Elder San Diego's Address

Explanation on Sending Packages and Letters

If you would like to send a letter:
Elder Eric San Diego
Apartado Postal 118-184
Gustavo A. Madero
Mexico, D.F. C.P 07051

If you want to send a package:

You write this exactly, including Elder Jose Luis Escobar Maya (They don't like more than one name coming to the same PO Box when dealing with packages).

Elder Jose Luis Escobar Maya
Apartado Postal 118-184
Gustavo A. Madero
Mexico, D.F. C.P 07051

To make sure Elder San Diego gets the package just make sure his last name is in the return address (or next to the return address).

July 30, 2012

In The Rain...On The Hill

Hey guys!

Wow, I can´t believe how fast the week passed by! Elder Wood and I had a great week working in our new area. We got to know it the first day and then set out working and working and we had some great success from it! 

We found this one family of 8 who we are teaching and they are receptive and want to learn and listen more. We also found other great people who are progressing. So we are excited and working hard! 

Good story: we had an appointment at the very top of the hill the other day and we went up and they weren´t there! Yay! Then, as it rains every day, we found ourselves in the rain on the hill one time and it was coming down like a river! It was insane. 

But, we had a great time working this week and will see lots of success this next week! We also helped the sisters in our district with their baptism so that was pretty cool too. 

Lots of work to do and I can´t wait to do it! I love you all! Take care!

¡Ten fe y se obediente!

Todo mi amor,
Elder San Diego

View of the city
One of the other elders in our area lent us an umbrella that was in his house and...
this is what happened.
Rain pouring down the stairs of the hill
Tired after going up and down the hill (yeah, we use stairs to climb our hills. Talk about a good Stair Stepper 5000 workout!).
Tree growing into and devouring a fence

July 23, 2012

¡Bienvenido a Martin Carrera!


Great week! We baptized Mayra on Wednesday and had a greatly spiritual time at her baptism. Then, later in the week we found a family that is super great and interested to hear more about church and the gospel! 

Anyhow, we finished up the week really well. Oh yeah! This last Sunday we had the opportunity to see Edgar receive the Aaronic Priesthood! Whoo! So cool to see faithful converts continuing their progression in the church and preparing themselves for eternity. 

So, Elder Andrew and I said our goodbyes to great friends and converts from our ward because today we got changed from Peralvillo. We both got moved over to another zone called Centenario and he got moved up as the new Zone Leader in Centenario and I got a new companion, Elder Wood, from Utah and we are opening a new area together called Martin Carrera. Cool stuff.

So we are gettin geared up for working hard and seeing lots of success. Cool thing is he is also from my same generation (meaning we started our missions the same day)! Yay! 

So that´s about it for this week. I love you all and hope you have a great week!

¡Ten fe y se obediente!

Todo mi amor,
Elder San Diego

Mayra's baptism!
One sister in the ward lived in the USA before and when she invited us over to eat, 
she made us spaghetti, AMERICAN STYLE! Yum!
Story time!  I bought this bottle of gel in July 2010 and it just ran out;
Because this bottle lived to style my hair for 2 years, I give it my thumbs up of approval!
Martin Carrera aka "The Hills" - outlook of our area and the hills.
Great view from our hill with the Mexico City temple in the background

July 16, 2012

'This Is What I've Been Searching For For A Long Time."

Hey hey!

These past two weeks have been SWEET! We have been working so hard and have gotten some amazing success from it. Here are just a few of our highlights.

 First, we met this one guy named Jose. The guy was cool and wanted to listen and learn more about God. As we taught him about the Restoration, he began to comprehend that priesthood authority is absolutely necessary for us to receive the saving ordinance of  baptism. But the goodness doesn´t stop there! We gave him just a few pages of the Book of Mormon to read as homework and he read what we gave him then went on to read 40 pages more and then began from the beginning and read all the way to 2 Nephi 2. WOW. Amazing and unlike anything I have ever seen in my mission. Then he went to church with us and loved it and said he could feel peace and the spirit there, something that was never present in his Christian church. It was testimony meeting so he went away impacted by all the testimonies that were shared. To that point he was still a little unsure about Joseph Smith being a prophet and all that but as we talked with him I shared my testimony about Joseph Smith, that he truly was and is the Prophet of the Restoration and that he defended the cause of God to the end of his life sealing his testimony with his own blood. When I finished, the spirit was super strong and Jose thought intently on the words I had spoken. He looked at us and said he knew Joseph Smith was a prophet and martyr for Jesus Christ. We invited him to be baptized and he accepted. We had totally cool experiences every time we went by. Unfortunately, he was given some Christian apostasy junk that he read and he decided not to be baptized but that´s just his own salvation he´s denying and will have to work that out some day. Moving on with the positive!

So, we just did a ton of knocking and contacting these two weeks and just flat out did work up in this piece. We baptized one lady, Maria, on Saturday and confirmed her on Sunday. She and her husband were really in need of help in their life when we showed up and started to share the gospel with them. Just what they needed in their lives right now. So, she got baptized and her husband, Carlos, is coming around little by little. We have one lady, Myrah, who will be baptized tomorrow! She is the mother of two previous converts of Elder Andrew but was working for IFE which is the people here in Mexico who do the elections, so she finally got done working and can be baptized! Then we found this one young lady the other day while knocking. Her name is Sandra. We shared with her the message of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and she loved it. The spirit was amazingly strong and she accepted to be baptized for this upcoming Sunday. She was totally prepared by God to receive us and ever told us, 'This is what I´ve been searching for for a long time." AMAZING! (cool thing too is that when we found her, it was her first day living in that house and she had just moved there. also, we taught her in her doorway through a metal security door because she couldn´t find the key to open it up) We also had a mission conference this last week and it went well. President Tervort told us about diligence and that 'where much is given, much is required'. So yeah, great stuff all in all.

This week, we possibly could baptize 12 people, but it would take a miracle. Please please please pray for us and for miracles to happen for these people this week!

Take care and I love you all!

¡Ten fe y se obediente!

Todo mi amor,
Elder San Diego

Mt. Chiquihuite - in the center of the mission.
"Rain will not dampen our spirits!"
Ready for the rain!
(Downtown Mexico City in the distance - a couple miles south)

July 9, 2012

More To Come...

Hey folks!

Good week. We had some super tight lessons with the spirit this week and found some good success. Sorry this is gonna be a really lame update, but it`s already late and we have to get back to the house. But! Everything is great! I`ll update more of this past week this next Monday, so get ready for it. It`ll be a big one with pictures and everything! Yay! Love ya all!

¡Ten fe y se obediente!

Todo mi amor,
Elder San Diego

Breakfast - Looks like eggs, chorizo? & potatoes
Nice view of the city on p-day
pambazo and quesadilla

July 2, 2012

A SUPER Hot Baptism!


Not much time to write today but in short, the week was great and we had some more rain! 

We just found more people and worked a lot and are preparing more and more people to be baptized soon. It is so cool going over every time and seeing the progress of investigators time after time. So we worked really good and had Edgar`s baptism on Saturday! It was great! Sometimes, when we baptize, the water is a tad bit on the cold side but this time when we got in the font, the water was SUPER hot, like take a shower with that water status. But it was cool. Edgar is great and already has made great friends with the young men in the ward and attends all their activities and has a blast. 

Speaking of which, on Thursday, Elder Andrew had to do a few interviews because he is the district leader and we also had Edgar`s interview that night. So, the youth were playing soccer and so we played them against us the missionaries and we beat them and I made the final goal. It was great because we are all from the U.S. and we beat them at their own game! Rock. But yeah, great week and we are planning on having another great one! I love you all!

¡Ten fe y se obediente!

Todo mi amor,
Elder San Diego

We drew some pictures on one of our investigator's whiteboards after visiting her.
Edgar's Baptism!