Elder Caina and Elder Passey came in from the Westbank, which is past New Orleans, today with their car, so I had a few minutes to visit while they were in the office--specifically with Elder Caina. He came on his mission from San Diego but was actually born in Peru. His family moved to the US when he was 7. Then his parents divorced and mom remarried a non-Spanish speaker, so Elder C had to learn English to communicate (and probably also to survive in school). After that, his family didn't use Spanish. But he didn't need a refresher course in the MTC, since he was only there for 2 weeks. He doesn't have even a hint of a Spanish accent, but I'll bet his Spanish sounds very native.
|Elder Ross and Elder Stratford, left, came from New Orleans, and Elder Gillen and Elder Toone from DeRidder, a good 3 hours away.|
|Sister Morris and Sister Boehme are from Chalmette (where Rocky & Carlo's is)|
They also had to bring their car about 80 miles--one way!