I am going to the NEW MEXICO ALBUQUERQUE mission, SPANISH speaking. I report in October to the Mexico MTC!
And now FUN FACTS about anything related to my mission (or missions in general)....
- The Provo MTC will reach a peak of 3,611 missionaries on July 10th (read about that here). And for the record, that is JUST the Provo MTC. There are still 14 other MTCs in the world. Not all of them are as big as Provo. I have a friend at the England MTC who reported that there are 52 of them in the MTC and that is a large group. But still... that's a lot of missionaries
- The Mexico MTC is opening end of June, beginning of July. It is replacing a current Church school, Benemérito de las Américas. 150 missionaries are expected to be in the first group sent through the MTC but it will increase as time goes on. The capacity is estimated to exceed 1,500 if needed.
- The Mexico MTC will serve missionaries going to Mexico, central American, South American and US Spanish speaking missions (though the Provo MTC will still have teach some Spanish speakers)
New Mexico facts:
|Albuquerque New Mexico Temple|
- Nickname: Land of Enchantment, State motto: Crescit eundo (it grows as it goes)
- 5th largest state in the US
- average elevation is 5,700 ft.
- climate is semi-arid to arid
- 46.3% of the population is Hispanic/Latino according to the 2010 census (remember... I'm speaking Spanish)
- 28% of the population speaks Spanish
- Some of the Spanish spoken is the New Mexico dialect which is based off of archaic 17th century Castilian Spanish
- New Mexico has the highest concentration of PhD holders (due to all the research facilities)
- important center of Native American culture
- New Mexico has many large artistic communities (Yay! Art :) )
- Early October hosts the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Hopefully I'll get to see it next year (this October I'll be in Mexico...) but if not, I can always go back a visit :)
Doesn't this make you want to visit New Mexico?