Greetings from the Centro de Capicitacion Misional Mexico! The stay here has been quite the unique one to start my mission. I have had tons of opportunities to give lessons in Spanish to all sorts of different people that they have had us practice with, hear from great speakers throughout the stay, and be able to celebrate Christmas! Sometimes the work here is challenging from giving about 8 lessons a week when you don't know perfect Spanish and learning how to do everything else as a missionary, but for myself very fortunately the transition wasn't too difficult for some things. The environment here is great with a really nice campus, some teachers have said it's the nicest in the country too!
It has been cool to be able to learn from authentic Mexicans with everything we have been doing. Our classes and all the different things we do are more realistic because you get the chance to talk to Latinos all the time, haha. One of our teachers brought in this big inflatable snowman to have in our classroom for Christmas time, so we still get to have a little Christmas fun. I have a companion who didn't know any Spanish before leaving for his mission and doesn't love to prepare all the time, but it has been an opportunity for myself to teach him and help us both progress in different ways.
It is interesting to be right in the middle of this Mexican culture in our own little bubble in the CCM. Outside people are shooting off fireworks and different things all the time! They sound exactly like the hunger games cannon and we make jokes about it all the time.
One thing they have us to for practicing teaching is a weekly meeting where they set up a stranger to come in to the CCM (A member or not) and have us teach them a lesson. The first time we did this we talked to a guy who spoke Spanish really fast and it was hard to understand him at times, but we could still understand enough and the Spirit helped us give a lesson about the restoration and talk about the Book of Mormon being translated from the Golden plates. We often are able to teach more than we think we can. I am thankful to be able to have growing experiences often like this!
From our classes, study time, and giving lessons we have a lot of different things to do often and it can be hard but line upon line we are able to grow and truly see the progress in ourselves. It is a blessing to be able to teach Mexicans and Latinos in my mission because of how kind and receptive they are. I enjoy being able to progress like this and the Lord is always with you helping you with whatever it is you need. Next week I ship out to the motherland of Oregon! It was lucky to spend a part of winter down here where the weather is awesome, haha. I feel like over this stay in the CCM my spanish has of course grown and I have become a better teacher and missionary which I know will continue to happen.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!