of act out the crucifixion. I am not sure exactly how they do it here. But we did get passed by a giant group of people doing this Via Cruz. They had some Mexican guy dressed up as Jesus. Another guy dressed up carrying a cross, a bunch more guys dressed up like guards, and then they were all followed by a bunch of Catholics smoking and drinking. From what I here in other areas. They actually beat and whip and hit the actor Jesus (who volunteers to do so) then they actually crucify the guy and nail him to a cross. 

On Saturday we watched the conference. We actually projected it in Anahuac this time. The first session we had 16 people or members show up. The second session 35 and then 13 for the priesthood session. All of us Americans went in the office and watched it in English on the computer. There seemed to be a lot of talk about marriage this conference.

It is crazy how much more you learn from conference when you are actually awake and pay attention ha-ha. The conference went by so fast. I remember before the mission I would go to sleep for what felt like forever wake up and the same guy was still talking. But here you blink and you miss the guy. It is also crazy that I have had two conferences now in the mission and two here in the same area. Today I completed 8 months in the mission (I think) and it is crazy how time flies. Transfers will be next week, we find out Sunday night.

Love Elder Blanchard

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