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Snapshot of Mexico – Spanish is the official language of Mexico. Mexico is an ethnically diverse country, with many people being descendents from both indigenous groups and European immigrants, though the southern part of the country has significantly higher levels of indigenous peoples than other areas. These southern and central regions are also home to several indigenous languages, such as Nahuatl and Yukatek Maya. Over 80% of Mexico’s population belongs to the Roman Catholic church, with attendance rates at about 47%. Many Mexican towns and cities have their own patron saints, which are celebrated with yearly feasts. Both Spanish and indigenous influences can be seen in art, architecture, and music. Mariachi performing groups (bands using singers, guitars, trumpets, and other instruments) regularly perform at festivals and restaurants, and many folk dances and traditional music are still practiced. Rock, pop, and other music styles such as norteña and ranchera are popular today. Soccer is the most popular sport in Mexico, though baseball is also popular. Lucha libre wrestling and bullfighting are also popular events. 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 are also quite popular, selling tacos, quesadillas, tortas, roasted chicken, and other dishes. Bacon-wrapped hot dogs are another popular street vendor food. Cuisine varies in different regions, with flour tortillas, burritos, cheese, and beef being more popular in the north, while tropical fruits and tamales are more commonly used in southern cooking. Seafood, morisqueta (a sausage and rice meal), and carnitas (deep-fried pork) are more commonly eaten in western Mexico.
More than half of the majority of the population consider themselves to be Catholic, although most do not practice regularly. However, Catholicism as a tradition is prevalent. The family is an important principle believed by most Mexicans. Other Christian denominations are also prominent. There are many branches of it.
There are thousands of LDS members in Mexico City. The church is very active and growing. However, there are also many inactive members, which presents a great opportunity to reactive them.
Mexicans consume mostly rice, beans, tortillas, chicken, salsa, fruit, soup, and bread. A lot of the food is very greasy because it’s fried. Most foods are tortilla based. Missionaries will eat fidel (a noodle soup) almost every day, as well as fruit and vegetables. Traditional meals include tacos and enchiladas. The food can also be quite spicy. Be wary of eating unclean food, although in most situations it can be unavoidable. Missionaries should properly wash their fruits and vegetables when possible.
Missionaries are mainly on foot. Bikes are not allowed because they are dangerous and are easily stolen. There are traffic laws, but they are rarely ignored, so be aware of your surroundings. Missionaries use taxis and buses regularly. The buses are jam packed, but cheap and cover many routes. Be aware of pickpockets on buses. Missionaries also use the metropolitan subways system when in the city.
Missionaries need to be smart and aware of their surroundings. Stay away from large groups in the streets that may be drinking or smoking. Try and stay in populated areas. There will be times when missionaries will feel prompted to leave certain areas; obey those promptings. When on a bus or in the subway, missionaries should carry their backpack on their chest. Be respectful, smart and obedient.
Mexicans have many celebrations throughout the year. They love to gather together and friends and family. Mexicans gather as family and friends quite often. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a celebration of those who have passed on. Mexicans make shrines for their loved ones with food, decorations, and items the particular deceased person enjoyed. Christmas is the celebration of the Wise Men, or the Wizard Kings (Tres Reves Magan) on January 6th. Mexico’s Independence Day is September 16th and consists of celebration, food and fireworks for 48 hours.
There is missionary slang used between missionaries and slang used in Mexico City. Do not be afraid to ask what certain words mean. Mexicans are polite and will help you understand what each slang means.
Missionaries should bring a really good umbrella and good walking shoes. Missionaries will burn through their shoes very quickly because they walk a lot. Many missionaries make fake wallets to carry around in case of robbery, though this is rare.
Mailing and Shipping: Mailing can be frustrating because it takes a long time, but for the most part it works. It is common for packages coming into Mexico to get items stolen out of them. It usually takes a month for letter exchange.
Ave. Miguel Bernard 530
Residencial La Escalera 07320
Ciudad de Mexico D.F.
Victor Rocha Cruz
Apartado Postal 118-184
Gustavo A. Madero, Mexico D.F.
What items were hard to get or not available?
It’s hard to get real clothing. Missionaries will have to go to big malls for that.
What did you eat the most of?
Rice, beans, tortillas, chicken, salsa, fruit, soup, bread
What is the craziest thing you ate?
Pig snout, cow tongue, chicken heart
What advice would you give to someone going to this Mission?
“Work your hardest alongside with your companion and ward. Working well with your companion first and then the members are the keys to success.”
What do you wish you had known before you served?
“Learn the language quickly and well. I would have wanted to learn how to be a better teachers; a more simple and powerful teacher. The best way to prepare for a mission is to be a missionary: Teach your friends!