Thursday, February 26, 2015

Week 3

Week 3 – Ah !  I Forgot My Rowboat
I was talking to one of the Latinos earlier this week when I told him my mission was in Chalco. He said, “Did you bring your rowboat?” (In Spanish).  Apparently, it rains quite a bit there.  My companion and I accompanied a bus load of elders to Mexico City to renew our VISAS.  It was quite the adventure. We drove by some sweet buildings and monuments, I would love to go back and visit someday.  The air smells terrible !!  But I am getting use to it.  The CCM is gorgeous.  It’s like living on a little island.  Although it is a little paradise, what goes on outside the CCM cannot be controlled.  We see random fires in the mountains daily, become accustomed to sirens as the background noise to all of our classes/meetings, and hear American music from the many fiestas.  You know the mini palm trees we have in our front yard?  They have some here.  My companion just discovered them.  She said, “Is that a pineapple bush?”  Haha, it was awesome.  She’s from Alpine, Utah, so such concepts are very new.  But honestly, Hermana Anderson and I are best friends.  I love her lots.  Our free time is spent harmonizing and laughing about awkward situations.  This week we had our first TRC, which is when members of the church volunteer to come to the CCM and be taught by the missionaries.  We help them with things they are struggling with and offer advice.  We talked with a sweet older lady about families being together forever and our teacher told us she started crying after we left.  The sweet lady said she wanted to “be like us” and have a strong testimony.  It was the cutest.  I love you !!
Hermana Cox

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Week 2


My Pistol Pete Maravich Jazz socks have been quite a hit here at the CCM.  Both with the Elders and the Latinos.  They are my good luck charm during basketball "lightning" tournaments with the district. This week has been superb!!  I am learning more Spanish!!  We watched an amazing devotional from Elder Bednar to the missionaries this week.  It has changed my life.  He talked about how when the natural man would turn inward, the Savior always turns outward in love and compassion. Elder Bednar also said that many people will often tell him "My family crossed the plains with the Martin Handcart company!"  His response is "Terrific ... what have you done lately?"  I've thought about that a lot this week.  I have been blessed to have close relationships with my grandparents and my great grandparents.  They have set an amazing legacy for their posterity.  It is time for me to decide what my legacy will be.  One last thing Elder Bednar said is "If all you've got is a testimony, you may be in jeopardy." An interesting thought to ponder.  I love you guys!!  Thank you for your support!!! 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Week 1

I made it to Mexico and I am loving it here!! The CCM is gorgeous!! I will send pics next week!! Mexico City is very colorful .... the houses are all painted different colors and the traffic is insane. I love love love the people!! All of our teachers are Latin. They are seriously so sweet, humble, and patient. When they speak, the spirit is so strong. They are also so funny and always cracking jokes. The plane ride here had about 30 elders and 20 sisters. I was the only sister going foreign. There are two elders in my distrito who are going to my same mission!! The spirit here is so strong. I always feel happy and blessed. The language is hard. Not being able to tell my investigators certain things because of the language barrier breaks my heart. But everything else is going well. The food here is delicious. We have gym time everyday!!!!!! We played basketball and I was SO HAPPY!! We have been playing soccer also, which is good practice for my mission. So, in sacrament meetings here, the branch president just calls someone up to say a talk during church, without telling them beforehand. So, we get to write talks for sacrament every week. Imagine my surprise when I was called up to give a talk!! In Spanish!! They told us that usually they dont call people up that have only been there for a few days ..... but luckily I had a talk written out haha :) I love it here. Ever since I became a missionary, I have felt this feeling of total peace. I hope I can keep this feeling forever. I am so grateful to have Christ's gospel in my life. I love you!! Thank you for your prayers, they have been felt!