Monday, February 8, 2016

The potato is coming! Oh wait... I mean the Pope!

Dear Family and Friends,

Image result for pope francis visits mexico 2016To explain the title here, I`d like to point out that the only difference between potato and the Pope in Spanish is the little word you use before ("la papa" = potato, "el Papa" = the Pope), and to an English-speaker learning Spanish, the difference can be confusing!  But in all seriousness, this coming week the Pope is coming to visit here in Ecatapec (the county/colonia where I am right now) and there has been a lot of excitement.  School is being canceled, missionaries are being taken out of their areas, and people are setting up tents outside of the Basilica de Guadalupe!  Everybody loves the Pope!  Also, this past week, on the 2nd of February, we saw lots of people walking around with Babie dolls of the Christ child, because it`s a tradition among the Catholics here to dress up a Baby Jesus (with a crown, throne, etc.) and take it to a chapel on the 2nd of February.  I`m still not sure what the doctrinal basis of this tradition is, but it was a pretty big event this week.  

When we get crazy.  Because really,
missionaries ARE crazy.

In other news, we didn`t have a wedding this past week, but we`re looking forward to a wedding and a couple of baptisms this coming week, and for that we are VERY EXCITED.  In fact, it`s hard to explain in words how happy it makes Hermana Saylor and me that these people are making these important changes/decisions in their lives!  

Also, I just wanted to share with you all my love for Christ`s Sermon on the Mount, which can be found in the book of Matthew in the Bible, or in 3 Nephi in the Book of Mormon, and which is WONDERFUL.  I especially love His invitation to "consider the lilies of the field", and remember that if He can take care of these plants and give them the nourishment and life that they need, He can surely take care of us if we put our confidence in Him and "seek first the kingdom of God".  I invite you all to review this potent passage, and think about how you can apply it in your life and receive the blessings of a loving Heavenly Father.

That`s all for now folks!

Lots of Love,
Hermana Houghton

P.S.  I almost forgot to tell you about the time we were turbo-walking down the street one evening and we went to step over a hole in the ground, and then a hand came out of the whole in the ground because a child was climbing out of it.  We may or may not have shrieked a bit and then continued turbo-walking. :D

Snoopy, the dog that lives at the church and thinks he deserves to be let inside the chapel, and who gets really sad when we leave him outside.

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