Thursday, December 23, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Letter from 12/20/10

Sorry it took so long to get this one posted.

hey mom. so i hope your all doin great. its probably crazy right now
gettin ready for christmas. it should be fun here. we´ll just be visiting tons a familys then to some members. so on the 25th you can call me at 1230 our time. noon 30. and dont be
late. ha maybe 15 min early if the lines free in time but i doubt it. i think were in the same time zone but double check. the numbers just a members house. the family delgado.
anyway. this week has been good. we are heading to the chrismas thing on wed. with the whole city and ill get my package!!! whoot whoot. ha. sounds like elder jolley is doin good and just havin tons of fun with the new
comp hahah. i know how that is.
anyway. not much new. we just played soccer thismorning with a bunch of mexican kidds from the ward and it was way fun. after we went and made french toast and sister delgado went to texas and brought me a box of
captin cruch. it was the best gift ever. hahah they dont sell it here. impossable to find...... freakin sweet. now were gonna head to a meeting so i hope to talk to you soon. love you
talk to you saturday!

also saturday we did service at an old folks home haha that was run by
nuns. they didnt let us talk to anyone hahah but we got some good
cleaning done in caterayta.

love nate

PostHeaderIcon Missionary Mom Poem

Joni has a new pen pal, Melissa Jolley, she is another missionary mom from Nate's mission. They talk all of the time and she sent Joni this poem. Joni wanted me to post it. Enjoy!

A Missionary Christmas (author unknown)

I skipped the sales after Thanksgiving. The thrill just wasn't there.
No pictures taken with Santa Claus, My decorating has no flair.
His presents are shoes, shirts, and ties, two suits and fun.
I've bought him all white clothes because... This year I'm giving Christ my

I've spent more time in the temple, my testimony stirred.
I've reread November's Ensign, Felt strength come from His words.
Our family prays more frequently. My tears are quick to run.
Abraham seems closer because, This year I'm giving Christ my son.

I wonder how those Lamanite mothers, gave their sons to war?
Or how the pioneers chose Zion , their sacrifice was so much more.
My loss will be his presence, I'll miss his smile a ton
For two years we will pray for him, I'm giving Christ my son.
I stare at his face when he's not looking. I memorize his eyes, their
He's always hungered for the part of him, that makes his soul divine.
The stories and lessons he always heard, His choice and mine are one.
I'll put my faith in God's hand, This year, I'm giving Him my son.

Past gifts have lost their glitter; I think I finally understand
Christ's birth should be celebrated by giving Him a hand.
It's because I know Christ lives and reigns that all his packing's done.
My gift has taken years to make, This year... I'm giving Christ my son.

I know there's One who understands, the sacrifice I'm making.
Who knows the gift I willingly give, The toll it will be taking.
For He has done it all before, Greater love - there could be none.
For years ago God gave to me, His only begotten son.

The hands I washed, the hands I held, The hands I taught to pray;
Now knock on doors to find the ones Who will listen to what he'll say.
Because I know Christ needs him, Until all the gathering's done,
My gift has taken years to make. This year...I'm giving Christ my
Thursday, December 16, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Letter from 12/13/10

hey mom. hey dad. hey family.
so this week has been good. we had some good investigators show up to church
also funny story. so this week we went to bed like thursday night or
so. and we go in.. close the door... say our prayers and im like oh. i
gotta pee. so i get up. and walk to the door and turn the know.
anddddd it moves but the handle doesnt work. now the doors here are
ghetto. and so after an hour and a half of trying different ways to
get out of this door without destroying it and we finially have to
give up. there is no way anyway will be getting into this house to
open it or anything. so i did it like brad. and punched a hole through
it so i could reach the other doorknob. which ended up not working
either. in the end we wripped a foot of the door and the whole handle
out of it so we could open the door and get out. man i had to pee by
the time we got that open hahaha crazy so that was the adventure of
the week.
we went and sang in a park this weekend with a bunch of little kids for
one of the other areas. it was pretty fun. me and this other kid did a
solo in spanish. ha it was chill.
christmas will be fun too. we will have a meeting on the 22 with all
the mishionaries in the city and then on christmas we will be with a
family from five till ten and then on new years too. appearently you
guys are supposed to call us. at the church or possibly a members
house on christmas. ill have to let you know. appearently its a rule
we only get 40 mins now just fyi.
anyway. think thats all. love you. talk to you soon.
love nate

dont worry mom. i know how to mop like a champ

oh and then one of the guys in my district we were at the church for
an interview last friday of the guy that got baptised and the elder in
my district after the investigators had left just decideds to have a
minute long sezure. it was crazy were just like holdin him and hopin
he doesnt die. theres nothin we can do. it all came out good though.
that was fun hahah hes good ish now
Monday, December 6, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Letter from 12/06/10

oh so we had a baptism this weekend his name is jose angel. hes awesome. his brother is a member in tx and hes just solid. he just sits and testifies all the time to his wife that its the true church and that she and the kids all need to be baptised haha its pretty cool. so its perfect here like 50 degrees hahah

merry christmas nate!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Letter from 11/22/10

hey mom so if you wanna google earth my house so you can look at it. i live here

ruperto martinez lozano #205 (thats the street)

infonavit Reforma (thats like the colony. or neighborhood. i dunno how to explain it)

Juarez, Nuevo Leon 67250 (city, state zip.)

the house is the third from the corner and its orangish pinkish.

anyway. so im still gonna stay here in tamaulipas for the time being. ill be here for a bit at least untill january! im pretyy excited to be able to be in my area for christmas and new years. itll be sweet. plus we have finially found somemore success and we should be having some good baptisms in december. we have some great investigators right now. no the nineyear old with the coffee problem got dropped. he hasnt gone to church so we dont have time to teach him anymore. his parrents are sacs cuz him and his sister rock but they dont ever go to church so they cant get baptised. elder morley and i will still be hanging out here together teachin. its really good. hes really chill and we have tons of fun. it makes the mish fun to have a good comp.

i bet the weekend was fun. im so so so jelous there is a foot and a half in the valley right now. i would be skiing my butt off. i miss that a tonnnnnn skiin with mikey. that was the bomb. its like 90 degrees today. really hot.... it sucks haha

utah better finish strong. or ill be mad.

well thats about all the updates i have. oh we were in the supermarket today and all the sudden this girl walked up to us and started speakin perfect english with like a missouri accent i was like what the. wheres ashton. am i being punked...... hahaha she was like so whats mormonism.... haha and lives right by us. she moved to missouri when she was six and now moved back here just barely at like 23 so should be good she was way cool. it was weird explaining the gosple in english. she speaks both but i think she likes english more and only wanted us to speak english ha. anyway. talk to you soon love you all.

love, nate

Thursday, November 18, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Letter from 11/15/10

So Nate has sent letters last week and this week but they really haven't included much info - mostly stuff he needs. Here is all I could really pull out of the letters. :)

hey mom. so sounds like you guys have been having some fun and the game was fun at notre dame even if we just got killed. still was probably a good trip. i like it back east cuz its so pretty. i loved our boston trip. that was way cool. thanksgiving. ha no. were not doing a thing. ha we{ll be working thats about it. and i dunno if ill be leaving before christmas. ill know next week if im gonna stay here or get sent somewhere else.

had zone conference which was nice and stake conference. president walker spoke at both and at stake the new temple prez spoke. it was pretty cool. he was way good. anyway. gonna run love you.

love nate

Monday, November 1, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Letter from 11/01/10

so sounds like everyone is doing good. it was good to see the picture. looks like mike is just gettin taller and taller. brads got himslelf a new little woman. and heber is just still heber at lake powel with cowboy boots haha. crazy kid. just look like i got replaced hahah its good. at least you need three people to take my place. and tell emmerson to stop workin out. that kid is huge. the week has been long though. we will be having a baptism this weekend. a guy named jorge. hes super humble. were hopin to have alot of work in november. it was tough though this week. all the lessons dropped for three days strait and noone wanted to go to church at the end of the week. it was terrable. a super long week but its all good. halloween was fine. we went and ate some pan de muerto (bread of the dead) in the night and some hot chocolate even though its like 80 degrees out everyone has put on sweaters. crazy.its november and were sweating out side. my english is getting worse. ive forgotten quite a few words in english. the ones you use alot in spanish now ive forgotten them in english. or its just really really weird to say it in english. its nice though having an american companion. we have alot of good laughs. especially someone from sandy ut. just the exact same humor most the time. theres alot of great members in this area and weve been trying to get the young men to go with us alot to the lessons and teach with us. its been good. anyway

president walker has been changing alot of stuff in the mission its way nice. just been making it into a great mission. elder morley and are betting hes gonna be an apostle one day haha

ha sorry i thought i sent titles for the pictures one is of me and elder jolley at the y. its that transit system above our heads thats like a rail way or somethin. we saw each other in transfer day. it was sweet. one with elder morley and i making french toast, and one of elder morley standing outside our house with the garbage man going by hahah in his horse drawn carrage.

elder jolleys mom is hillarous. she just sends us the funniest randomest stuff.

sounds like im missing one of if the the best year for the utes ever. thats awesome and tcu. go both of em. boise state. alright.

florida who? alabama who? oklahoma who? byu who? ha. thanks for the low down mom.

i gotta run. ill talk to you soon. love you all very much.

love nate.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Letter from 10/25/10

so hows everyone doin. its doing good here. almost dropping below 90 now haha.

the football sounds like it is going amazing. ive gotta be missing just a great year i guess. number eight. whew. that{ll be an amazing game vs tcu. its a good thing its at home. i hope they do good. sounds like your all just having tons of fun back there. i hope that aunt judy will feel better soon. and granny too. hope they get well sooooon.

but yeah. its been good as a companionship. elder morley is pretty funny. no new bapts but we are definately working for it. hoping to have quite a few this month to come. theres some awesome people here. yeah the food is always terrable hahah we did make some french toast though this weekend. it was amazing. perfect. best day in mexico ever.

anyway. sounds like espn is just doin awesome. hope to hear from you all soon.

love nate

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Letter from 10/18/10

its good to hear that the utes are killing it this year. just destroying everyone. tcu will be a tougher game but thats about it looks like they are gonna finish amazingly. top ten for sure. thank you very much for the update.souns like im missing an awesome season!

anyway its been goin good here. my new companion is elder morley. he went to jordan high actually 08 and westminster playin lax. pretty cool kid. this transfer will be fun. he just has ten months on the mish and i now have eight. were both pretty young. but its good to have him as a comp. still in the same area. i have like 4 months here. i hope to be here one more transfer after this so i can be here with all my converts and stuff through christmass. that would be sweet.

one of my converts is a man named carlos. he got outta prison and turned his life around. baptised two of his kids last month and now just gave his son the preisthood. it was so cool. honestly just awesome. now they are both gonna be passin the sacrament. and they go do baptisms for the dead all the time.

anyway. i love you all. thanks for everything. talk to you soon.

love nate

Monday, October 11, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Letter from 10/04/10

Sorry Dave and Joni were out of town last week so I just got the letter today.

hey mom so this week has been good. we got to baptise a girl named reyna. shes the sister of hugo and daniela and daughter of mary that were just baptised on the fifth of september. it was sweet. we had to put our hard hats on for this one. two hours before the baptism. the drainage system for the font was backed up. so we spent the next two hours draining, cleaning, and getting this font ready. it took some work but in the end it all was good and the baptism was great. conference was good. its kinda hard in spanish cuz the jokes and stuff and voices obviously dont transfer over and its just not the same but its super good still. sounds like youve been havin fun on your cruise. sam can dribble ten times!! thats so cool. high five to sam. ha and ellie the little dancer. que bueno. bout time mike gets some good grades haha. tell him to keep that up then. and brad just workin away. its probably pretty cool workin at harley. seein all the new stuff all the time and havin the sweet bikes in and out.

im super excited to get to go to the cabin and use it in the winter. and the summer. thats gonna be sweet. i love it up there. i think im a mountain person myself. it just feels weird that theres no canyons and all that stuff here.

well so its transfers again. this one went super fast cuz it was super fun. elder wakefield is leaving and going to reynosa. and im stayin here. and and elder named elder morley is comin here. hope hes cool and a solid baptiser. this last transfer we got blessed. insanely. oxto fruit co has come to a close. should be fun though the next transfer will be on november 22 and then through christmas till jan 3 so since im stayin here i sure hope they dont transfer just before christmas away from the ward ive been in for five months ha. oh well. anyway love you all thanks for the letter. hope your havin fun on the cruise.

love. nate

PostHeaderIcon Letter from 10/10/10

hey mom hey fam.

so its been good here. conference rocks. its not the same in spanish though. their voices just have so much power to them i love listening to packard and to monson and eyering. they are deff my faves. but i really liked hollands talk. and the one from uchdorf in priesthood. they were really gooood. anyway. this week has been good. it was a little slow for work but we had a conference and presidend walker is great just is getting us excited. and really has the focus on baptism and the book of mormon. the way it should be. we want to baptise every week and should be able too. pen palls with mamacita jolley! haha shes a funny lady. exact humor as elder jolley. she told me that the jazz are goin throwback on the uniforms, sweet. the viper may be discontinued. not sweet. whats up with that! oh and so how have the utes been. i want a game by game update who have we played what are the scores. mike. get on that. or drew. whoever. haha. anyway. i gotta run but how was your cruise. i wanna go back east some time. id like to see more of that. i loved boston and salem and all that. its so perty there. especially in the fall. anyway. love you so much. talk to you soon. hope you toook pics!



Monday, September 27, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Letter from 9/27/10

so the week has been pretty good. this weekend will be conference which i am super super excited for. that will be awesome. i never realised how awesome conference is till i saw it in the mtc and now its the highlight of the year. my comp and i are doin great. its been rainy here this week and mexico has no gutter system so when it rains theres always like a foot of water in the street. and our roof leaks. ive gotten to the point that i just buy cereal and pb and js now and the tacos. its like 80 degrees today and im in heaven and all the mexicans have sweaters on haha.

love you all tons. love you

love nate

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Letter from 9/20/10

so this is our awesome picture that was after we had our baptism this week of this kid named abraham who satan was just trying to destroy. we didnt even get the sighnature or aproval from his mom until an hour before church. freaking miracle. so we ate campachanas and coke after and partied hahah what up. hight five. this is my comp elder wakefield btw. pretty chill. wake is almost the same as the word for ox in spanish. buey and free. just add a to to the end. frito. so we go by ox and to. (pronounced tow) ha and we call it oxto fruit co....... worldwide.... wide wide wide.

anyway.... hahah so ya we have definately seen the blessings here its been great. weve had six baptisms this month and ive had nine in this are total. tell grandma that i get all her hand written letters and thank you a ton they are amazing. tell abby and tyler congrats thats so cool they are gonna be sealed. i love the temple. still havent gone here though which is pretty sad. man i cant wait to see elder jolly again i gotta give that chap a hug. hes the funniest kid i know. i think that mexico is a completely diffent type of mission than others. they are all different but mexico especially. the corruptoin in this area is so great. everyone is living with people that they arent married to. kids at 14. drugs. gangs. its outta this world. it just makes it awesome to see people get baptised and become members. still no packages haha

anyway gotta run. love you all and thanks for all you do for me hhave done and continue to do. love you

love nate

aka elder to

´pss sorry if i havent written any hand letters to anyone. because the pres hasnt gone to the other side he hasnt sent any cards either and so we havent had any mail sent out or anthing come in from there so it may be some time if you want some letters from me sorry. just keep following the blog!

ps tell lisa hi for me mom. thanks. oh and mo matthews thanks for the great letters

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Letter from 9/13/10

hey everyone. just rained once this weeki here. just heat still ya and this weekend the guy that i baptised that just got outta prison three months ago just baptised his two kids cuz he just got the priesthood. it was sweet. coolest ever. they are named karla and eduardo or lalo and the dad is carlos. sounds like you have had some awesome parties. i hate the fair but i actuall wish i could go. im so sick of mexican food. nothing is the same here. even the doritos suck in mexico haha so we just end up eating street tacos and campachanas or burritos or trompo like three or four times a week. that stuff is soooooo goooood. but we eat just stew crap every day. mexans eat so much stew. i dont want another stew so long as i live. that or tortillas. even though im slightly addicted to tortillas now. thats awesome to hear that abby and tyler are getting sealed finially. i wish i could be there. tell them im there in spirit. haha and its good to hear about heber. love you

love nate

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Letter from 9/6/10

my new companion is elder wakefield from california. hes way chill. pretty fun and i think were gonna have alot of success for sure. just had three baptisms this weekend. that was sweet. it was a lady named mari, and her kids hugo. who is fourteen and her daugheter daniela who is nine. i gotta baptise the mom and daniela and a kid from the ward baptised hugo. it was awesome. she is terrorfied of the water and was gripping my arm like crazy but was super brave and super awesome. were trying to baptise every week this transfer. theres two kids. karla, lalo, and then other brothers serjio and abraham and we should be baptising them soon it{ll be sweet. its cooling down a bit. only like 105 every day hahah. but im having alot of fun with my new comp. he-s pretty funny

elder jolleys mom is the best. mamcita jolley. tell her thanks for the letters. she even sent me a birthday card too. so tell her. thanks for me and ill try and write her soon. its tough to write cuz they still havent gone to the us so i dunno how else to send a card from here. we{ll have to figure it out sometime. but tell her thank you for me and thanks for the letter and that elder jolley is awesome and one of the funniest and nicest people i know. super awesome friend. ha for sure we{ll give them a ride in the cars when i get back and ya the food still is terrable. we ate the same two thinks for four meals and then it was just plain crap today so we ate what little we could and were gonna go eat tacos and burritos later. they are always good here. amazing. like twice a week we get tacos from some stand. ha ya i heard that e jolley got here too finially and its good to hear. were finially all in mexico. i just took six months to do so. love you. nate

PostHeaderIcon Letter from 8/30/10

so i got a transfer. elder mireles is going to leave and head to an area called paradise ha here. ya. and im gonna stay. an elder named elder wakefield is coming here and ive heard hes a pretty funny and good elder so im excited for the change. just had a baptism this weekend with a lady named anamaria gale ramirez. or mariana. she is great. will be super strong. and we get to have another three baptisms this weekend! ya. a kid named hugo. 14 his little sister daniela 9 and mom mary. i will be in this area for the next four months most likely. if im hear in december i hope i stay through christmas to have it here. it wouldnt be cool to change right before christmas! so ill have six to eight months in this area most likely. its good. the member are great. just is huge. like an hour and a half to walk from one end to the other.

im glad to hear heber is home safe and sound . i feels like he just left. crazy. kade herbert only has six months left or so. and ive been out seven now.

love you all thanks for everything.

love you


PostHeaderIcon Letter from 8/23/10

hey mom and family. ha

this week has been ok. just working hard.

we have three baptisms in the next two weeks and three more the two weeks after that. it’ll be sweet. a lady named Mariana. and then a kid named Hugo and his mom marie. they’re way sweet.

recently ive decided that Mexico was made for short people. first cuz everyone is short but also everything is short. the ceilings, the trees, the doorways. but ive lost about 20 lbs i think since being here at least. haven’t measured of lately. but yesterday got attacked by a five inch cockroach. no joke. this thing was huge. ill have to send the pic. we have tons of them. its still insanely hot but the canicula is supposed to end the 24th so hope it’ll cool down. November and December it just gets freezing hear apparently. im super excited. ha-ha.

PostHeaderIcon Letter from 8/16/10

This week. a 10 year old made us food and it actually wasn’t bad. also with elder johns on exchanges i raced a drunk guy down the street to get him to stop drinking and he said he would but of course he was drunk the next day ha-ha. had tacos with the fam mancha and they rock. supper humble and poor but always help us and try and feed us. super awesome. love them. Anyway. got to take off. love you all soo much. thanks mom and dad for the awesome letters and getting all the stuff together and always loving me and showing me and providing for all of us. and working hard and teaching us how so that we can live a better life. anyway. talk to you soon. love you


PostHeaderIcon Letter from 8/9/10

i went on exchanges this week with elder johns for three days.. it was sweet. hes from springville. worked hard and had success so far. grabed a baptism for the 22. also he happened to leave the iron on and managed to start a small bonfire in the upstairs of their house. he just screamed fire!!! it was hillarious. i ran up with the garrafon. the big jugs of drinking water and put it out. it was hillarous. and just had a good time working with him. also i heard that the utes are now in the pac 10 to make it the pac 12!!!! sweeeeeeet. who else it in it? anyway. thats about it. just trying to work hard and get along my skin is terrable here though. pretty tan now but the heat and that just destroys my skin. anyway. im off love you all and miss you so much. and hope to hear from you soon.

love nate.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Letter from 8/2/10 - Happy Birthday Nate!!!!!!!

its crazy that im 20. the time went so fast from when i turned 16. highschool and life after flew. miss hanging with the family and skiing with my brothers and the neighborhood kids. ridin the bike. going to school. doing nothing all day with my friends and mike. bein a kid. family trips. days by the pool. the birthday was fine. i sang to myself. go me. thanks mom and dad for the package. it was awesome. the book is really great. and mike made i have come to the conclusion you have good taste in ties.

last night was fun as i was throwing up for about an hour. yay. maybe it was the cactus we ate.

it only took me a month here to find real milk. or the closest thing to it. the milk realy here sucks for the most part. its like drinking half and half. ive found a new colone. its called deet. deep forest scent. ladies love it. ha. i miss the temple too. going every week for almost five months you realize what a special place it is. how much ive learned there and the peace realy is amazing. its just a spiritual recharge. weve just been workin hard here. its alot of walkin in the heat. takes about an hour to walk from one of our area to the other. walking fast too. and we cant have bikes in this area cuz its too dangerous.

were teaching a really cool family too right now with two daughters ingry and fatima. theyre four and ten. and have a date for the 22.

anyway. im off. we only have an hour to email and write a letter to the pres so thats why i dont email everyone every week.

its ok to send letters to the office. its a little quicker i think. just barely. only its just cheaper to texas but packages send to texas only. especially if they have more than ten dollars of anything. plus its a ton cheaper. i really dont get time to write hand written letters but im gonna try and find time soon. love you all hope you all doing well.

love. nate

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Letter from 7-26-10

We baptized this weekend a guy named Carlos. he’s awesome. he just got outta prison a while ago and decided to turn his life around with the help of his brother in law and sister and family he’s awesome. 34 years old i think. and his nephew baptized him. rafita. ha. it means little rafiel. saddest part about Mexico is that there is tons of 7-11s but none hakve slurpies...... apostate if you ask me.

we live in an entirely concrete house that is more like an oven. the only benefit is you cant punch a hole in a concrete wall. ;) I usually have a rock or two in my pocket at all times too to throw at the dogs that occasionally attack us.

and Mexican people are funny. whenever they eat its like a race. just frantic. hands only ha-ha and they like to pet people. its weird....

oh and this week was awesome cuz they found like 63 bodies in a hole five minutes from our house that are all from the past two weeks. ah Mexico. but anyway. thanks all. thanks a ton. love you all and miss you all.

love Nate

The bodies of the 51 were found 5 minutes from Nate’s house thought you might be interested in this article.

July 25, 2010

Reporting from Mexico City —

Forensic workers have recovered 51 bodies, some burned and mutilated, from a mass grave believed linked to Mexico'sraging drug war, authorities said Saturday.

The site near a trash dump in the northern border state of Nuevo Leon is the second-largest clandestine grave found in recent weeks.

Nuevo Leon Gov. Rodrigo Medina said most of the dead were probably drug traffickers killed in fighting with rivals. But he acknowledged that the bodies had yet to be identified.

"They could have been people linked to organized crime, [killed in] a clash, in the war that the cartels are fighting among themselves," he told reporters.

"It undoubtedly shows the level of violence with which they confront each other."

At least three women were among the dead, authorities said, and the rest were men, aged between 20 and 50 and many bearing tattoos.

"The tattoos may tell us if they belonged to one group or the other," Adrian de la Garza, head of a state police agency, told Milenio television. DNA testing may be used to identify some of the dead, he added.

Some of the bodies were burned and some were dismembered. Several had their hands tied with rope or cords. They didn't appear to have been dead for more than 15 days, De la Garza said.

Digging began Thursday, when a military patrol reported seeing body parts and disturbed dirt in a field near the town of Juarez, and concluded Saturday. Workers used backhoes to move the earth and refrigerated trucks to hold the corpses.

De la Garza said several other graves appeared to be at the same site, suggesting that the number of dead could rise.

About 25,000 people have been killed since President
Felipe Calderon launched a military-led offensive against powerful drug cartels shortly after taking office in December 2006.

Calderon has said most of the dead are traffickers, but victims also include police, soldiers, mayors and civilians. Most killings are not investigated.

In late May, another mass grave, at an abandoned silver mine near the picturesque city of Taxco, yielded 55 bodies.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Letter from July 19th

its pretty hot here to say the least and figure we actually walk about 25-30 miles every day. whew. i hate the heat. but its gettin a bit better here. our area is huge. its the same size as my area was in the us but we dont have a car or bikes and too poor to use many busses or taxis. ha i dunno whats more dangerous being in the cars or walking. oh those shoes i sent home. i switched off every day for four months and they were toast and my eccos are like new. minus the leather a bit cuz the days that we walked in the rain for four days.

so did you guys finnish the cabin finially? i miss it up there. more than anything i miss hanging out with the family. if i could do anything more it would just be hang out with you guys doing nothing and eating like were good at. the food here isnt bad. sometimes its awesome sometimes your scared for your life. omaha. theres a song by the counting crows. somwhere in the middle of nowhere. mikes way fun to be with when hes not whining haha anyway. we had a baptism last week if i didnt tell you. im outta time but ill send pics next week. his name was jonothan reyes. way cool. 27 and was investigating for a year and 7 months haha thats cool about brother tuller. i love that temple so much. thats the thing i miss the most right now was goin to the temple every week for four months. love it there. can get you through everything that peace. anyway. love you all. thanks for everything. brooke edit this letter hahah oh and ive only thrown up like four times since ive been here. heat sucks. and love you.
love, nate

PostHeaderIcon Nate's Mailing Info

Thank you for all you have done to support Nate. Many of you have asked for his mailing address. You can send letters to him throught the pouch at the following address:

Elder Nathan Clair Free

Mexico Monterrey East Mission

POB 30150

Salt Lake City UT 84130-0150


Pouch Mail Instructions: To prevent possible fines, only postcards and letters that are single sheet, folded into three-panels, and taped at the top only (no envelopes) may be sent through the pouch.

Letters in envelopes and packages to the Mission must be mailed to the Mission Office at the following address:

Elder Nathan Clair Free

Mexico Monterrey East Mission

Cerralvo #134

Col. Libertad

67130 Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon


Phone: 52-81-8379-6858

If your family ships a package with a private courier, they will need the mission office telephone number indicated above.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Letter from July 5th

hey family so how are you. love you all.

im currently in guatalupe in monterrey in nuevo leon in mexico. in a little house in the tamaulipas branch. our house is orange. three rooms. two beds. a desk two chairs one dresser and a fridge or and a toilet with no seat and nice cold showers. awesome?

but its interesting here. i have kidds throw stuff at me every day. walk like 10-20 miles, in the hottest place you can imagine. take gold showers and sweat in my sleep and every other waking moment and sick every day. speaking of i was pretty sick this morning doin some good barfing and all that fun stuff. that was sweet. rained for three days strait here and washed away half the highways. and flooded tons of peoples houses like 3 feet in places. crazy. my companion is elder mirelez. doesnt speak a lick of english. makes things interesting and very frustrating at times to say the least. its hot too very hot. did i mention that? the people are great though minus the drivers haha they're all insane. my english gets worse and worse. thats about it. dont have any pictures yet cuz havent had the guts to take my camera with me anywhere. all i can say is im so greatful for the situation i live in with the people and family i have. and for the state and country im from. itll be interesting for the next 20 months.

hidey ho.

anyway. love you family. ps and friends ha

love nate(elder free)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Finally in Mexico!

so i am now in monterrey mexico. sitting in the office at the mission home. its like a little prison. in a good way. haha big gates. bunks and the courtyard. the works way cool. here till i think tomorrow when i will be sent out to my area. its crazy for sure. almost died ten times just driving to lunch and back. monterry is huge. and so pretty. the mountains are amazing. and its hot as satans armpit to quote elder kade herbert. loving it. went to bed last night at very late we´ll say. got two hours of sleep. and flew here through dallas. awesome stuff. this place just makes me smile. its amazing. im pretty lost when ten people are yelling at once and some guy is trying to sell you windshield wipers as you stop at the stop light but its awesome. anyway. im safe and sound soon to get out there. wish me luck. love you all


oh ps. dunno who my companion will be but he is a native. and thats it. love you

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

PostHeaderIcon He's Finally Going to Mexico!!!!

hey hey hey family. so heres the update going to get my visa today and will be heading to Mexico by thurs or fri. dont send me anything hahah cuz i wont get it. yay. ill be finially in Mexico. ya i thought grandpa was gonna come serve with me if i was in the bear lake mission. where is he!!! haha sounds like seans gonna do awesome. tell him good luck if ya see him and that the icecream bins are in the corners of the cafeteria. the food here is way good cuz all the mexicans feed us everyday. and its still slightly american. happy fathers day to dad i hope he got my card i sent haha it was awesome. lucky mike in powell. i bet that rocked. the trips with all them were the best. tell drew good luck on his race. dont crash. knock on wood. NO CHOQUE!!

the weeks been good. we have alot of investigators. three getting baptized for sure. and about 5 that i think are realy likely and like 10 that are just lazy sacs hahah companion is good. cool guy. apartment is nice. its nice here. people love you. and just like give you money. haha its funny. anyway. hope your all doin good. im super excited to get to mexico. llveo you all.

love elder free

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Letter from 6/15/10

so right now im actually in the area of logan. spanish speaking. its actually pretty cool. chuch this week was crazy all in spanish. workin hard. we have threebaptisms this sat to come. only prob. one kid just got kidnapped by his mother george. and one has wow trouble santiago and the other one is just awesome jose haha but anyway. were just workin hard. its pday today. just went tot the logan temple. that was cool. but yeah just mail things to my mailing address at the mission home theyll forward it and then if i leave they can get it to me.

my companion is elder anderson. he is from arizona. way cool dude. convert. two years ago yesterday. we got celebratory slurpees. its strange up here. everyone loves or hates you ha. tons of different cultures. mostly is elsalvadorians. losts of argentines. chilians. mexicans and a few from guatamala. argentines and chilians are the funniest. but chilians are hard to uderstand. and argentines just talk funny. anyway. love you all. see ya later

love e free

Monday, June 14, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Nate is in........Ogden, UT!

Nate was sent to Ogden, UT to wait for his Visa to come through. Unfortunately, it's not Mexico yet - but at least he gets to start teaching! He has a month and a half to get his Visa. If he doesn't receive his Visa during that time he will be permanently reassigned.

Here is Nate's mission home address. If you send it to the address below they will forward it to him.

The first and last name of your missionary (we have several missionaries with identical last names)
2133 Washington Blvd
Ogden, UT 84401

June 10th New Arrivals

Dianne and Brent R. Olson
Mission President

I'll do my best to keep the blog updated!
Brooke :)
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Wed Nov. 17, 2009

Today I opened my call with a good bunch of friends. Surprise surprise. The MEXICO MONTERREY EAST MISSION! im excited to go and help and learn from the people as well as learn spanish and i know that this is where i need to be. As you can see Bryan and Eno were very excited! I leave wed, Feb 24th which is actually tomorrow seeing as i'm making this on the 23rd. ill miss you all!


Nate has asked me (his sister-in-law) to update his blog while he's gone. I will be doing a lot of copy and pasting so it will be up to you to interpret his letters! Good Luck!!!!!!! :D

Brooke :)

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