Week #84 – Hello From Mexicali!- August 15th, 2016

Contacting on the Bus!
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Zone Conference

Hello from Mexicali!!! Transfers came and I’m so stoked to now be in Mexicali with Elder Arnell from Meridian, Idaho! So excited to be working in this Zone with such incredible missionaries!

It is hot, hot, hot here in Mexicali. I was frying my buns off my bike seat this whole week! But so much fun. We worked so hard. I have NEVER been more tired than I was this week. I have been dead with Elder Arnell. I don’t know if its the sun or if its my new bike, or what’s up but man it was a tiring week.

ELDER ARNELL!! He is an awesome guy. We were trying to figure out the whole week if we had some friends in common but until now the only person we know in common is Liam Looney from soccer, hahah. We’re having an awesome time though! It’s so much fun working here. The members are great, the ward is great, they gave me a few minutes yesterday in sacrament to introduce myself and I got the chance to share my testimony, and win them over talking a little about soccer 😀 But ITs great here!

Hmm, Mexicali… Its a lot different than Tijuana. The people are a little bit more open. It’s a little bit nicer than Tijuana, like a little less humble, but there are still some humble spots. We’re on bikes now, which is a blessing and a curse because we spend a ton of time fixing flat tires, putting the chain back on, and the traffic here in mexico is always crazy so riding bikes on the street is such an adventure. We have a lot of good investigators here, and a lot of good things going! The zone is bigger than my last zone so that is cool. My grandson (the missionary that Elder Bracho trained) is in the zone. It’s pretty funny to see how he teaches because its just like how I taught Elder Bracho! So crazy to see that. He is actually from Preston Idaho too, but was born in Peru, so cool. Also the 3 Americans that came out with me in the MTC are all here in Mexicali!!

Mexicali is split up into 2 stakes, one is Mexicali stake, and one is Los Pinos stake. I’m in Los Pinos, but our ward is called Justo sierra. Actually a family in Olivos, the brother he was the Stake Presidente here so he told me a lot of cool stuff before I came.

Supposedly Mexicali has the best Chinese food in all of mexico, hahah who knows I haven’t tried it yet. Its also the capital of Baja California so there is a lot more government buildings and stuff. Our chapel is like right downtown which is fun. It’s hard though because its like a 40 min bus ride, and it is really hard to get investigators to church.

This week Elder Arnell lost his front wheel and fell super hard, I was dying laughing, but karma came around when 2 days late my handlebars flew off and at the same time my chain, so I pushed really hard on the pedals and lost my balance but the handlebars were broken so I flew over the handlebars and fell off right in the middle of the street. HAHA so funny. It was a fun week.

THE HEAT!!!!!!!!!!!! ITS SO HOT, like I’m getting use to it but man its really hot. When you open the faucet in the morning hot water comes out just because of all the pipes. Our air conditioning works like mas o menos but we are doing great. Riding on the bikes is like riding in a sauna. One interesting thing is everyone goes everywhere and carries with them like rags for the sweat. So like people just carry these rage because its sooooooo hot. It was 115 the first week and is usually 110 -112 most days. We bike like 100 yards, then go into a gas station and get water, bike a 100 yards, gas station and so on. The gas stations are really cold so it is so nice to go in.

I’m doing great though! SO stoked to be here. There are so many blessings here that the lord gives us for working here. A common phrase people say he is … “It gets hotter here that it does in the sahara desert.” Haha 2 weeks ago it broke a city record and was 132 degress before miday.

Pretty sizzling, but all the more reason for people to jump into the baptism font 😀


Elder Woods


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