Saturday, June 15, 2013

Im finally here in Mexico! I cant believe it. Where to start?? Well I left the MTC early monday morning and took a bus to SLC airport and then flew from there to Atlanta, Georgia where I got to call my family for a few minutes, I wish it was longer!! I also saw one of the guys from Duck Dynasty there, it was pretty sweet! Yeah so I flew to Mexico City that afternoon and we drove to the mission home which isnt even part of our mission. THE CITY IS HUGE!!! The drive was crazy, there are like no traffic laws out here. I was freaking out but the drivers are professional!! (Dont worry mom) So we ate dinner and stayed with the president and his wife, President and Sister Hicken. They are both really nice and funny. President told us we were all gonna get native companions!!! We settled in for the night and then in the morning we headed off to the church bldg where we do transfer meetings and whatnot right by the temple.
The temple here is so awesome! So tuesday we got our companions. My companion´s name is Elder McCormick! He is NOT native and he is a redhead from North Carolina. He has been out for 18 months and his spanish is spectacular! I was the only one that didnt get a native companion because President Hicken recieved revelation to put me with McCormick cuz I can play the piano. So get this... This is the craziest part that I have been dying to tell you all!!! I was assigned to labor with my comp in the place called Molango. It is literally the farthest away place in our mission, about 5 or 6 hours away from the city. Molango is like a jungle, (I will send photos) It is super humid and super duper chill compared to the city. The scenery is gorgeous! The people here are all super kind too. We actually didnt even get to our house here in Molango until wednesday afternoon cuz the drive was too long. We stayed with our zone leaders in there apartment in Pachuca. Thats about half way between where we are here in Molango and the city. Oh and also because I was called to serve in a place away from the city, the mission is going to split on July 1 which mean my mission will no longer be called the Mexico City East Mission, it will be called the Mexico, Pachuca mission!!! Crazy.. So that means I wont ever serve in the big city!
So here in Molango it is a pretty small town and there is a small branch consisting of 20 or so members. Really tiny!! There is a lot of work to do here and I was sent here because I know how to play the piano! (THANKS MOM) I have had to use piano so much on the mission, both in the mtc and here in Molango. Our house is really big, too big! There are like 3 bathrooms and two huge bedrooms a kitchen and two living rooms. Its nice though compared to what other people have here. I am extremely grateful for what I do have. We have had to do a lot of traveling back and forth from here in Molango to Pachuca and even DF (thats the city districto federal). The people here in mexico speak spanish so fast its ridiculous, I can understand a lot of what they say but when I comes to speaking all I can do is basically sit there and wait til my companion lets me bare my testimony, he says I do really well for only being here for a week though!! He is great, I honestly and happy I didnt get a native companion cuz he has given me so many tips in English, we probably use more English then we should but it will change.
So yesterday I had to go to church with the branch president and my companion went to this one other city called Zecualtipan which is about 45min away in taxi from here. There is a smaller group of members there about 10 that meet in a members home and my comp goes there to basically be the branch president. We get to go teach people there on Thursdays and Saturdays. It is seriously so cool here, oh yeah last night here in molango it poured rain and there was lightning and thunder, IT WAS SWEET!!! So yeah, the weather is totally different than I expected... At least here in Molango. It is not hot at all, a nice probably 70 degrees but it is super humid so I walk like 10 steps and I am already sweating! I love it here! I am not gonna lie the first couple of days were a crazy culture shock and I got a little homesick but that is totally normal I imagine. I was sure glad to here from everyone back home. And that everything is good there.
I really cant think of anything you can send me mom, I can basically find everything here. And you dont need to send the tide pods either, one of the members here does our laundry!!! So nice. I have eaten so delicious food here!! The tacos are delicious and I have had some dang good enchiladas, but they arent like moms enchiladads, they are all separate. The weirdest thing I have eaten is a cow intestine taco but it was something my companion and I ate at a taco ´store´ and I had no idea what it was until after I ate it! Well I gotta go, im going to try to send some photos now! I am doing so good. Thanks for your prayers, I will try to write individually to people next week when I have less to say! I miss and love you all

Elder Hixon

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