Friday, July 16, 2010


Wow, sounds like things are going awesome back home. That flash freeze is funny, sounds like fun. A NEW Dr. Who? Yikes...I already have a list of shows I want to watch when I go home...I don´t want to add more, because it is quite long. Can´t you just pull the pictures off of the email? Ya, the "festival" of San Pedro, all of the neighborhoods like, Magdalena, San Juan, Judas (Yes, they worship the man who sold Jesus into death saying that he will bring you money, so EVERYBODY has a statue of Judas Iscariot in their car/house) and others all happened this month, and we´re happy to see them go. It´s interesting to see that part of the culture, but with a lot of distance in between us. It is mostly just drinking and loud trumpets blaring in everyone´s faces. Not much "culture".

Geeeeeez Effie, that spider looks intense! Sounds like your new house brings all kinds of new adventures. That´s good! The second we are comfortable, the Lord finds ways to make us UNcomfortable. This way we can grow and become more like Christ. Of´s not always to remember it that way, but it´s true. It´s great you have so much time together now as a family, that´s something we see here in Mexico soooo much, is that the parents work all week long, and only rest one day of the week, and their different days. So the families are almost never in the same place at the same time. It´s really sad.

Alex´s questions:
Ya, those conversations were good times...I haven´t thought about them for a while, heh.
Yes, indescribable is probably the word to use. At least, in our vocabulary.
Weirdest food eaten? This week I am going to eat Menudo. It´s a soup made out of cow stomach that suppsedly has the texture of gum. So that´ll be fun.
There´s an area called Apatzingan that has temps up to 50 degrees celcius. It´s not quite that hot here, but it gets close to 40
No, we don´t bike, we WALK. Like men. In Mexico.

This week was kind of a bummer. We got kinda sick at the end, so we had to stay in for a day. Also, we didn´t get to contact many people, or teach much. We had about 50 appointments fall through. PEOPLE ARE NEVER HOME IN MEXICO AAAARARARARGH! But, we had two referrences from Armando, they guy that dropped drugs for that time, two daughters of his boss that were OK, but they came to church this sunday! And they loved it! Now we´re super excited for them.

We had this other guy contact us in the street this week, his name is Bernardo. He was with a bunch of friends drinking, so we passed by (We usually don´t talk to groups of drunk people, it almost never ends up good), and he yells, HEY! Just because we´re drunk doesn´t mean we´re not people! We go, huh? We start talking and he is this super golden guy that has had a bunch of problems in his life, drugs, alcohol, his parents got divorced when he was 13 or so, but he wants to get better. He said that he knows he can´t do it in the Catholic church, but he has seen the examples of members and wants to be like them, so we started teaching him and he is awesome! We talked about the Word of Wisdom with him and he said, Ya! That makes perfect sense! Beer is just a bottle, why should it stand between me and happiness with God? Honestly, there is no other option than this gospel is true. People change their lives so quickly when they choose to accept the testimony of the Holy Ghost. I have seen so many people leave behind stupid vices like this in weeks, when they have tried for years and never could! I know this gospel is true. It works miracles in the lives of those that follow it.

Thank you all so much for your support, know that my prayers are with you, and while I am physically far from home, I have often thought I was sitting in the living room talking with you all, and that that is just a hop, skip, and a jump away. By the way...

I HAVE SIX MONTHS IN THE MISSION AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I haven´t done nearly enough! Only 3 more of these periods and I´m HOME! If this is the time that goes by the slowest, it´s going to feel like I´ll be home next month!

I love you all so much, and thank God for giving me such a wonderful family free from so many of the problems of this world.

Les quiero muchisimo, y que Dios les bendiga.

Adios familia!

Elder Joseph Neil Newell

Having fun in the Capilla, waiting for a junta to start. It never started.

Hi from the road of the giant pits of construction that little kids play near every day!

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