Happy Birthday this tomorrow day Doug! May you fulfill this year happy and fulfill many others!
So it was another quick week. Elder Richardson is staying here in Quillón another six weeks. This is the cambio when we get to meet Presidente Humphrey, should be good times! The Soto family is on their way to Zion (the new Jerusalem), the youngest, Jorge (15) asked us yesterday how soon he could get baptized, and was very pleased to know that he will do so next Sunday! The rest are soon to follow!
Winter hit, and we had the first rain this weekend (it was long long overdue). It's been raining since Friday night, and is still doing so, with a bit of hail as well. Needless to say, it's cold. But we're able to be warm-kept. Almost everyone has a wood stove here in Quillón, which serves mostly to heat the house and also for boiling water. Very effective, but they make walking outside a pain, as the world is just covered with a haze of smoke. On the subject of smoke, there was a forest fire near our house! Video to follow.
I'm kicking myself for not having taken a picture, but there's a strange fruit here called the Caquis (Kakeese). This fruit is a very late fruit, the majority still aren't ripe. They grow from trees, and continue growing after all the leaves have fallen. They're orange, about the size and form of a tomato. The strange thing with these is that as you eat them (especially if they're not fully ripe) they have a temporary numbing/drying effect on the mouth. After chewing for four seconds, it feels that your entire mouth dries up; you can hardly feel your gums, lips, teeth, or tongue for about a minute and a half afterward. Almost like chewing on a cotton ball and getting a dentist shot. They taste pretty good, I wouldn't snack on them though.
We discovered a section of our sector called Florida this week. It's about 25-30 minutes by bus from Quillón, and is quite possibly bigger than Quillón. The problem is getting anybody from there to come to Church. The Elders Quorum president and the Patriarch live there, and according to them, there's an interesting situation of religion. Among the Evangelicals (pretty much just means Non-Catholic) there's a very large group that keeps going from church to church in Florida, and concluding at each one that they're not true, just lacking something. BUUUT until Quillón becomes a Ward, and thus Chillán can remain a Stake, Florida can't become a branch. So, the focus is back in, we've got a little over 5 months to qualify for Ward status, meaning just a few more tithe-paying Melchizedek Priesthood holders, we're almost there, but are going to have to crank out some serious work, fasting and miracles.
Elder Kent Pimentel
Elder Kent Pimentel