Thursday, September 4, 2014

Whoaa, were halfway there, Whoa, livin on a prayer!!‏ Week 3 at the CCM. (Mexico City MTC)

Hola Familia Y Amigos! 
Did you guys like the Bon Jovi-ness of my Subject line?:) Well we are halfway through with our training here at the CCM, and it has been a VERY eventful week. Dont even know where to start. Mexican Doritos are fabulous. Oh and I had the best popsicle of my life the other day. Tortillas are pretty much a way of life now. So Mexican Independence Day is coming up so everything here is decked out with red white and green. They are having us learn the national anthem, because I guess we are going to be performing it later on. The power goes out here quite a bit! We had to get the maintenance dude to come fix our light switch, and our toilet. (Dont ask).

 Still getting up in the mornings to run. The other day there was this creepy fog over the grass and it looked like Chupicabra CENTRAL. Pretty freaky. The guys in the room across from us are pretty tight, and we do abs and core work every night.

On Sunday, we watched an old M.T.C  Devotional that Richard G. Scott gave.
 I think it is safe to say that it was the best talk I have seen in my life.
It was all about prayer, and the Spirit. The Spirit was so strong.
 The video kept playing, and they had the closing song, but then he got up AGAIN and said, I just have one more thing to say. And if an apostle of the Lord says that, then you know its important.
 He went on to talk about how we are missionaries Called of the Lord, and about our calling and things like that. It was way cool, and I have never seen anything like it.

 The Tuesday night Devotional was good. This guy from the Seventy talked about serving with unity with others. We watched a good movie about Christ and another one about this pioneer who pretty much gave the church everything he owned.

 So on Monday, Elder Fullmer and I taught the best lesson of our life. It was to a less active member, aka a CCM teacher. But I´m pretty sure she was crying, and she told us afterwards that ours was the best one of the night, and that she could tell we had the spirit with us. Kinda cool. The language is coming along really well! Last night we taught a TRC investigator. This was a legit investigator, not an actor. Well actually he is an inactive member that agreed to do this. We taught the lesson over skype, which was super weird but cool. He was just chilling at his house as he talked to  us. We told him about how the spirit can guide him in his life and how he can receive revelation through the Book of Mormon. It was a pretty good lesson, and hopefully he takes it to heart.

 I have been thinking a lot about prayer this week and how important it is. Like Richard G. Scott said,
"Pray even when you have no desire to pray....That is when you most need to pray."

Today we went to the Mexico City Temple. We couldn´t go inside because it was closed, but we went around the visitor center which was way nice. The Spirit there was way strong, and we watched a good movie about how families can be "together forever". It is such a pretty temple. If any of you are ever in Mexico City, swing be the temple visitor center, its worth a visit.

The ride there was definitely an adventure. Here is what I saw:  A motorcycle with a mom a dad and a three year old kid wedged in between, some mariachi music, crowds of people waiting on the street corner for a red light and they attack the cars selling stuff and washing windows, a truck that pulled up with a bunch of people on top and they were all waving and yelling HOLA!, a bunch of buses stuffed with people, a very overloaded garbage truck, a taxi with a marijuana leaf sticker, lots of taco and empenada carts some which look like bikes and they just peddle them around, a mime in the middle of the intersection, a guy painted silver that was juggling and eating fire, a guy relieveing himself on the street, a guy flipped us off, and we almost got in a few wrecks because the drivers here are CRAZY! You think Utah drivers are bad. But it was such a great experience to see all the sounds and sights and colors and people and smells. Definitely a neat cultural experience.

 As soon as we got through the gates back into the CCM, you could just feel how peaceful it is here. All the grass is perfectly trimmed, everything is clean and safe, and you can definitely tell that the Lord is paying attention and watching over the thousand missionaries that are here. Oh and apparently this is the biggest M.T.C. in the world, Size Wise, not people wise.

Well thats about all thats new here in Central America. Just remember, Amigos, that the Lord watches over EVERY one of his children and he knows each of us perfectly. He has a glorious plan for us and wants us to succeed. Love you all so much.

 Sending Love To the Shire,
 Elder Reschke

P.S. The WALK signs for the cross walks here are like animated and the little white guy actually walks. Blew my mind.

                       Elder Reschke and his companion Elder Fullmer at the Mexico City Temple:

                                                       Missionaries with their cameras:
                                                        At the Mexico City Temple:
                                       Elder Reschke at the Mexico City Temple on P. Day:
                     Elder Reschke and Elder Fullmer at the Mexico City Temple Visitor's Center:

Not sure who this picture is, AND that is NOT the backpack Elder Reschke left home with:
                                                         Sights around Mexico City:
                                              People on the streets of Mexico City:

Elder Reschke and the colorful houses of Mexico City:

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