This week was good. I feel like I am starting to learn a few of the ropes involved with this new assignment. There is a lot of really technical steps, jargon, and nuances that are fantastic at stressing out new secretaries. For example, if I mess up badly enough with a visa for one of the missionaries then I could wind up sending a missionary home. To go wait for his new visa to process. And that is never good. Kind of bad actually...
We spent our time focused on two major things this last week. Firstly, visas. We had a lot of missionaries whose visas were going to expire over the next little while and we had to work like madmen to get it all taken care of. I made some high-ish up friends over there in Migration and now we are getting papers through the literal labyrinth of beauracracy at a decent pace.
The other main focus of this last week was with one of our truly wonderful investigators, named Josefina. She has been studying with the Jehovah's Witnesses for a while, but has felt like she's been missing something. And that is where we came in. We are currently working very hard on identifying how the church of Jesus Christ was established, and how we can identify it hoy un día sobre la faz de la tierra. Realmente es un mensaje muy poderoso que llevemos a las personas de México*. If all goes according to plan she would be able to get baptized over the course of the next few weeks.
With prayers, fasting, hard work, and the touch of the Master's hand all is possible. This is one of the facets of my testimony that has been honed quite a bit in the mission.
That about wraps it up for now! I gotta dash. Hope that you have a great week. I love you all lots!
*today a day over the face of the earth. It really is a very powerful message that we take to the people of Mexico.
Preguntas Bien Rapidito
Q: Do you have to work in the office on P Day too?
A: It depends on the workload. Often Monday's are when we drag missionaries up here to do fingerprints for their visas because they won't be missing appointments with investigators or any minute of proselyting time.
Q: Have you heard how Elder Demars is doing?
A: He is doing well. He had his surgury this past Friday, and it all went according to plan. He will be back here in the mission field working in 8 to 10 weeks.
Q: There is only one package from me you need to track down. It made it to the office in early February.
A: I am currently tracking it down right now. Had to get after a couple of zone leaders for being a little slow on delivering pouch. Haha. It has been in two different zone leaders houses since February, and has been bouncing around since then. It will get to me, I am sure of it. It is floating around here in the mission. Advantage to the offices? Now all my mail gets to me the instant it is signed for in the mission. :)
Q: How long did you say Elder Goodrich has been out on his mission?
A: He has been out for 15 months. He got here to the offices when he had 9 months as well. :)
Q: Now that you have given your first haircut are you going to keep doing that instead of going somewhere else?
A: Yup. I totally am going to. Getting a haircut here in the mission is like playing Russian Roulette.
Q: What is your new apartment like?
A: It. Is. Big. The nicest house in the mission. We share it with the assistants. And it is designed to house a good number of missionaries (for example when people need to stay the night here because they need to do visa work early in the morning). We have something like 15 bunkbeds, four bathrooms, a kitchen, a laundry room, a main room, two bedrooms (that the assistants and the secretaries use), and sundry hallways. ... But we never are in it because we are always in the offices working and in the streets preaching. :)
Q: What do they do for Mother’s Day in Mexico?
A: The same thing as in the United States, except a little less. It really doesn't have a celebration here. For a few people it is another great excuse to drink themselves silly, and with that they are happy... Haha. :)
Q: How big of a celebration is Cinco de Mayo there? Do we make a bigger deal of it here?
A: The United States makes a MUCH bigger deal than they did here... haha. It passed just like any normal day. :)
Q: Did you ever get your custom leather scripture covers?
A: Yup! I am going to send photos in this email! They turned out really really well. I am very satisfied. :)
We found a little cute poisonous scorpion in the house of a recent convert that we were visiting. Their cat was about to eat him.
We went to a huge mall today for P Day and twas nice. There was a Krispy Kream's there. Heavenly. There was also a Panda Express where we had lunch. Even more heavenly. It was a lot of fun. Got a couple of soccer shoes there that I really liked, along with a couple super guapo ties. Didn't have an orange one before, and one can never have too many purple ties. :) This mall was a lot like the one that I visited out in Toluca and never was able to take photos. Only this one was bigger and nicer. O.o
|The front side of his new handmade scripture covers made by a member in Chamapa.|
|The back of the scripture covers. Elder Kennington got to choose the pictures.|