On this date we were invited to participate in a special Primary activities in the south end of the Mission in the pueblo of Tepetlixpa. We thought it would be some sort of Primary program and had no idea what it really would be. Here is the extract from my Mission Journal about what we discovered:
"At this moment I am surrounded by about 140 Primary age children all wearing gafeta de "Future Misioneros" We were told last night of activity in the Telcalco Stake of the Primary but not what it was about.
"Here is what Sister Bird wrote about the activity and what happened to her:
"Yesterday we went to a Stake primary activity. Only the kids, the leaders and the full time missionaries were there. The mission president spoke and had all the full time missionaries come up and say where they were from. Then Sis. Crickmore opened a suitcase with missionary stuff like pamphlets, BoM, Preach My Gospel, pens, hand sanitizer, pass along cards etc. We missionaries chose one kid and they came up and picked something out of the suitcase. Then we had to explain why we used it. My kid picked hand sanitizer. We shake hands with lots of people (but not dogs) and we can clean our hands often. Then the Stake Prim. pres. called the kids up two by two from different wards and
assigned them to an area in the stake to go to. They went as districts
in combies (big vans) to their areas and knocked on doors and presented a
memorized message about the plan of salvation, which they each had a
copy of. Don't know how may references they got, but a great activity
for every ward or stake! Oh, and they each had a "future missionary"
"They are organized as wards and branches as missionary groups. We are gathered in the Tepetlixpa chapel and the kids are really excited. There will be a short devotional and then they return to their areas and go to the streets contacting. They will be given lists and knock on doors. They will leave a little message. They will return here to report their contacts and have a dinner. I am really impressed and have asked Elder Lauritzen to write an article for the Blog."
There was a brother taking pictures of each of the missionary companionships and what happened when they returned from their contacting. We will update this entry when we have the additional material. We discovered this is the second time the Telcalco Stake has done this and with great results. The people will listen to the children and many references are collected.
With regards to what happened to Sister Bird, We include the following:
"The last couple of months I have had a tooth ache off and on. Well, I didn't want to go to a dentist here so I prayed and promised I would change a couple of things. I thought I was getting better and last week I ate a star burst and it felt funny so I took it out of my mouth and my back molar with a crown came with it! The tooth had been deteriorating the last two months. The blessing is that this was the tooth that had a root canal, so no real pain! I called Dr. Porter and he said to just let the roots go until I get home and he can extract it and do an implant! The Lord will bless us, but we don't always know how He is going to do it - but we need to be doing our part too."
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Saturday, May 31, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
These pictures show what we encountered on the main highway between Chalco and Valle de Chalco. The little white and brownish dog was herding them. The farmer was behind them and around a corner. Mexico the land of the unexpected.
Today we attended two Stake Conferences, the Chalco and Solidaridad Stakes. Although the Stake buildings are large they only hold about a thousand chairs. The Stakes are big enough that they have split sessions. At 09:00 we attended the first session of the Chalco Stake. At 12:00 we attended the second session of the Solidaridad Stake. It was while driving between sessions that we encountered the cattle.
Both of these Stake Presidents are maturing and their messages were really special. President Gomez of Solidaridad gave four steps or challenges to the members of his Stake. These are important points for all of us and fundamental to the Obra de Salvacion.
1. Have Family Prayer everyday.
2. Attend Sacrament Meeting every week
3. Pay an honest tithe and offerings
4. Observe the Day of Rest and sanctify it
This will be our theme for working as Senior Missionaries.