Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I felt all the blood go to my face. My face was like swelling up I could fell my heart beat in my face and neck. They kept asking if I was going to pass out.

Hi family,

Well I will start by answering a few  of your questions- Yes I got some mail from Sister Bertha, who left me with a cliffhanger!  Can’t wait to hear the rest.  As for food, I ate the hottest pepper in Africa, perhaps the world.  It is called the ghost chili.  It was insanely hot.  Dad, It looks like you are the best ward mission leader ever…at least mum says so?  How are our ward missionaries doing?  How small or large is their area?

We went to the temple with A--- on Thursday. We were supposed to go with her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend also, but J--- was ill so she could not make it with us and we only went with A----. She just loved it there.  It was awesome to be with her as she felt the spirit there.  She wants to be baptized, but that won’t happen for along time.  She lives with her partner who is an immigrant.  They have a great boy together but in order to be baptized obviously one has to move out, or they need to be married. He cannot move because he is an immigrant and is assigned to her address.  Because of his immigrant status he can’t get a job until he is signed up properly which takes time.  A--- can’t have him leave because she is the reason he is surviving and they can’t be married because he is married to a different English lady who he has lost all contact with.  Even if he got the papers, he wouldn’t be able to divorce her because he could be deported I guess.  It is confusing, but tonight we are having the Bishop over to talk with them.  He will hopefully be able to find a solution to this that will help them create a path leading to their baptism.

We saw Q---, our recent convert this week.  He is doing well!  He is funny, he whipsers at random times to answer you and whenever he does we start laughing so hard.  Then he starts laughing too.  We are teaching an 8 year old boy who is being baptized Sunday.  He is a child of record but his family wanted him to be taught by us.  We were finishing up and were about to leave when the parents said we have a few jackets that don’t fit G--- anymore (dad) so let us see if they fit you.  We scored because one fit me and the other fit Diaz.   Elder Keller leaving meant lots of packing and trades.  I bought a suit from him really cheap so that was a great deal!  So as for you asking how my clothes were holding up clothes, I am still alright and don’t need anything at all. I have plenty.
Looking great! Ready to teach the world!

So let me tell you about the pepper… we went to a Ghanaian family and did service for them and then we ate fufu and peanut stew.  I still love it.  Please tell the Pattersons. Haha Then, as we were leaving I asked if they had any pepe (pepper) and they said they had the hottest pepper in the world! It’s called the ghost pepe so they gave it to me to take home. I was going to give it to elder Wilson because I knew he would accept the challenge and then I thought that it isn’t fair to make someone do something I wouldn’t do so I ate it. Man it was spicy! As soon as I ate it my nose started dripping and my eyes were just tearing up immediately...  I felt all the blood go to my face. My face was like swelling up I could fell my heart beat in my face and neck. They kept asking if I was going to pass out. It was so hot! But I am a man, and waited probably 2 minutes and then had something to drink.  It was bad.  Hottest thing I have ever eaten.  Tell your elders the habanero is kids' stuff. 
The ghost chili


It’s pretty depressing in our 4 man flat right now because none of us EVER get real mail so we always hear the mail man and we never hear any mail. Whenever someone gets mail we get it at district meeting so we see who has mail and I always have one because of Sister Bertha. The other elders think that she is a girlfriend but I always explain to them that I don’t have any girlfriends, let alone one that lives in Encinitas. I explain that she is a friend’s mother, but they never believe me.  Oh well.  Either way I am glad she writes me.  I know my friends are glad you write them mum. 

Have a good week and write me a real letter.

Elder Mecham- love you all

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