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Snapshot of Mexico – Spanish is the official language of Mexico. Mexico is home to descendants from indigenous groups and European immigrants. Southern and central regions are home to several indigenous languages, such as Nahuatl and Yukatek Maya. Many Mexican towns and cities have patron saints, who are celebrated with annual feasts. Both Spanish and indigenous influences can be seen in Mexican art, architecture, and music. Mariachi performing groups (bands using singers, guitars, trumpets, and other instruments) regularly perform at festivals and restaurants. Many folk dances and traditional music are still practiced in Mexico today. Rock, pop, and other musical styles such as norteña and ranchera are popular. Soccer is the most popular sport in Mexico, though baseball is also popular. Lucha libre wrestling and bullfighting are also crowd favorites.
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Mexico is home to the largest body of members of the Church outside the United States. The México City México Temple was the first LDS Church temple in Mexico; it was dedicated in 1983 and was rededicated after renovation in 2008. As of January 1, 2012, there were 1,273,199 members, 222 stakes, 36 districts, 1,543 wards, and 457 branches, 24 missions, and 12 temples in Mexico.
Mexican cuisine is based on the staples of corn, beans, and chili peppers, often used with meat, cheese, and other herbs and spices. Traditionally, the main meal is eaten during the afternoon. A soup is served first, followed by a meat dish with sauce and salsa, along with tortillas and beans. Street vendors sell tacos, quesadillas, tortas, roasted chicken, and other dishes such as bacon-wrapped hot dogs. In the northern region, flour tortillas, burritos, cheese, and beef are the staples. Mexico City offers a vast array of culinary experiences. Restaurants specializing in the regional cuisines of Mexico’s 31 states are available in the city. Also available are restaurants representing a very broad spectrum of international cuisines. Mexico City is known to sell some of the freshest fish and seafood in the inland, which is, for the most part delivered to restaurants on the day of the catch.
Mexico City is navigated by the Sistema de Transporte Colectivo Metro, a 225.9 km (140 mi) metro system – the largest in Latin America. The metro transports approximately 4.5 million people every day. It is heavily subsidized, and has the lowest fares in the world, each trip costing 3.00 Mex$ and taking each passenger to almost any place in the mega city from 5:00 in the morning to midnight. The city government also operates a network of large buses with fares barely exceeding that of the metro. Other options for electric transport can be found in the Mexico City trolleybus routes and the Xochimilco Light Rail line. The local government has also increased incentives for making Mexico City a bicycle-friendly city.
Wait until invited before using first names. When invited to a home, arrive 30 minutes late in most places (check with other missionaries to see if it is needed to arrive later than that 30 minutes in specific areas). Always keep your hands visible when eating. Keep your wrists resting on the edge of the table. Do not sit down until you are invited to and told where to sit.
Apartado Postal #98
54740 Cuautitlan Izcalli, Estado de Mexico
Straight from the Mexico Mexico City North Mission field:
*What items were hard to get or not available?
“We had everything in Mexico you could have in the US. Probably I would say American comfort food. American food in Mexico has a Mexican twist.”
*What did you eat the most of?
“rices and beans, tortillas”
“Good Mexican food, not the usual tacos, burritos or nachos.”
*What is the craziest thing you ate?
*What was most surprising about the culture?
“The absolute poverty in the tiny ranches”
“Nothing was unexpected. I actually served my culture”
*What advice would you give to someone going to the Mexico Mexico City North Mission?
“See the people, culture and country with your heart, and not so much with your eyes.”
“Remember why you are there. Love the people and give all of yourself to serving in any capacity.”
*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“How to invite and recognize the Spirit.”
“The struggles that happen with companions. You really have to learn to deal with other people and set aside the differences.”
“If you are excited to go on a mission because it will be a retreat for a few years, you will be greatly disappointed. The mission is HARD. It will be the best experience you have ever had because the trials will be many and in the end you will have finished the best roller coaster you have every boarded. Remember to forget about yourself and go to work!”
**Did you serve in the Mexico Mexico City North Mission? If so we could love to hear your advice and your stories! Please contact us at email@example.com**