The purpose of this blog is to highlight the beautiful city of Guadalajara; the faithful members, the valiant missionaries who serve here, as well as the people, culture, and food.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Barra de Navidad Branch Conference

We had our Barra de Navidad Branch Conference today in the neighboring pueblo of Cihuatlan.
It took about 45 minutes to get there, from our hotel, and as we pulled into the pueblo, there were people everywhere gathered into groups with colorful costumes and varied accessories. Some were on horses, some in wagons, there were musicians and pull carts. They were wearing all kinds of different hats, and boots, vests, or bright colored shirts with lettering.  We remembered that yesterday, as we drove into town, we saw what we now understand was the rehearsal for today, because they had group leaders holding big signs that said from between this year date to this year date, gather here.  They were getting ready for their celebration of the Mexican Revolution.

Anyway, it was very very crowded as we got into Cihuatlan. We had planned to meet Elder  Mora and Elder Sanchez, who are serving in Cihuatlan at the entrance of the pueblo.  We didn’t even see them, standing on the corner and passed right by them.  They saw us drive by and hurried and caught the next bus and called us so we could pull over.  They hopped in and President Clayton said, let me see if I can remember where this House of Prayer is by myself. They sat in the back seat just smiling as we turned here and there, making a few U turns, and finally finding it. :)

The zone leaders were already there, and about 30 members from both Barra de Navidad and Cihuatlan.  We recognized many of them from previous conferences. The District Presidency came as well, President Rios and his counselors.

We had a nice meeting. President Clayton’s third hour teaching was wonderful.  After the meeting, the little grandma who lives across the street from the zone leaders in Barra de Navidad, motioned for me to come over to her and took her necklace right off her neck and gave it to me.  I tried to say, no no, but she insisted and put it in my hand.
Bless her sweet heart.
We had a wonderful visit.

Here are some pictures from our day.

President Clayton readying in the morning sunlight.

Can you see both of the iguanas?  One on top of the bush,
and the green one on the yellow curb.

Gorgeous, gorgeous vistas.

I popped in to visit with the Primary for a few minutes

A quick picture for our mission history

Zone Leader Elder Barrera, Elder Mora
President and I, Zone Leader Elder Torres, 
and Elder Sanchez.

President Clayton with the Barra de Navidad
Branch Presidency.  

A quick ride home with the wash bucket

ok... I loved this mother hen with her 8 chicks
scurrying back and forth in and out of the church gate.

Great day.