Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pictures of Kim - new companion, branch beach party

Kim with her new greenie companion, Sister Villagomez

Enjoying the Branch activity on the shore of Lake Michigan

From Kim:
"My new companion, Sister Villagomez is SO chill! This companionship is the best. She is good at being on top of things AND she is easygoing. Time after time I am being blessed with wonderful companions."

Monday, September 23, 2013

9/23/13 Letter from Megan

Letter from Megan 9/23/13 was one I thought needed to be shared, so here it is:

Dear Family,
First of all I would like to share how excited I am that I bought all the ingredients to make Moms meat loaf... I know it doesn't sound like much, but I plan to leave Spain a chief! I figured I won't be able to master any of the intense Spanish dishes unless I get some familiar ones down first. It's so funny, every time I tell people I don't really know how to cook they begin talking about my "pobre esposo" or poor husband.  Its a big deal here for women to know how to cook.  Every home we have been to the women know how to cook VERY well. I love the food here. Most meals here have chicken and different types of rice. I had crepas the other day, which is...actually I have no idea what it is, but to me it was like mashed potatoes  but better. I also had Paella which is this special type of rice with crazy seafood. I ate it with my Dueños (the people that we are renting the apartment from) and she had a massive pot on the stove just for that! It was nice eating with them, they have had missionaries renting from them for about 15 years but have had little exposure to the church. I'm going to guess they were all afraid of developing an awkward relationship with the dueño...so we will see what we can do there.

Yikes, I must be hungry, I better move on ha, ha.

People here are very straightforward, which is being very good for me. I realize that I can be a very sensitive person sometimes, but here I just can't be. The members tell it like it is and don't sugar coat anything. Its nice though because they let us know how we can improve and if we do something well, we know the compliment is sincere.

I get laughed at sometimes because of how animated I am when I talk. The other day I was explaining something to my companion as we were walking down the street and walking by a less active members home that had the lights on...nothing too complicated right? But they started busting up laughing, I thought I had made a Spanish mistake, but no, turns out I am quite the actress when I talk, compared to people in Spain that is (they are very serious and you are lucky if you get more than a smile out of them).

Something I noticed this week is that there is an extremely noticable difference in the spirit in some homes than in others. I couldn't put my finger on it for awhile, but now I know what it is. The homes with a strong spirit are the ones in which there is a worthy priesthood holder. It's as simple as that. While on my mission I have received a new found testimony of the priesthood. I feel like I took that for granted a little at home; I am learning that the priesthood is more than just being able to get a blessing when you are not feeling good, more than just being able to pass the sacrament. It is truly the power and presence of the Lord on the earth. That is what makes our church different from the rest, we have that sacred power and it truly does make all the difference. The comfort and love the priesthood brings to a home is unmistakable and I am so grateful to have been surrounded by worthy priesthood holders thru out my life.

Thank you for your emails and prayers. I love you family,
Hermana Bennett

Thursday, September 19, 2013

so, like, Megan Irene has a family to teach.

Megan reports their zone has been focusing of finding families to teach. She and her companion have been praying for this and a couple they just started teaching had their daughter move in with them so they are teaching the three of them. She is pretty excited about having a family to teach.

On the light side from Megan:

"So a funny thought for the week, the missionaries in my district are starting to notice that when I speak Spanish I still say filler words like "so" and "like," ha ha, its my valley girl California accent coming thru."

"Something interesting here is that people like to go by there first and middle names, for example: Mary Angeles, Maria Rosillo, or Maria Dolores... sooooo Ive decided that when I get home I am going to go by Megan Irene. Isn't that a great idea!!!? (insert cricket sounds here) okay maybe not, but someone could have some fun with that"

Kim is training again.

Kim reports she has loved training and working with her greenie, Sister Spackman. Now with so many new sister missionaries come into the field, her greenie is going to be moved to open a new area and train a greenie of her own. Kim will be training another missionary in Chesterton. We look forward to hearing about transfers. Kim also tells us an investigator of 7 years has finally committed to baptism. She is very excited about that fact.