Monday, July 6, 2015
Week 58 - Pictures of Kevin Baking!!!!
So I am going to go ahead and send various photos to you today, so I hope you enjoy them. Anyways, this week, finally, after what feels like forever, Veronica and Paola got baptized. I must admit that I really love that family, they have just been absolutely truly wonderful to my companion and I. That man there is the husband Anselmo, he is works in the city, and its honestly awesome. They got married this past week, and Veronica got baptized on friday. It was honestly amazing because of all of the difficulties there were. After going through several changes of mind on whether she would get baptized, my companion and I went in to fill the fount only to discover that the chapel decided to run out of water for the day (it had been gone since the morning). So we prayed, and patiently waited (patiently is a bit of an exaggeration, I told the other elders in carillo to go fill up there fount just in case), and about 5 minutes after we prayed water came back, although not a ton. We went through started the service and everything, but because it was already 8 at night, we decided to go forward even without a ton of water. Now mom if you think that the baptism with you was bad, this was 100 times worse. Being halfway full, they had to try and submerge Veronica 4 times before it finally worked, and even Paola twice. Honestly, far too stressful a day, but it worked out alright.
So this is from the day that my companion and I did Volovanes. The two men are Juan Arenas (the shorter) and Manolo (the chubbier of the two). Juan we found about a month ago and his son got baptized. In that time his wife has agreed to leave from her job so that she can go to church on Sunday, and he is planning to get his endowment out this next month (he is a less active from Ciudad Juarez) anyways, I really enjoy this family, and they incredibly take care of us also. Its funny mom how different things are here.
Anyways Mom, so you wanted to know a little bit more about how I am feeling and about how I am living. I actually am really enjoying my living conditions here as a missionary. You have to understand how we live mom, and how the people down here in general live. We are given 1500 pesos in rent, and 1800 that we can use to live on, travel, write home, etc. 1500 is about 100 dollars to make the conversion easy. That is a normal rent, our house has 1 bedroom, a small kitchen, a bathroom, and a small room to do studies, which is not bad for a missionary house. While 100 dollars monthly in rent for a house sounds extremely cheap, I have met several young couples that pay 600 pesos per month in rent. It is interesting for me just how lucky I am as a missionary and how lucky I am in how I was born. I never realized how good I had it at home, and at BYU until I came here. That being said, I am still incredibly grateful for how I am taken care of, they honestly really treat us well as missionaries. That being said, we live in pretty good standards. ITs very warm during this part of the year, but the hottest month is may, and from there it goes down hill. Soon it will be hitting august and september, and once we hit september, its pretty comfortable. That being said, for now we need to put a fan on at night, or you just cannot sleep, its really warm, some of the houses have air conditioning (its a single unit instead of going through the house, but it makes all the difference) I really enjoy it when I have it, but this house is climates. That being said, the work here ebbs and flows. There is always more than we can handle, but I suppose that the urgency comes and goes depending on the pressure. In regards to changes, I do not know, I will find out in two more weeks if I leave, but I don't know if I want to stay or go, I am only interested in doing what God wants me to.
Mother don't quit, don't give up, just keep going day by day, and try not to think about the future too much. Just take it one day at a time, and then think can I keep going for today, I know you can, and when you do, you will find the Lords blessings. 10 more months. Don't you worry, and I will be home, its not that long now, I love you very much mother.
Love you, Kevin