We just received this email from Owen's mission president. He has arrived safely in Mexico and is already serving in his first area. I was so excited to finally get word after five days:
Dear Brother and Sister Kennington,
President Whitehead and I want to let you know that your son, Elder Kennington, safely arrived in Mexico City last Monday night and is working hard.
We are so thrilled to have your son in our mission. With the help of the Spirit, President Whitehead hand-picked top-notch elders and leaders in this mission to train this great generation of missionaries, whose arrival we have been excitedly anticipating for some time now. We can tell already that they are going to be valiant, obedient, hard-working, and loving.
We fed your son dinner soon after he arrived and sent him to bed in the basement apartment here at the mission home with the other elders. The next morning we fed him breakfast and then he was interviewed by President Whitehead. Next he was briefed on the rules of the mission by the APs and oriented by the office elders, the assistants to the president and myself. Afterwards he met his new trainer and companion that he will have for the next 6 weeks at least, Elder Lanza. We took pictures, fed him pizza and then he was whisked away with his companion by taxi to serve in his new destination of Zitacuaro, in the state of Michoacan.
Thanks for raising this wonderful young man. We love him already.
President and Hermana Whitehead
Want to know where Zitacuaro is? I did too. Here's what Google Maps says. It looks like it is approximately 75 miles due west of Mexico City (it's that red print ovalish-shaped place way to the left of Mexico City).
Fun Facts: Zitacuaro is approximately 6500 feet above sea level. It was burned to the ground three times in the 19th century.