Wednesday, April 29, 2015

New Rumors and Spare Kitchens

Buenas tardes! 

     This last week was good. The heat here in Mexico is starting to decide that it wants to be serious. I am seriously considering overcoming my disgust for sunscreen. But that doesn't change the fact that the work here is going very well! We have two families that are progressing that I am very excited about. The first family is a family of four. The dad is working on quitting smoking and the mom is slowly taking out her strong Catholic roots one by one. 

     We were expecting them in church yesterday but they never came. We visited them after the services and found out why they decided to not be home. The brother of the husband had talked with them in the morning, and found out that they were accepting visits from us, and proceeded to say all sorts of the weirdest things. Some of the rumors that he passed on are the common ones, like we all had 7 wives and the like. But I had never heard before that there were some people that think that every Sunday at the end of Sacrament meeting we do a "wife-swap" and every couple switches up with another. Naturally the mom in this family was pretty freaked out. :) We did an impromptu lesson of the Law of Chastity, and this family left feeling a lot better. Sounds like they're back on board for coming to church next Sunday. :) 

     Elder Gavilla is doing well. He is still learning some of the ropes of the mission rules, and trips from time to time (but Heck, I am too!), but is still working hard. He loves to laugh and smile, which is making this change a lot easier. I really enjoy teaching and working with him. He has a very powerful testimony and a close connection with the Spirit. 

     That about wraps it up for now! Hope that this week is the best week yet and that the hand of God is visible in each moment of your day. His hand certainly is here. 

Hasta luego! 
Elder Kennington 

Preguntas Bien Rapidito 
Q: What regional difference in food type/preparation have you noticed now having served in three completely different areas? Do they have different names for the same thing? 
A: They have all the same things, basically. One custum here is that they always serve a soup before the actual meal. And everything is fried. And nobody uses an oven. The only thing they use their oven for is to store dishes and that sort of thing. I thought of you and the unfortunate plastic bowl back in our house in Provo. :) 

Q: Does your little mercado sell fresh fruit and veg? 
A: Yep! Just bought about 3 kilos of apples. I think I am set for the week. 

Q: How is the haircut this week? How often were you needing to get it cut before The Dreadful Buzz? 
A: It's... Better... (?) Haha. I used to get it cut once about every 3-4 weeks. 

Q: You’ve mentioned the high number of dogs running around there. What about cats? Feral? Domestic? 
A: A few cats, but not many. We have more in Payson. All feral. :) 

Q: Evan would like to know if you have met any Russians? Have you met any other non-Mexicans at all? 
A: No, I haven't met any Russians... I have met many Mexicans who have lived in the United States, one from England, a few from the Dominican Republic. 

Yes/No kitchen questions. Do you have: 
A hotplate:                         yes 
Microwave:                        no 
Crockpot/slow cooker:    no 
toaster:                               no 
Stove:                                 no 
Oven:                                  no 
Freezer:                             yes 
Frying pan:                       yes 
Cooking pot/sauce pan:   no 

Q: How typical is your kitchen set-up for other places you have lived or homes you have visited? 
A: They all have a microwave, a fridge, and a hotplate. That about sums it up.

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