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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

October


What a busy month this has been... Zone Leader Council, General Conference, Zone Conferences, new missionaries and Transfers, and the Mission President's Seminar in Cancun.  Whew!  But, even with so much happening, it has been a wonderful month...


Zone Leader Council...

 

 

 Zone Conferences!










 
Just before the seminar we had new missionaries come into the mission.  We are always happy and excited to have new missionaries arrive in Puebla.  

 at the bus station...

 our "salientes"...

at the airport...

  the new missionaries with their trainers after the change meeting...



 We love the seminars because we get to see old friends and hear some great counsel from our leaders.  We stayed at the Fairmont Mayakoba Hotel in Cancun...


It was during our seminar that the Area Presidency announced that in country of Mexico the Missionary work would have a new direction and focus.  The missionaries will no longer "knock doors" or do the traditional contacting.  Instead, they are to work closely with the members in finding and teaching less active members of the church.  We are excited about this new emphasis and look forward to the change that it will have in the lives of the members of the Church.





 


On Thursday we boarded buses and traveled to Tulum to see the ruins.  It was so interesting and the ruins were amazing.  We enjoyed seeing all the iguanas, lizards and birds, too!





On Friday we took a boat ride along with the Hickens, the Valadez and the Christensens.  We got to tour the canals surrounding the hotel.  It was beautiful and we saw so many birds.  You can see some of them on my other blog, "Our Feathered Friends", one of the links in my friends section.  Anyway, we had a great time and it was very relaxing.





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We also were able to go to a show where we had dinner, watched a game and then saw a reenactment of the history of Mexico.  It was so interesting and the costumes were so beautiful.  There was dancing and music and it was a wonderful evening.






At the end of the month, here in Mexico, a lot of people get ready for Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.  On November 1, people all over Mexico buy flowers to put on the graves of loved ones.  In Atlixco there are many flower farms and nurseries and in preparation for November 1, hundreds of trucks come to Atlixco to load their flowers and take them all over Mexico.  It was the first time we had been Atlixco at this time of year and saw all the flower trucks.  It was amazing...