Tanner did not email much this week. He and his companion were on their way to a service project. That is what a mission all about-service.
He has a couple baptisms coming up in the next few weeks. He says the work is going fine.
Tanner asked us to send him some CDs, some of his guitar picks and a picture of him and his band. Tanner always puts his fingers in the coin pocket of his jeans for guitar picks. He must be missing that habit. I guess he must be missing his friends too.
We were able to Skype Tanner for mother’s day and it was awesome. He told us of the things he had tried like cactus and cow intestines. Both of which he said was weird tasting. He told us that he walks every where he goes and would like a pedometer to tell him how far he has gone.
People tell him that they like his suits and he tells them that they were his dad’s suits and he wears a tie that was his great grandfather’s tie. Nice to know that the family is with him in some way.
We were able to ask him questions about the area and his companions. We asked him if he had been mugged. He said he had once. But he said it was no big deal. He and his companion were stopped by a guy one night and asked to please give him all their money. Tanner and his companion gave him the money they had which was only 5 pesos. The guy said this is all you have? They said yes and he then said to give him their phone and they did. The guy was like this is your phone? Tanner and his companion were surprised how nice the guy was, he even told them that his girlfriend is Mormon and they should come visit him. Tanner and his companion were like sure. They left and continued walking home and saw the guy again. The guy gave them back their phone and tried to give them the money back but they told him to keep it. I guess if you are going to get robbed then this is the way to do it.
Tanner’s Spanish sounded pretty good. He bore his testimony in Spanish for us. We did not understand everything he said but it was still awesome to hear and the Spirit is there no matter the language.
The next time we will get to talk to Tanner will be on Christmas Day. But at least we have emails each week.
This week Tanner had Zone Conference where his mission president told them that they needed to repent because the majority of them are not doing the programs that have been set up to help the missionaries with their work. So they had permission to stay home on Tuesday and pray and gain a testimony of the programs. They were to pray like Enos did and repent for not doing what they haven’t been doing.
Tanner said that a lot of American things are popular there in Mexico like the fight between May weather and Pacquiao. Most people wanted Pacquiao to win and complained when Mayweather did.
Tanner is excited to Skype the family on Mother’s Day. I know that we are pretty excited too.
He shared another video.