Eureka! We found Bronson!
I’m in the CaÃ±ada ward in Saltillo (in the Miravalle stake). The area is pretty big, and it’s on the bench of a mountain. We share the ward with another companionship, but we never see them except on Sunday. There isn’t even close to as many fireworks as in Mexico City, but there are still some explosion sounds at night.
I gave a talk in Sacrament meeting yesterday, in Spanish! The talk went really well. It was really short and I had to read the whole thing, but I’m sure that people liked it. My talk was about family history and the importance of the baptisms for the dead in the temple.
Here are some things we heard before we got here that are actually true. People actually sell things from the front of their house. It’s really nice to have a tiny store (tienda) right down the street for the emergency random food items that we need at night (before 9:30), and all of the tienda food is really cheap, especially when you convert it into US dollars. All the stores around town here, with the exception of the big ones like the grocery store, are the tiendas, but you can’t tell until you go to the back and a front door will be there to the inside of someone’s living room.
The people here are really friendly and kind. When you say hi to them walking by on the street, most of them smile and respond back. One funny thing here is that there are Mexican doppelgangers– people that look and act the same as people that I know at home. For example: there is a guy in the ward that totally reminds me of brother O’Keefe (neighbor in Pleasant Grove). He just reminds me of him when I see him and hear him talk.
I can somewhat understand the language when we are teaching, but I can’t understand them when they ask or tell me something. It has been frustrating for me. I think that I have found my new favorite scripture; D&C 121:7-8 saying: “My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; and then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.”
Every time another trial comes, and anytime any of you feel like giving up, I think of what Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said in a MTC devotional a few years ago: “…And when you or your investigator wants to give up, just remember that Jesus, the most perfect being who suffered for us wanted the bitter cup to pass, He endured. When you are experiencing trials, you are standing shoulder to shoulder with the Savior.”Â God doesn’t put us through trials until He knows we are ready for them. I have gained a testimony these past couple of weeks that God does help us in our times of need for comfort and for help.
More pics coming!