Thursday, October 8, 2009

Las Santas Escrituras

During our time in the mission, this was what our scriptures looked like. The Book of Mormon was in paperback, as was the Doctrine and Covenants (not shown) and the Bible was available in various leather or hardback covers. The Bible was not published by the Church, but was the standard Casiodoro de Reina revised by Cipriano de Valera, generally referred to as the Reina Valera version.

We often ran out of copies of the Book of Mormon and gave away our personal copies. Even though the Book of Mormon is the main tool used by missionaries, we had difficulties in receiving sufficient supplies in the mission. Individual companionships paid for the books we gave to our investigators.

Pictured above is my last copy of the Book of Mormon I had on my mission and my Bible I used throughout the mission and ever since. We were told in the LTM to maintain our mission language. To that end my personal scripture studies and prayers are still in Spanish, in addition to a college degree and day to day conversations.

It was a joyful day when the Church announced the leatherbound Spanish edition of the triple combination. Some missionaries in the Mexico Villahermosa Mission would take the paperback versions and have them bound into a single hardback, but it wasn't the same. Since purchasing my original Spanish triple combination, the Church released a revised Spanish edition with clarifications of translation and corrected typos.

Another joyful day arrived in September 2009 as the Church began filling orders for the new, Church published edition of the Bible in Spanish with the footnotes and other formats already contained in the English Bible published by the Church. Many of you have probably already ordered your own new Bible. I will soon be ordering my own.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Presidente & Hermana Lozano

Thanks to Pres & Sister Lozano's son, Ulises for this current picture of his parents taken July 2009.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


At the beginning of the mission, there were no temples in Mexico. Here are pictures of the 2 temples that were later anounced and built.

Mexico Villahermosa Temple

Mexico Merida Temple

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


In the states it seems that missionaries remain in an area 6-9 months at a time, but in our mission it was common to get a letter to "cámbiese inmediatamente" to whatever the new service location would be. Most looked like the one above, but could also come in the form of a visit from the APs. My longest transfer was from Tapachula to Valladolid, a trip of about 22 hours.

In the mission where I now reside, a mission van travels around picking up missionaries for transfers and they ride together. I remember riding with another missionary halfway to Valladolid. Sister Perez, was the other missionary. We talked during the day and she got off at Villahermosa while I travelled on. I don't know how many other elders and sisters travelled together, but I'm sure it was rare, but travelling alone was the norm.

It didn't matter a lot if you didn't know where the new apartment was, the taxi drivers could usually take you there for about 10 to 30 pesos, depending on what city you were in.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Money, the Root of All Purchases

When the mission began, the value of the peso (old) was $12.49 pesos to one dollar. It enabled missionaries to afford life quite easily. The average cost for a month was usually around $125.00 US dollars. Most apartments had a maid that did the cooking, cleaning, washing and shopping.

Even in 1975, the bills shown here were outdated. The 5 and 10 peso notes were soon replaced by coins. The 10 peso coin was octagon shaped. The 20 centavo coins, solid copper, were also soon replaced by much small coins.

Before long the peso was devalued against the dollar and missionaries received up to $30 pesos to the dollar and we all went shopping for souvenirs. It was always easy to tell if the exchange rate was about to change by the big wigs at the bank changing their money to the direction that would best benefit them.

Since the days of the mission runaway inflation caused Mexico to cancel all the old currency in issue new pesos. All our old bills and coins have more collectors' value than they are worth at the bank now.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Autobus for Intercity, Camión for Around Town

At one point in time during my mission, I planned to stuff a pillow case with bus tickets. These are what you got on nearly every bus ride, whether travelling for transfers to another town or just riding from one part of town to another.
The bus systems were not the best, but many times better than walking. Who can forget riding on the bus where the driver had taken out all the seats to fit in more passengers. Riders needed to hold onto rails on the walls or roof of the bus.
I can't be the only one who rode on the outside of the bus. If it was full, you stood on the step outside the door and held on. One time I was holding my briefcase and filmstrip projector while standing on the outside step. My companion was outside of me holding onto the rails to keep both of us from falling out.
Nothing makes a 3 hour trip better than turning it into a 6 hour trip by bus. Send me a picture if any of you have any bus pictures.
I wrote to a cousin of mine in Argentina during my mission and told her we traveled around by camión. She got very confused because in Argentina that is the word for a truck or dumptruck. Interesting the local variations on vocabulary.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Christmas Card 1975

A mission Christmas card was sent out by most all missionaries in 1975 which featured all the missionaries except 1 or 2, as I recall. President and Sister Lozano and the counselors in the mission presidency were also on the card.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Mexico Villahermosa Mission Origin

The Mexico Veracruz Mission split on 1 July 1975 as Benjamin Parra was released. The area south and east of the state of Veracruz, along with part of the state of Veracruz south of the Papaloapan River became the new mission called the Mexico Villahermosa Mission and Abraham Lozano was called as the president. This mission was subsequently renamed the Mexico Merida Mission on 1 July 1978 as the office was moved and was later split.

The Mexico Villahermosa Mission took in part of the state of Veracruz, all of Tabasco, Chiapas, Campeche, Yucatan, and the territory of Quintana Roo, none of which contained a stake, only districts.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Getting Started

As the LDS Mexico Villahermosa Mission only existed for three years, other websites have been abandoned. I will list information I have, which will include missionaries with Abraham Lozano as the mission president. Any information, history or pictures will be greatly appreciated.