Things are going well here despite Mexico City itself living up to its name and nature (as far as earthquakes). I know mom is probably a bit preoccupied (to say the least) about this, so let me explain some things.
- Regarding your question mom, yes, we have water storage. We are supposed to have three containers of purified water in our house always, and two of them must be completely full at all times.
- Our house is in good condition. Unlike in the United States, where our houses are mainly built with a concrete foundation and wood frame, houses here (at least in Mexico City) are built mainly out of cinder block/brick and concrete. Therefore, they move with the earth during an earthquake.
In other words mom, don’t worry about it :). Remember also that it is statistically safer to be on a mission.
Well, this week, we had a few good lessons with our investigators. Unfortunately though, none of them attended church with us Sunday… we will be working on that next week. We just received word this week down the chain that all investigators now have to attend sacrament meeting five times before they can be baptized. This is because of the large number of converts here that tend to go inactive or less active after they have been baptized.
Well, this week, I had a neat and humbling experience with one of the families that we have been visiting. The Familia, —————, has been having a challenging time recently. The husband currently does not have a job, and so he has been helping out with a little family business that the wife’s parents run in their house (they make shirts and tops for various companies). On top of that, the husband has been a bit discouraged because records have been misplaced and he does not ‘officially’ have the Priesthood according to church records, yet they are sealed in the temple. We had a lesson with them Friday, and I shared a message about the sealing power using 3 Nephi. While I did not really have an idea of what I was going to say beforehand, the spirit was present and I know that the message that my companion and I shared helped them.
Now, concerning the pictures this week. One is a picture of my companion, Elder Ramirez, one is of me, and one is of my planner on my table. Many missionaries like to glue pictures on the front and back covers of their planners and then laminate them with contact paper.
Before I close, I would like to say thank you to Aunt Lucille and to Shaylee Dunyon for their DearElder.com letters. I finally received them this week and so I wanted to let them know that.
“Until the purposes of God shall be accomplished and the great Jehovah shall say, ‘the work is done’ ” (The Standard of Truth, Joseph Smith)
Elder Tyler Gardner
PS…. Here are some answers to some questions I have been asked:
1. Here in Mexico City, water is piped to your house into a concrete cell in the ground. From there, you pump the water up to a large ‘tank’ on your roof. That is how you have water pressure in your house. For hot water, there is a small water heater (boiler in Spanish) that we turn on every morning for our showers. As you have already seen, we also have the luxury of a stove and oven in our house. Both the water heater and stove are gas-fired using gas stored in another tank on our roof. Our gas tank is large (20L) and so it hasn’t had to be refilled since I arrived here. When it does need to be refilled, we will have to get one of various gas trucks that run around our area to come and refill it.
Power (refered to as “luz”) here tends to flux much more frequently here than it does in the United States (as you already know mom from our trip). This is not really a problem for cameras and other small devices that need to be charged.
Our water heater (boiler), our concrete water cell (open hatch) and pump and the tanks on our roof…
We pay for power, and gas using our monthly “mensualidad”, but we are then reimbursed for those expenses. We pay for power about every two months, and you can actually pay your power bill at WalMart or various other places. Electricity in Mexico is nationalized, so there are also divisions of the “Comisión Federal de Electricidad” where you can go and pay your power bill. It is actually quite neat in my opinion.
2. In our area, we drop our laundry off at a local lavandería and th
en pick it up the next day. In other areas, some missionaries have the capability to wash their laundry in their home or they have members that wash it for them.
3. So far there is no blog that I know of. As far as the earthquake Wednesday, yes we did feel it. I was actually ironing one of my shirts when I felt myself start to move back and forth a little bit. Right now, we are actually confined to our areas because of another large quake that happened today. President sent out “the order” just before we came to do email. Didn’t feel this one today though. We have no idea where the quake happened or when, but President wants us in our áreas so that is where we will stay until further notice.