Mexico Cancun Mission

Spanish is the official language of Mexico. Mexico is an ethnically diverse country, with many people being descendents from both indigenous groups and European immigrants, though the southern part of the country has significantly higher levels of indigenous peoples than other areas. These southern and central regions are also home to several indigenous languages, such as Nahuatl and Yukatek Maya. Over 80% of Mexico’s population belongs to the Roman Catholic church, with attendance rates at about 47%. Many Mexican towns and cities have their own patron saints, which are celebrated with yearly feasts. Both Spanish and indigenous influences can be seen in art, architecture, and music. Mariachi performing groups (bands using singers, guitars, trumpets, and other instruments) regularly perform at festivals and restaurants, and many folk dances and traditional music are still practiced. Rock, pop, and other music styles such as norteña and ranchera are popular today. Soccer is the most popular sport in Mexico, though baseball is also popular. Lucha libre wrestling and bullfighting are also popular events. Mexican cuisine is based on the staples of corn, beans, and chili peppers, often used with meat, cheese, and other herbs and spices. Traditionally, the main meal is eaten during the afternoon. A soup is served first, followed by a meat dish with sauce and salsa, along with tortillas and beans. Street vendors are also quite popular, selling tacos, quesadillas, tortas, roasted chicken, and other dishes. Bacon-wrapped hot dogs are another popular street vendor food. Cuisine varies in different regions, with flour tortillas, burritos, cheese, and beef being more popular in the north, while tropical fruits and tamales are more commonly used in southern cooking. Seafood, morisqueta (a sausage and rice meal), and carnitas (deep-fried pork) are more commonly eaten in western Mexico.

The Church is rapidly growing in Cancun because it is an area of Mexico wherein a lot of people are moving. Currently, the neighboring state of Yucatan has the highest percentage of Mormons in Mexico. The neighboring state of Yucatan has the highest percentage of Mormons in Mexico. Being so close to Yucatan, the church in Cancun is growing rapidly.

The food in Cancun generally consists of pork or chicken; beef is very rare. Other staples include items such as beans and tortillas. Mexican cuisine is based on the staples of corn, beans, and chili peppers, often used with meat, cheese, and other herbs and spices. Traditionally, the main meal is eaten during the afternoon. A soup is served first, followed by a meat dish with sauce and salsa, along with tortillas and beans. Street vendors are also quite popular, selling tacos, quesadillas, tortas, roasted chicken, and other dishes. Bacon-wrapped hot dogs are another popular street vendor food. Cuisine varies in different regions, with flour tortillas, burritos, cheese, and beef being more popular in the north, while tropical fruits and tamales are more commonly used in southern cooking. Seafood, morisqueta (a sausage and rice meal), and carnitas (deep-fried pork) are more commonly eaten in western Mexico.

The main way that most missionaries get around is by foot, but there is also a public transportation system (buses).

The Mexico Cancun mission is very safe and well out of the way of some of the more problem areas known for drug trafficking.

The customs of the area are such that there is much focus on the marriage of Catholicism and the Mayan culture. It is a very spiritual cultural group, with heavy emphasis on familial relations.

The local lingo is at times difficult to understand; keep in mind that it is a mix of Spanish and Mayan.

Be sure to bring lots and lots of deodorant, as well as a hand towel (you tend to sweat profusely in such a hot and humid climate).

Be advised that the locals eat very spicy habanero peppers. Also take note that the entire economy of Cancun revolves around the tourism business.

About Mexico

Missionary Blogs

Elder hyrum De Leon
www.mymission.com/elderhyrumdeleon
2016
Sister Jodi Mikolajcik
www.mymission.com/sisterjodimikolajcik
2016
Elder Damian Vergara
www.mymission.com/elderdamianvergara
2016
Sister Whitney Christensen
www.mymission.com/sisterwhitneychristensen
2015
Elder Alec Marchant
alecmarchantmissionary.blogspot.com
2015
Elder Cory Ward
missionsite.net/eldercoryward
2015
Elder Dawson Strate
dawsonstrate.blogspot.com
2015
Sister Natalie Newman
jasonnatalienewman.blogspot.com
2015
Elder Adam Shurtliff
adamisinmexico.blogspot.com
2014
Elder Joseph Bailey
elderjosephbailey.blogspot.com
2014
Elder Spencer Ochsner
elderoh.blogspot.com
2014

Address

Avenida Chichenitza s/n, Mz9, Lote 1
Colonia Benito Juárez
77569 Cancún, Quintana Roo
Mexico

Mission President

Miguel A. Reynoso Lopez

Region

Mexico

Church Statistics

Mexico

Members: 1368475
Congregations: 0
Missions: 34
Family History Centers: 268

Languages

Mayan languages, Spanish

Population

628,306 (2010)