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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Querida Familia,                                                                                                 February 18, 2013
What a crazy cool week I've had out here in Mexico! Probably one of the best weeks so far...well it's hard to say that because I've had so many cool experiences so far, but yeah it was a really cool week. But first, how are ya'll doin? Sounds like you're having a great time in St.George with the family and enjoying the warm weather. I'm glad ya'll get the opportunity to go down there.  Also, sounds like the house down there is going well.  We'll have some good times down there together in the future. When you talk about the drywall, tape, mud, and all those house building terms it reminds me of the building construction class that I took. Man, I loved that class. As far as house here in Mexico it's way different. They build them with pure cement from bottom to top. Pretty much nobody has carpet, it's just tile, or for the more poor people, cement floors. WOW the news about Ashley is somewhat shocking (I say somewhat because we would always say that she was going to get married) but yeah I was like WHAT?! when I read it. That's really cool though I'm happy for both Ashely and Sean. Tell them good luck and congrats from Elder Kitchen. Here in Atexcac the daughter of our Relief Society Pres. got married on the 14th and she is 16 years old!! In the pueblos people get married really young sometimes. The R. S. Pres. was pretty worried because she is so young and she got married to a non-member.  I'm glad that Grandma is okay, you scared me when you said that she got in a crash, but I was glad to read that she is okay. I thought it was funny when you said Grandpa drove down there to chew out the guy who hit her. I'm glad I wasn't the one who got chewed out by Coach Kitchen hahaha. Grandpa tell him: ¿Se durmió o que? ¡Despérate! Well sounds like you're all having a good week. Keep it up! Tell Grandpa Ellsworth: Ey abuelito estoy muy emocionado hablar contigo cuando regrese yo de la misión. Vamos a hablar en español por siempre jámas sale? ¡Podremos hacer bromas y nadie va a entendernos! Te quiero abuelo. Cuídate y echa le ganas.
Alright well I better start telling ya'll about my week before I run out of time. On Tuesday we had interviews with Pres. Reeves in Nealtican, and wow he is awesome. We had a really good interview,and he helped me realized just how much I've learned here in Atexcac. Last week there was a huge carnival/parade going on in Huejotzingo. We have to go through Huejo to get to Nealtican. WOW it was so crazy, but cool at the same time. The culture here is so deep. I really can't explain it very well, but I'll try. There was a TON of people and they all dress up in these colorful suits and they dance to marachi bands with they big rifles that they shoot off every 5 seconds. The rifles that they shoot are just pure gun powder, but they are loud and powerful. Aw I can't explain it I'm gong to send you pictures next week because I don't have time right now. I was such a cool experience that I will never forget. It's nuts because the carnival is actually pretty dangerous. People die every year from malfunctions of the guns and from drunk people haha but don't worry we are fine! I took some good pics and videos. The rest of the week went really good. We had 11 lessons with less active members, and 5 with investigators, which is really good for us here. Sunday was awesome! We had 3 investigators come to church and we counted 22 less active members as well! Mom you asked about the two yound kids and yes they are progressing really well. With both we are on lesson 4 and they are set and ready to be baptized on the 23rd this Sat. We also finally taught the full restoration lesson to Anita, so now she is progressing too, and we are almost sure she is going to be baptized as well. Really good week for us here. Anyway you asked about transfers and yes we did find out the news last night from our Zone leaders. We got the call and...I am being transfered! My first transfer out here. I have mixed feelings about it right now because I really do feel like I need a change of area, but at the same time we are really being blessed with more work here. Oh well it's okay, I just hope they all get baptized! Elder Olvera told me that I can actually come on Saturday to the baptism if I get premission from Pres. Reeves. Right now I'm on edge because I have no idea where I'm going to go. Tomorrow we have to be in downtown Puebla at the meeting at 11 am with all my luggage. It's all really exciting. Changes are good. I'm going to miss Atexcac and all the members though. I'm also going to miss Elder Olvera he is really cool  and we get along really well. Well we'll just have to wait and see what happens! I'll let you know all about it, and I'll send you some good pics next week.
¡Les quiero mucho! I hope you all have a great week. Keep up the good work at school and work! Remember the things that matter most. Do the small and simple things everyday alright? I love ya'll (I say ya'll now because that form is used a lot in spanish and in english its either you all, you guys, or ya'll and I think ya'll is the easiest) Echa les ganas familia. Hasta la próxima semana!
Con amor,
Elder Kitchen  

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Elder Kitchens companions

Tehuacan (5/14/2014) to (8/6/2014) Elder Conrad from Draper, Utah

Nealtican (4/2/2014) to (5/14/2014) Elder Christensen from Denver, Colorado

Nealtican (2/19/2014) to (4/2/2014) Elder Sanchez from Chiapas, Mexico

Puebla (1/8/2014) to (2/19/2014) Elder Dzul from Cancun, Mexico

Puebla (10/15/2013) to (1/8/2014) Elder Betts from Mexi-Cali Baja California, Mexico

Atlixco (7/23/2013) to (10/14/2013) Elder Ortega from Nayarit, Mexico

Puebla (3/19/2013) to (7/22/2013) Elder Burden from Snowflake, Arizona

Puebla (2/19/2013) to (3/18/2013) Elder Knowlton from Springville, Utah

Atexcac (1/8/2013) to (2/18/2013) Elder Olvera from San. Luis Potosi, Mexico

Atexcac (10/16/2012) to (1/7/2013) Elder Tinoco from Dorango, Mexico

MTC (8/15/2012) to (10/15/2012) Elder Astle from Northern California