He is serving in the San Pedro Branch, which is part of the Belize City District. There are four other branches in the district but they all are on the mainland.
I think the address the church has for the chapel is fun - "17 Pescador/Laguna Drive ; Between the bakery and the bridge." If you know where the bakery and the bridge are, you are set.
It is interesting that the Branch President, Gerald Locke, shows to have a San Salvador, El Salvador address. I will never complain about my commute to the stake center again.
Opportunities provided to Kevin by serving in this branch include:
- Teaching Primary
- Teaching Seminary and Institute
- Translating for the district president who only speaks Spanish
- Making the bank deposit for donations
Here is a little information on San Pedro Town, the "city" in which the branch is located.
San Pedro Town is the major settlement on the island. San Pedro's populace has grown to 4,000 plus year round inhabitants, with constant pressure from the mainland to immigrate to San Pedro due to a perception by mainlanders that it is the major or most lucrative source of income for the entire country. The residents are mostly of Mexican descent and speak both Spanish and English. The island has the largest concentration of visitor accommodations in Belize and its hotels, fishing and diving facilities are some of the best in the country.
In case you were wondering, Kevin is in the same time zone as us.
If you worried about how he did on Thanksgiving, here is his report. "Thursday was Thanksgiving day and unfortunately they don't celebrate thanksgiving here like the U.S. But there was a restaurant that had a thanksgiving plate with mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, turkey, cranberries, rolls, and a piece of chocolate cake. It helped me feel better about my thanksgiving but it was kind of expensive, but worth it. "
Finally, here is Kevin's testimony.
"I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that this is the true church of Jesus Christ that He leads and guides through a modern day prophet. I know that by keeping the commandments with all diligence and by giving heed to the counsel of the leaders of the church we will be able to find peace and protection in a world of sadness and sin."