December 5, 2017


Independencia, La Huerta 2 District


Hermana Herman

Another day another peso

Guys Mexico is amazing! I feel like I don´t even have the words to explain all my emotions because honestly there are sooooooooo many. First of all, Mexico is not at all what I expected... It's great, but things are VERY VERY different. I had no idea that once I got here, I would have to wash all my clothes by hand... and let me tell ya, it's very hard work! So, this week, when you have to do so much laundry with your amazing huge washing machines, think of me down here in Mexico washing all of my clothes by hand, haha!

My companion and I stick out like crazy down here. My companion has natural red hair!!! And believe it or not, I am actually whiter than her, lol. So, whoever told me that there were a lot of white people in Guadalajara lied! Literally wherever we go people stare at us. They drive by super slow and just stare because we look so out of place. We may look out of place, but I know we are not out of place because God has called us to be here, and I know that's true with all my heart. People always ask us "hablan Español?" <"Do you speak Spanish?"> When we reply, they are always so surprised!

My Spanish is honestly not as bad as it could be. My trainer thinks that I will be 100% fluent in about 6 months! There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Honestly, the hardest part about being out here is the food... It's not bad at all! IT'S JUST SO MUCH FOOD AND WE HAVE TO EAT IT. We were at this member's house, and she gave me this giant bowl of soup, rice, and a ton of other stuff. I seriously could not eat it, and she thought I hated her food! Here in Mexico the people serve the food for you, and you have no control over how much they give you. So, I eat as much as I can, and if I can´t eat anymore I just try and say that I am a really small person and hope they understand. A quote from a lady last week "You are as skinny as your Book of Mormon!" So yeah, SOS.

My area is a city... I don´t know how else to describe it? I have to take 4 buses every day to get to my area and back because my companion and I still do not have a house! We have walked every street in our area and there is nothing! SO, we just pray that as we work we can be blessed, and I know we will find one in God´s timing.

This week the love from the members down here has absolutly blown my mind. Our small little branch had testimony meeting with maybe max 60 people. And we ended up going about 30 minutes over because SO many people wanted to share their testimony of the gospel. Husband and wife, hand in hand, would go up together and wait for eachother to share their loving testimonies for our Savior Jesus Christ. I was so moved by this expereience and started thinking about how unlikley it is to have such a small branch be full of such strong members. But, God calls the unlikely to do the impossible. I may stick out here, and I may not speak the language very well (and all these things make ME the unlikely), but God has called me to a work, and I will do all it takes to become the best I can. SO, as you go through your week, please remember that God knows what your situation is. God knows, and he has put you there for a reason. Please know how much I love each of you! Thank you for all the love and support and emails. I know the church is true, and I know that through Jesus Christ all things are possible. I know it's a little late, but if any of you would like to join me in reading the book of Luke (24 chapters, 24 days in December 'till Christmas) you can! Focus on the Savior, and I know your lives will be blessed. Now is a time for service, and now is the time for our Savior.

Love, Hermana Lindsay
(Sorry no pics but next week for sure!)


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