Monday, November 9, 2009

November 9 update

Happy Monday - updates and photos from Elder Kenison! The first picture to share shows him with Elder Bench, his new companion as of a few weeks ago. They seem to be getting along great, and working hard in their area. We asked about Carlos, who was their best investigator for a while:
well Carlos... umm he moved. we saw him in the street the other day. smoking a cigarette. so... yeah i hope he accepts it later on :D as for other investigators... we had a family of investigators attend church yesterday :D :D :D haha familia Fuentes. Daniela, Fernando, philipe, and shoot i can't remember. Haha not good. But yeah they attended church. Haha the mom, daniela, loved the fact that she could leave her littlest boy in primary and not worry about him hahaha he has LOTS of energy. Haha but yeah I actually found the family while on divisions with Elder Simmons :D haha woot! So hopefully it all works out.
Some Primary leader may not be terribly enthused about this new little boy overflowing with energy, but we'll hope the Fuentes family continues to make progress! They've also been focusing on the less active members, and seem to be making progress there:
we do visit lots of people for Permaneced (inactives) we taught 12 people last week. Haha and we had... 5 or 6 attend church yesterday maybe more :D
Here's a great description of some of the contact methods they are using:
Well i always carry a book of Mormon and Elder Bench always has 'laminas' like 8X10 pictures of Christ. And if someone is about to shut the door we say 'quiere un gratis lamina de Jesucristo' the word gratis (free) always gets them haha and they'll come and pick one. Then we ask them why they picked that one in specific. My favorite is when they pick the picture of christ in the americas because then i can hold up the Book of Mormon and immediately talk about that :D it's actually been working really well.
Also for using the Book of Mormon we ask someone if they believe in christ and then (when they say yes, because EVERYONE here is catholic) we turn to Mosiah 4:9 "Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend." (i actually memorized that one in spanish haha) so then we talk about how the Book of Mormon really is ANOTHER testament of christ :D
Food has apparently become more important to Matt than it used to be; he commented:
Haha i just found out on my mission how much i love food. Haha i eat a lot :D haha the Gonzalez family, if they have extra, just say "give it to elder Kenison he'll eat it" haha
One of his favorite items is something called a "completo" — a Chilean style hotdog with lots of toppings. Matt was craving one of those at home one evening:
I was hungry one night and i wanted a completo the problem was that we didn't have hot dogs. so... thinking of what my dad would do i used what i had. eggs. haha so in this picture i'm eating. Bread, eggs, guacamole, tomatoes, mayonase, ketchup, and mustard. haha it really wasn't that bad haha
Here's a photo of a "real completo" and one of Matt enjoying his own concoction:

Here's one more typical looking picture of Matt — goofing around with one of the sisters, Hermana Maples:

Finally, this classic photo and the story behind it. He told us it would be better to read the story first, then look at the picture for this one!
so i wanted to make Brownies last night. haha so i went into the kitchen and when i went to grab the chocolate mix... and it fell back behind the cupboard/shelve. so i moved the cupboard/shelve thing and grabbed it. and then moved the cupboard/shelve back. little did i know that the bag had a hole in it. so when i grabbed the shelve i got Chocolate Amargo ALL over. haha after laughing for a bit. i walked into my room. Elder bench was on the phone. i said. "elder bench, big favor, can you take a picture" :D haha he looked at me and said "what happened!!!" haha cleaning it off is a different story. right now my suit is at the dry cleaners. haha


  1. Uncle Bob would be SO proud of Matt's completo concoction! Looks, um, delicioso! haha

  2. Is it just me, or do those beds in the last picture look about 1 foot wide? (haha)

  3. The concoction actually sounds better than what it was supposed to be. Matt has a real future! We'll have to get him when he gets home and expand his palate while he's still malleable. Uncle Bob