The Mission

Below is some general information about my mission that I found at: http://missionhome.com/?missions=mexico-veracruz-mission

I think it gives a great description of my mission. I copied and pasted some of the information it provides below. I didn’t write anything below, and do not take credit for any of it. The picture of the fish is also from that site. She was such a beautiful fish and I had to include her. Follow the link for all the information it provides about my mission. Also, in the Major Cities section, I linked each of the names of the major cities to Google Maps so you can see where each of those places are.

 

POPULATION About 2.5 million

MAJOR CITIES Veracruz, Córdoba, Orizaba, Tierra Blanca, San Andrés Tuxtla, Tuxtepec

CLIMATE Veracruz has a tropical savanna climate. The wet season lasts from June to October, with temperatures often reaching the upper 80s or 90s Fahrenheit. Rain and strong storms are very frequent during the wet season, and it is also very humid. The dry season is cooler and less humid, though fog and clouds are still common.

THE CHURCH Missionaries first arrived in the Veracruz area in 1955, and the Church has grown quite strong in the area ever since Veracruz’s first chapel was dedicated in 1961.  The Church continues to grow even stronger in the area!  There are 10 stakes and districts located within mission boundaries.  The Veracruz Mexico Temple was dedicated in 2000, and a CES Institute is also located close to the temple.

veracruz temple

FOOD Thanks to Veracruz’s tropical coastal location, there is a higher prevalence of seafood and tropical foods in meals than in other parts of the country.  Huachinango a la Veracuzana (red snapper with tomatoes, chili peppers, and other herbs such as garlic and caper) and arroz a la tumbada (a baked rice and seafood dish) are popular local dishes.  Many meals in Veracruz include typical Mexican staples such as beans, corn, and squash, but tropical fruits and vegetables such as pineapples, avocados, sweet potatoes, and papaya are also common in meals.

veracruzfish

TRANSPORTATION Most missionaries will generally either walk or use public transportation to get around.  Public transportation primarily consists of busses or smaller vans.  Longer transfers are done by bus.

CUSTOMS Carnaval is one of the most popular events in Veracruz; it has been celebrated in the city since 1866.  Veracruz has a unique cultural heritage due to its location as an important sea port.  Much of the local culture blends indigenous Mexican, Spanish, and African influences.  Sailors and foreign travelers are common sights in Veracruz.  Coffeehouses are extremely popular dining locations in the city, and are busy from early in the morning until late at night.  These coffeehouses are popular locations for socializing.

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