Sister Melanie Hickman, from Chico California

Sister Melanie Hickman, from Chico California is serving an 18 month mission in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Week 37: I love Tapachula! Aging? no hablo English:)

Hi All!
Were you alone on the bus to Tapachula or did you go with other missionaries?
No there was about 7 of us one of my old companions

Who is your new companion?  Where is she from? and how long has she been out?  what are you enjoying most about her?
Sister H... she is from Tijuana, Mexico. She only has 2 transfers left on her misión. She is AMAZING! I love her to death and every minute of every day we are laughing and smiling.

Tell us about your new area.  How is Tapachula different than Tuxtla?  What do you like best?
 Our área is like 5 or 6 or 7 miles long. It is super hot and rains a lot. In Tapachula we almost never get our mail until way late and we don´t have very many things like books of Mormon and cards to contact people.

What 5 things made you smile this week?
1.My district leader is Johnny´s (a good family friend) twin but for REAL.
2. One of my first contacts was a man from Africa and he only speaks English.  We taught him in the park today and I could not remember English.
3. People have told me I look like I´m 29 years old.
4. My first lesson  here there were 2 rats in the house:)
5. Our misión leader has a moto with a cart in front. When he went on visits with us we rode in the cart.
6. We have a bat in our back yard that enters our house sometimes (I´m not going to send pics of our house to you mom ever.... :))))
7. My companion for something different every day!!!!!

I noticed on the map that you are now very close to Guatemala border.  Do you interact with Guatemalans ? 

How was your new ward?  How many members?
  148 members came to church this week. This Sunday was their first week in there new chapel. It is soooo pretty.... prettier then any chapel in the United states......!!!!!!! The members are super sweet!

Do you have a big teaching pool or are you starting from ground zero?
No we have a whole bunch and we have a family that is going to be baptized this Saturday!

Wow everyone Í don´t know where to start.... I have had any amazing week and it seems crazy that I´m on the down hill of my mission. I hope it never ends. Thank you for the many prayers.... they sure have helped. I love you all! The church is true and the book is blue!

Thank you so much for worrying about me. I´m doing great! I want to thank you both for your examples sometimes we have to help old married people because there don´t get along but I always come up with things to say because of all you have taught me. I love you both SOOOOOO much and think about you often but please know I´m super happy! I learned something this week as we were teaching about the Plan of Salvation and I told the investigator that we needed to be away from the presence of God to learn things and for our faith to grow.  It hit me that I´m doing the same on the mission, I´m away from you both but I´m learning so much!
I love you All!

Hermana HIckman

1 comment:

  1. My son, Elder Murdock, just got to Mexico and Tapachula is his first area! I love to read these Tuxtla missionary blogs. Thanks for sharing!