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February 21, 2013
First thing's first: I am, as the rumors report, in México. My plane left from O'Hare at 1:50 on Monday and, after spending some time in Houston, arrived in Villahermosa around 10:00. I found that my new area is called Reforma in the state of Chiapas. Apparently it's some 300 kilometers across (for you Gringos reading this, that's a long ways), the largest area in the mission. My new trainer is called Elder Martinez and he's Ecuadorian. We are living with a very nice (Catholic) family. Because the city of Reforma is home to a huge PeMex (again for you Gringos, that's the Mexican government's oil company) facility, it is fairly well off as this part of the world reckons things (still don't have warm running water in our bathroom, though). Of course, another consequence of the PeMex facility is that the water in the city isn't safe for anyone to drink (not just us Gringos), so everything is bottled. So far, even though everyone keeps complaining about the cold, the weather reminds me of southern Missouri in mid-July. It's hot, it's humid and nobody has air conditioning (except us in our room, and even though we don't spend a lot of time there, it's nice to sleep in the cool). Also, one of the branch members is a professional ice cream/popsicle maker who loves to give us paletas to eat. I still have a lot of things to get adjusted to: the way we work here is a lot different that the way we did things in Chicago (and it's in Mexico), so I need to learn a new way of doing things. I'll send some more information on Preparation Day on Monday, but in the meantime, here's my address:
Misión México Villahermosa
Av. Circuito Cd. Deportiva N° 206
Col. Atasta C.P 86100
That's the mission office where they forward my mail; I don't know how long it will take letters to get to me, so date any letters you send me so I can give you that information (I'll do the same).
Love from,
Elder Bryan Hall
posted at: 14:25 |

Bryan Elliot Hall St. Peters, Missouri 

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