Monday, June 20, 2016
My new area is in a pueblo called El Salto near the Airport!
Hey Everyone, I hope you all had a really great week this week. My first week here in Industrial went well. It was an interesting week as I don't know anything about the area or the people here so I was just focused on following my companion Elder Cruz and learning as much as possible from him about the area and the people here. Our ward boundaries are huge. Thankfully we don't have to cover the whole area. There is a pair of sister missionaries here with us. Their names are Sister Marquez and Sister Lopez. Actually Sister Marquez got here with me in the mission, and she will be going home in five weeks! Kind of crazy! Our area is in a pueblo called El Salto. It is on the very furthest outskirts of Guadalajara past the airport. It is kind of fun though because the airport is within the ward boundaries I get to watch airplanes come in and take off all day long and I enjoy that! haha! We really don't have any progressing investigators at the moment, so I am sure that will be one of our biggest focuses in the coming week is to find people to teach. I got to meet many members and our only recent convert who is a fourteen year old boy named Leonardo. He is quite the Character. He accompanied us all-day Friday and Sunday so I have gotten to know him pretty well already. My companion Elder Cruz is a pretty nice kid. He is from Tlalnepantla, Estado de Mexico. He is the middle child in his family. He has an older brother and a younger sister. He has only been here in the ward for one transfer before I got here so he doesn't know the area super super well, but he knows it good enough that we haven't gotten lost yet. Yesterday we had our Stake Conference and it was really cool because I was able to see a family that was visiting from the very first ward I was in here in Guadalajara. I was super excited to see them because it has been a year since I had seen anyone from that ward and I got to talk to them for a minute. They were super excited to see and talk to me as well. It was kind of sad to tell them that I only have a little more than five months left in the mission. They were telling me that my spanish is super good and that I am super skinny. It was really cool to see and talk to them! It was a tender mercy of the Lord! I want you all to know that I am absolutely certain that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the key to Eternal happiness. It is the key to our happiness in this life as well as in the next. As we strive day by day to live the commandments of God we can find happiness even in the hardest of times and in the moments of greatest strife and struggle. I know that the Gospel gives true happiness because I am truly happy as I have shared this message with all of those that I come in contact with. I know that as we all live according to the Lord's highest standards we will find that we truly are elevated to a higher plane of living. A place where we can find peace and safety in a world full of unsurety and chaos. I love each and every one of you and hope you have a wonderful week! Take care! Love, Elder Mitchell J Condie