|The War reinactment|
|A birthday Wish to Mom|
Okay so here's what went down this week.
VIVA MEXICO!!!!! Ixtapan goes nuts for 16 de Septiembre.
So Martes (wednesday) it all started, the whole pueblo went down to the centro (where we work) and started drinking and there were dances and lots and lots and lots of people. But it didn't get too crazy and we got into the house at 9 fine. It was kinda frustrating because all day 15th and 16th we didn't have ANY appointments becuase everyone had plans to celebrate.
So here in Ixtapan they have the Grito (cry) in the center at about midnight (which was when Miguel Hidalgo yelled Viva Mexico and all that to rally the people to fight against the Spainards)
and then started the fireworks, all night they were going off.
But the 16th is when it got crazy. The streets are FILLED with people, they come from all over, all the little pueblos around Ixtapan, because Ixtapan is famous for their reinactment of the guerra (war).
The parade started at about 11 and we couldn't cross the streets because of how many people there were. so we just contacted all the families we could find. and watched the parade a little bit, it's super cool. Tons of people dress up like indians or farmers or spainards and dance around in the street. But they light off these musketes, literally I thought I was going to go deaf. I might have a little bit.
And it's super dangerous because they just hold these things up with their hands and they could explode whenever, and if they put too much powder in they brake open.
Bueno, then started the guerra. Here in Ixtapan they do a reinactment of the war, but with avacados and tomatoes and limes and whatever type of food you could throw. So they built a wood castle in the street and just go at it, the farmers and the indians against the españolas. It was ridiculous and super funny to watch. Because EVERYONE is completely drunk and just chucking avacados at each other, it was quite an experience.
But at night got a little dangerous, because everyones been drinking since el15 in the night, so there were lots of borrachos (drunks) trying to follow us. We called the elders and had them accompany us until finally got into the house at 9.
So that was the experience. honestly it was hilarious but also kinda sad, because I don't like seeing young moms totally drunk holding their babies in one arm and a cerveza in the other. Because they grow up thinking its fine and totally normal.
Okay also other sad news, Alexis didn't get baptized this week. His parents wouldn't sign the cedula. So we have to keep talking with them and try to convince them to let him get baptized. A little frustrating, He's awesome and has a really strong testimony, but his parents aren't giving him the agency to make this decision. :( we can only keep trying and pray.
We've been working lots with Josefina and her family, she's an awesome investigator, super excited to hear about the plan of salvation because her husband died less that a year ago. My favorite part of missionary work is helping people understand the plan that our Father has for us, and I love watching them start to really get the atonement, and what it means in our lives.
Love you all TONS.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!! seems like you had lots of fun in vegas :)