Keni's dad gave a talk in church today. There are five missionaries in their ward and the parents took five minutes or so each to update on their missionary. This is what he reported:
Keni has been out just over 2 months, and has been in the field about 3 weeks.
Her companion is Hermana Condie, and they are getting along great.
She is currently in the Ttio district of Cusco, Peru. She has already had to speak in church. She, of course is critical of her Spanish, but Hna Condie says that she is doing great
One story she shared with us when we were able to talk to her on Christmas was of a family that they recently started teaching. They found them after being rejected by dozens of people. In their first lesson, they told her and Hna Condie that they were also seeing the Jehovah Witnesses. They said that they liked Keni and Hna Condie much better, they liked how they felt when they were there, and they liked their message.
Some other stories from her emails:
"We had a Christmas "party" with this married couple that are investigators, but recently they told us that they don´t believe in the Book of Mormon. Sooo we´re subtely reteaching them the lessons and hoping their hearts are softened, because they´re absolutely amazing people, and I know they´d love the gospel, if they could just get around the whole not believing in the Book of Mormon thing :)"
"We´re teaching this less active lady, Carol, and she´s one of the most amazing people I´ve ever met. I don´t know how she ended up being less active, because she believes everything, she understands pretty much everything, and she has more faith than a lot of people. She´s so perfect. Also she´s one of the nicest people I've ever met."
"We also found this new family, and they´re amazing. We´ve only taught them once, but they came to our ward christmas party and we´re teaching them again tonight. I have such high hopes for them. They´re family is so so cute and they´re just some of the sweetest people I´ve ever met. And they were waiting for us in the POURING RAIN to come pick them up for the Christmas party. The streets were rivers, and they were still willing to come to our ward party. These people. I love them :)"
The scriptures say "the worth of souls is great in the sight of God... And if you should labor all your days... And bring save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy" I think the most important soul we can bring is our own. In talking with Keni, I see that in her. She has always been strong in her faith, and in the gospel, but she has thrown herself completely into the work. From her emails, and the short hour that we got to talk to her, It is apparent that she is truly happy. That she completely loves the work she is doing, and completely loves the people of Cusco. She knows that this is where the Lord wants her, and where she needs to be.