Oaxaca, Mexico Mission

Cambios y Calor

These first three paragraphs are from July 8th:

Wow – this week has been crazy!!!!! Tuesday I found out I was going to another area six hours away so I had to pack that night and leave in the morning.  I am more near the coast at a place called TEHUANTEPEC and my area is called COSIJOPI.  So I arrived here on Wednesday and met my new companion.  He is fromIidaho and this is his last transfer.

It is blazin’ hot here!!!  I have to carry around a towel because I am constantly sweating. The first day I got here it was raining but I was still sweating.  The people here are a lot more humble and they give you so much, but they are much poorer than the people in the city.  I love the people here though.

Well last night my comp got a call and the zone leaders said he was going back to the city.  So I am going to get another comp today – his name is Elder Sanchez and he is from Peru.   Only spanish!!!  So this past week I have been with three different companions.   It’s going to be tough because this area is so big and I’ve only been here four days.  There are a lot of little streets, so it’s hard to get around, but it will be fun.  I know I can do it because the Lord has called me to do it.

And now this week’s update:

It is super humid here!  I am constantly sweating, but right now I am in an air conditioned room so I feel awesome, but when I leave it’s like hitting a wall of wet heat!  I´ve heard of people talk about intense humidity before, and now I finally know what it feels like. Here (below) is a pic of me inside a the church building taken right after church.  We have fans blowing in there but I am still sweating.  The other picture is of a soccer feild here.  Every soccer field is just pure dirt – it’s crazy.

Well, I feel like I can somewhat speak my mind or at least get my point across of what I am trying to say in Spanish. I am really trying to work on my pronunciation right now; it’s tough trying to sound like a native.  I am learning how to be really patient with myself.   Sometimes I expect myself to be perfect and I set unrealistic goals, but I am trying to just calm it down.  I get myself feeling like I am in some kind of race or rush to learn Spanish or to become a great teacher and that works against me.  I am learning how to fix that.  Other than that I am doing really well –  I’m starting to like the heat and everything here.

Love you all!

Elder Moore

Sweating in Oaxaca

Cancha de futbol

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Comments on: "Cambios y Calor" (1)

  1. Christopher, Great to hear from you! We need to work out a deal where you ship some of your heat to Idaho and we ship you some snow. The weather here right now is warm, but pleasant. The evenings are generally cool. But six months from now the world around us will be draped in baptism white, and I wouldn’t mind a little more balance. You look great in the picture. It’s exciting to hear about your Spanish coming along. I remember each bit a progress feeling like manna from heaven since the ability to communicate is so core to being human and so important to the work. The summer is passing quickly for us. Aunt DaLynn finishes up the last little bit of her summer schoolwork in two weeks and then has a few weeks off before she begins her last year of her Master’s program. Mason just started working at McDonalds. He had his wisdom teeth out last Friday and spoke in church on Sunday–he looked a bit like a chipmunk! Mason is just a hair shorter than me now, and McKay and Taylor are taller than DaLynn. Tanner & Atalie are doing well and send you their best. Keep up the great work and know of our love and support! Un abrazo, Dan

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