Kevin left on May 28, 2014 for Veracruz, Mexico. He will be serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He will have the pleasure of serving for 2 years or 730 days. I will be updating this blog on a weekly basis with his letters and pictures. This is a very exciting time for Kevin so please stay in touch and I will keep you posted on where you can write Kevin..
Monday, June 1, 2015
Week 53 - HALF WAY MARK - Pictures: THEN/NOW
Here are some pictures Kevin sent from the beginning of his mission to now....
Here is Kevin in June - 2014, with his first Companion ~~~
Here is Kevin this month on his mission May - 2015 ~~
What a difference a year makes.... ( He is sooooooo skinnny) Here is Kevin's letter from this week and a few more pictures....
Well I had to start
this letter again because I started writing in Spanish. I can send
pictures today so here is some cool stuff. So anyways, Happy 50th BDAY
MOM!!!!!! Ahh, I remember super well your 40th, with all the people from
work, I cannot believe a decade has passed. It is super weird how the
years fly. I wish I could be there, but I hope that these pictures will
make up for it!
Anyways, here in
Mexico things have been going super well. You should know that May here
is known as the month of hell, because of how hot it gets (its true) so
needless to say, I am super happy that we are finally in June, but.....
that means that the mosquito's start! By the way, weird things you find
in Mexico, I looked down at my shirt and there was a mutant ant that
could fly, like an ant with wings, super odd!!!
interesting news about my secret culinary arts license. So there is a
woman here who gives us fruit cocktails for free whenever we stop by (she
has been a member for years) I have since attempted to learn how to cut
fruit and have gotten pretty good at it. I can completely cut a papaya
or any other fruit super fast to make cocktails. I honestly love them.
Also I have officially gotten down how to make tortillas by hand (with a
little machine, but also hitting the masa), and how to make different
salsas of all different types. I've learned how to do empanadas, picadas,
memellas, I still need to master the panucho though (which is basically
like a tostada, but you put the meet inside of the fried tortilla. Oh
and by the way, here, no one else drinks plain water, everyone makes
fruit waters, so I will have to make some watermelon water. I will
definitely miss the mango's and the pineapples here. By the way, every
morning I get up, and run in the middle of the street, which given
Mexican taxi drivers is about as safe as wearing lady gagas meat dress
in shark infested waters. Nevertheless, we had a ward activity this week
and some of the neighbors came and were really interested in talking to
us because they want to learn to be super athletic, and see me running
in the morning! (Although the town was having a 5k and some of the
members asked if we could participate, so I asked president, and he told
me no in a tone that told me I was stupid for asking, so there you go)...
I just wanted to
send this photo to contrast from 1 year ago. I did not actually get the
code until today mom, so I will try and go today or if not today during
the week to pick up the money, thank you very much for sending that to
me, I really appreciate it.
in regards to this week, we have really gotten some ward members that
have become like family mom. I want you to know how well they take care
of us. We have been working with a couple that are named veronica and
anselmo. Wow, I cannot believe how much they have changed, Veronica and
her daughter are not members and anselmo was super close to going on a
mission but never went They're about 45 years old, and invited us to eat
with them, and I love them.
now have a new ward mission leader which is honestly making me super
excited because he works super well with us, and knows all of the ward
members. His family honestly is great, and he has a brother that we all
call 3 brothers, one of whom is called hulk, because his shorts are all
ripped at the bottom. (they showed me a photo that said, single, and had
the hulk, married and had Shrek, which I thought was hilarious)
Anyways, something interesting, our ward mission leader and his wife had
deactivated, weren't going, and weren't working in the Gospel. Our relief
society President, who was the hardest worker in the ward, just moved,
and there was no one to take her place. Anyways, my companion and I went
and gave a lesson to the ward mission leader and his wife about the
importance of covenants, and they both just reactivated, 2 weeks before
the relief society president moved. When his wife reactivated she just
started working a ton, and was chosen as the new relief society
president. Now my companion and I aren't magic missionaries neither did
we do a ton of prep for the lesson, nor did we even think she could be
the new president. But as I play it out in my mind, I see a perfectly
logical course behind my actions, in spite of not knowing what I was
doing. The same thing happened when we found Veronica and Anselmo, and
everyone else that we are teaching. As a missionary I have come to
realize that God has created a perfectly formed plan, and he will
accomplish what he wants to with or without me. Had I not gone with that
sister, I am sure a ward member would have, or she would have heard a
talk that inspired her, or something would have happened. I am just a
tool here to accomplish the work of God. I love my mission, it has made
me realize how small I really am, and yet, how infinitely vital the role
that I play is as a missionary. Of all the people in the city of
Cosamoalapan, my companion and I are the two that God, the most powerful
being in the universe is most focused on. What we do, to help his
children reach salvation, on a daily basis is so much more important
than anything else that is being done in this city. I am infinitely
grateful for the opportunity to serve here in this role, and even more
excited to continue serving the Lord for the rest of my life, even when
my time as a missionary has ended.
I love you so much. Study and work hard, keep trying, I know everything
will be okay. I invite you to try praying before study, you will feel
the spirit inspire your mind as you work on the problems, I promise you.
I love you very much, happy birthday, more photos soon.