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

Monday, April 27, 2015

Week 36 (Bario del Norte, Mexico)

This week has been great. We found out why that missionary in my district was sick. Before the mission he had problems with epilepsy and before the mission his medication dosage was upped and there was some confusion or they upped it too much and he became intoxicated. He had to stay in his house for three days and couldn’t work but he is back to normal now. 

Being district leader is fine, the only bad part is having to teach and give a lesson for an hour and half every Monday. But it hasn’t been too bad. And it was cool to see that I have been trusted with this responsibility.

That is so cool that Pulani gets to go to France, and that is crazy to hear that Nick already has his call and he is going to Argentina. There are a ton of people in the Argentine mission. I can’t believe Palmer has his papers in. 

I can’t believe the school year is wrapping up already the time flies so fast. I remember when I was at this point last year in school and it feels like just yesterday. 

Here we do have lunch appointments every day. The only difference is that we don’t eat with the same members every week. It switches up a ton and we only have repeats monthly. But I can’t complain about the food, it has been so good here in this area and a lot too. 

On Monday we found an investigator she is an older lady and lives alone her name is Maria Varasa and she has been pretty open to our message and listening. Lots of people ask how old we are and I always ask them how old they think I am and this lady thought I was 16 ha-ha.

On Tuesday we ate some crazy hot chile salsa. We had some soup and on the side we were given some chile. My companion really likes chile and added a ton to his soup and was dying because his tongue was on fire. I added a bit on a tortilla and it wasn’t too bad. So I added some more on the tortilla and was doing fine. It wasn’t bad until I started eating the soup which was hot and had water in it both of which make the chile even spicier. The chile was chile arbol, it isn’t bad when there is a small amount mixed in with other stuff but when there is as much as this lady put in it gets really hot. Luckily they gave us tons of horchata made from oats. It is a juice that is really good, and we also got a big bowl of ice cream at the end.

Later that day we were contacting and some guy in the street called us liars and said he didn’t want anything and walked off. And after that the next guy that passed contacted us and was really interested in the Book of Mormon. It is cool whenever there is an experience like that we always get blessed with a cool experience after. 

That night I went on divisions with Elder Anderson so he could get out of his house. (Where he had to wait with his comp who was taking a break on doctor’s orders.) We went and did some visits and all went well but it got kind of late and were at risk of getting home late. Luckily one of his investigators gave us a ride to his house where my companion and his companion were.

But they couldn’t take me and my comp to our house which was like ten minutes away because the guy was going the other direction where he had to pick up kids or something. So my comp and I started speed walking down the street in the direction of our house and we were going to get to our house really late still. We were talking and said we could use a miracle right there, and just then a member pulled up on the other side of the street and offered us a ride home. It was really cool we got talking and they said that they weren’t even supposed to be there, because they were on the way to the house of family but had turned around because they forgot something and they saw us and offered a ride. 

On Wednesday we found this teenager who actually came up and talked to us. We had a lesson with him and he was really open. The only thing that sucks is that we have not been able to find him the past couple of days. Also during the day we got called by someone that contacted us the other week and he wanted us to come visit him. We had a cool lesson with him and the spirit was really strong. It was really cool lesson and I like lessons like these because all the feelings of doubt, tiredness, questions on what to teach or share…all of these thoughts leave and the answers and scriptures and lesson plan just come to your mind, and the investigator just eats it all up. 

On Thursday it rained all day. We were soaked by the end of the day and there was no way to stay dry. The road flooded and we would get sprayed by passing cars. It wasn’t even a strong rain just a consistent drizzle. It only stopped that night when we returned to our house. The only thing that sucked about being in the rain is that no one is outside to contact.

The last couple of days have been really windy. And the heat has returned, the people say that the heat will get its strongest about the end of May. 

The other day we went to a less active and had a pretty good lesson and she gave us a ton of fruit. The fruit here is really good. We got guayaba, it is like a little golf ball sized fruit that is really good. We also got mangos, and they are so good. I will miss these fruits when I get back to the states. 

The pace of life is pretty different here. Anahuac was like a little ranch area very calm and laid back, here everything is a lot faster and busier. It is different but it I have really been liking this new area.

I can’t believe we will be talking on skype again in a couple of weeks. Seems like just the other day we talked on Christmas. The time flies so fast.

Love Elder Blanchard

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