Sunday, March 25, 2012

Two More ...

I have been in a VERY lazy mood lately. I haven't felt like blogging at all.
This is really too bad. I mean, it's taken me a whole week to report that ... we had TWO more people receive the Holy Ghost (last Sunday)!!!

Unfortunately, I have no pictures of either one of the people who received it. I mean, no one announced that they had received the Holy Ghost until after church.

One of the people who received the Holy Ghost is one of the guys who used to be part of our youth (until he got married a couple of weeks ago).
I found this picture, but you can't really see him.
Marco Antonio (from Ixtlahauca).

And the other person is a lady who has been coming (on and off) for the past ten years. Sara. So we are glad that she finally received it!

Thank God for what He is doing here in Toluca! 
Make sure and send up some prayers for our church here!


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I've Been M.I.A. Because ...

Here is my explanation:

We started having some crazy weather. 
My brother gets home from working (with some men from our church) and says, "You're never going to believe this!"
He pulled out his iPod and showed me some pictures.

A tornado!!! 

See, this is a really BIG deal because we don't have tornadoes in Toluca! 
My family and I were just debating about this the other day. We were giving our opinions as to why they do not happen here. And then a few days later my brother sees one and gets a picture!! LOL!
Now I am all freaked out because tornadoes scare me to death!

Anyways, so we were sitting at home during the storm and lightning decided to strike our house! We hear this loud cracking noise, as if all of the light bulbs in our house had just exploded. 
The lights went out (and stayed out for quite some time). After they came back on we ran around checking everything out to see if anything had been burned up. Fortunately, everything was fine ... except for our internet! LOL. It burned up the internet box! So we were without internet for a few days until my dad could go get a new box. 

And to top it all off we had an earthquake today!!
Mother Nature has sure been busy this week!!!

... Then I Went To Puebla (Pt.2)

Sorry for just barely getting around to posting part two of my trip to Puebla, but I have a good reason that you can read about in my post after this one.

To start off where I finished my last post, I had agreed to go stay with Bethany in Puebla for a few days. She  claimed that we would have a LOT of fun. And guess what?! We did!

She took me to this lake right by her house where they had boats.
We got into a paddle boat and ... paddled around.

All of the ducks saw that we had food and they came over to pig out.

 We also got on a row boat. I made Bethany do all of the rowing. LOL.

And I just sat there enjoying the scenery and the cute little ducks.

Awww ... isn't he cute!

And there were so many baby ducks out there too.

And mother ducks sitting on eggs.

Then Bethany, who likes gross adventures, sees an egg floating in the water. She says, "Pick it up!"
I hesitated, thinking, "Gross", but decided to do as she said.
We put it in the boat. We decided to take it to her house to look inside. So we hid it inside of some bags that we had (because I am sure the park people wouldn't like us to take an egg from their precious park, albeit it was obviously "rotten").

We got to Bethany's house and she opened it up.

A putrid odor struck our nostrils.

Inside was this little dead, baby goose! See his beak??
It was so sad! 

Bethany also took me downtown. Man, I am so jealous of their downtown. It is so much cooler than ours.

 We went inside the Cathedral where they were having Mass. I had never been to a Mass before (except at a wedding and a funeral) so we decided to stay.
The priest man got up there and he actually started (kind of) preaching. I didn't know they did such things at Catholic churches. 

 I was a bit distracted by the chandeliers though and didn't hear too much of it.
Then the pipe organ started playing and the people started singing this really gloomy, religious sounding song.
I'll admit that at this point I started getting teary-eyed. There are so many people in Mexico who go to Mass. There is no presence of God there. It is empty. And if the service feels empty surely their hearts feel empty?

The priest giving them the wafers.

After it ended we began to walk out. My heart felt heavy. And I saw this man sitting near the back of the church. He was staring into space. And he just looked ... lost. God, help us to find those people and show them the truth!

We walked around some more.


Bethany introduced me to this drink called Horchata. She was surprised that I have lived in Mexico for so long and had never even heard of it before. Hey, I'm just picky and don't like to try stuff that sounds gross ... like Horchata. Horchata does not sound appealing. But amazingly it was! In fact, I am now looking for it in Toluca (and have already bought some)! Yum! Yum!

Anyways, we stayed downtown all day and had some really cool experiences. I am really glad that I got to go to Puebla. I mean, the truth is that I don't ever ever ever go to people's houses. I never really hang out with people either (I'm a bit of a recluse, hermit, homebody, etc.). And so that was a bit of a new experience for me altogether. 

THANK YOU, Bethany for making me try Horchata!! HE! HE! HE!

Anyways, my dad got back from Veracruz, he preached at the Wakefields' church (I forgot to take my camera though), and then the next day we loaded up to come back home to Toluca.

On our trip home I took one last picture:
I just had to take this picture. We saw them and I was like, "Poor piggies!"
My dad turns to Bro. Marcelo (a minister from our church who had gone with my dad to Veracruz) and says, "Poor pigs! They don't know that they're being taken to be slaughtered."
And Bro Marcelo responds with: "It's just like the people of this world, right, Pastor?"
I was sitting in the back of the van and I started snickering. Preachers, ministers! Their eyes see everything as analogies having to do with souls!

Friday, March 16, 2012

... Then I Went To Puebla (Pt.1)

My dad and Bro. Wakefield were going to take a trip to Veracruz the next day. So Bethany invited me to her house (since they would have to pass through Puebla to get to Veracruz). I was all like, "Ahh, I'll have to think about it." Hehe. It's just that I NEVER stay at anyone's house.

I ended up deciding to go.

Monday morning we left. Bethany was all excited, as was I. She was coming up with all of these ideas of things that we were going to do once we got to Puebla.

We started our trip through Mexico City.
There are lots of BIG buildings (technically these buildings are in Santa Fe, but I count it as part of Mexico City).


A cute hotel that I always want to take a picture of but never had, until now. :D

We had completely passed through the nice part of Mexico City and that's when it happenned. 
The van broke down! 

We were on the highway and it just cut off. So we had to exit the highway. The men had to get out and push the van. No one wanted to stop and let us through and so my dad had to jump out in front of all of the speeding traffic and force them to stop (I was amazed that they didn't just run him over ... he he). 

After a few minutes the van came back on and we started back down the highway.
My dad then began telling Bro.Wakefield stories about all the times strange things have happened that made him have to stop for a few minutes. After he would get back on the road a few miles up the road there would be terrible wrecks (which this is true because I was in the car when it happened).

My dad: "Maybe God's just keeping us from a wreck."
*The van cuts off again*
Bro. Wakefield: "Well, Brother, He must be keeping us from a lot of wrecks!"

This time they decided to find a mechanic. And they had to push the van there!

My dad about had an asthma attack after all of that pushing (of course, he told me not to blog about this, but ... why not?). 

The mechanic "shop" was in a ghetto neighborhood. Even the Mormon church (the building in the background there) looked rather ghetto! Of course, I've been in Mexico for so long now that "ghetto-ness" doesn't scare me. You just have to watch out that no one swipes anything from your vehicle. LOL. 

Bro. Wakefield and Bro. Loa talking to the mechanic men. 

Sis. Wakefield decided to sit down. 

Graffiti on the wall!

While they were fixing the van us ladies went "looking around".
We had broken down right across from a Metro station. 

Alas, we did not get on though. My dad hates the Metro, and no one else wanted to get on either. :D

Finally, after about ten hours (okay, it was actually like three hours) they got the van fixed. The fuel pump had gone out and so they had to go buy a new one somewhere. SIGH! 

We did finally get to Puebla though. It's amazing that Puebla is really not that far from us at all yet it always seems to take ages to get there because something always goes wrong. 

To Be Continued ...

The Wakefields Came To Toluca ...

Last Sunday we had some very special visitors come to Toluca to visit us. 
That's right, the Missionary's of Puebla, Mexico!

We went to eat and then they came over to our house to visit.
My dad pulled out his guitar to "entertain" them.

And then he tried to force Bethany to play ... which didn't happen. LOL.

Elder Wakefield preached at our church Sunday. 
He preached on the Holy Ghost.  It was cool because my dad and all of the ministers have been preaching on the Holy Ghost for the past month. 

We had two ladies receive the Holy Ghost (but I only got a picture of one of them because I didn't know about the other lady).
Maria Carmen received the Holy Ghost. Her and her husband have only been coming to church for about a month a a half. We are praying that God will really work in their lives. 

It was also confirmed that two other men do, in fact, have the Holy Ghost.
Aurelio (one of the men). 

Needless to say, God was really moving. Bro. Armando was sprawled out on the floor praying.

And that's all of the pictures that I took. I really need to get better at making myself take a lot of pictures. 

Anyways, this post is to be continued ...

P.S. If you want to see more pictures of the service you can go to Bethany's Blog!