Pure insanity. That was this last week.
For starters, we worked really hard preparing our two families to be baptized, alongside a couple other investigators that we have worked with.
Maria Ines and her family are doing great. They are preparing to be baptized on the 24th. They are a very strong family that have great potential, especially as they continue to put themselves in the hands of God and follow His Spirit.
Hector and his family are doing well. Hector is starting to struggle again with The Word of Wisdom, so a few prayers there would not be awry. His wife is doing much better, and has told off her brother-in-law for sharing silly rumors with her. They will be coming to church this Sunday. Their two kids are doing very well, though the older one doesn't really want to listen to anything right now. We are working hard to gain more of his trust.
Areli, the hermana that I met first in Utah in the Mexican Consulate, is preparing for baptism as well. She is very happy. Very ready for the blessings that the Lord has waiting for her following her baptism.
Everything was and is looking awesome.
And then came Saturday.
I got a call from President Whitehead at 1:58 in the afternoon. The following day at 6:00 I recieved my new assignment as secretary to the President and began my work. Special transfers!
Do you remember Elder Demars from my district in the MTC? A few weeks back he was hit by a car and it totalled his left leg. Completely. He worked a little in the offices, and today, about 20 minutes ago, his plane touched down in Washington with his family. He will have a surgery and a recovery of about 9 weeks, and then will be coming back to the mission. And he was the secretary.
This assignment has a LOT of responsibilities. I need to take care of all the visa work, flights, cell phones, and general questions and needs of about 230 missionaries. I also need to be ready in every moment to help President with anything that he may need. I have a companion, si. Elder Goodrich from Pleasant Grove. He is running the mission finances. He is a great guy. Really fun to be with. I now have a snazzy desktop computer that I use when I am not running all over the city. :) We rent in a really nice place by the offices. By far the nicest house yet I have been in. I will still work and proselyte, just a little less. I am in contact with President every few hours.
There is a lot that I do not know how to do. Elder Demars was able to give me about 2 hours of capacitation last night in the middle of the night, and now here I am. Eesh. I am a little nervous, not going to lie.
Elder Gavilla is going to stay in Chamapa with another Elder. If they work well and with the Spirit they will see many baptisms. I left a lot of wonderful people behind. I really did love Chamapa.
I am out of time for today, will share a little more this next week about all that is going down.
Love you all!
Preguntas Bien Rapidito
Q: Did you ever get my package? Were the contents okay?
A: It might take a little while longer. I got changed so suddenly it might wait a week because it was in the Zone that I just left. We will see. I, personally, am hoping and praying for it soon. :)
Mom Note: I sent him this package in early February. It got to the mission home within a couple of days, but due to transfers and things it's been following him around ever since.
Q: What date do you officially consider your half-way mark? Will it be August 6th, the day you went into the MTC or will it be in July since that is what you were given as your tentative release date in 2016?
A: Ok. My official release date is July 18th, 2016. Officially and concrete.
Q: How large is your zone?
A: It is TINY!! TINY TINY TINY!
Q: Do you ever hear anything from your previous companions? Elder Lanza? Elder Medina?
A: Elder Lanza, no. Elder Medina, yes! He has been in the same zone for the last six months. He is in the richest part of the mission.
Q: What news from the whole mission on the 500 baptisms goal?
A: Very well. I am still waiting to hear what the final number was.
Q: How often do general authorities visit the mission?
A: Pretty often. We are going to have a 70 (Elder Nash) come and do a mission tour this next week. Or the following. Yeah. Pretty certain it is the following. :)
Q: Is there ever a mission-wide conference that all missionaries attend?
A: YUP! The Gira Misional, or the mission tour I just talked about above. All together? No. Multi Zones? Yes.
Q: Do you get to do any sight-seeing on P Day?
A: ... NOPE... No time. ... :):P
Q: Do you have someplace to get groceries that is bigger than your little mercado in Chamapa?
A: Haha. Nope. We have a gas station. :):) And about the gas station, we don't really have another option... For sake of time and stuff. It really isn't grocery shopping anyway. More like buying cereal and milk and little things to keep us going throughout the day. :)
Mom: Maybe I’d better save up some questions for next Sunday…..SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Elder K: ... Motion seconded. Squeeeeee indeed. :):):):):):):)):):):):)
When missionaries change areas they take lots of photos in the ward or branch they are leaving. Here are Elder Kennington's farewell pics from Chamapa:
Fotos! The fotos whith the family of three, with the dad without a tie, are investigators. Maria Ines, Gabriel, and their little daughter Meredith. She is adorable!! The dog is named Chicharo. He belongs to the family of four pictured here, with the mom in green. Hugo, Suzanna, Nidia, y Natalie.
|The guy is Hermano Jorge, our ward mission leader. He is a stud. He really helped us out a LOT. He is 25 with a wife and the most adorable 1 year old son on the face of this planet. Love 'em to bits.|