Monday, July 25, 2016

First Baptism, Migration, and a Bag of Water

Greetings kids,

Well things have been pretty good recently. I'm officially a resident of El Salvador now (or something like that) had to go to migration (3 hour bus ride) to San Salvador, but it was aight. Then went on changes twice, once with my "grandpa" so that was pretty good. This week has been fairly unusual because we´ve had a ton of meetings and stuff which took away from the normal work, but its all been good. Pupusa count is now at 11. Spanish I don't know its better but pretty much the same. Also we had a baptism yesterday morning. I didn´t know her too well before because I'm new, but it was still a pretty good experience. she's a 19 year old girl and yeah. I'll send pics in a bit. We only got 11 investigators this week, and 9 less actives, but we had a very weird week. I had to go to migration, we had a multizone conference with the presidente, and we had 2 exchanges. There´s this investigator that decides to breastfeed every time we go over. I straight up look her in the eyes then she lifts of her shirt and the child starts going to town. I mean it is a natural thing and kids need it, but come on lady. Today the bus was crammed so I could only hold on to the bars on the outside of the bus with my toes on one of the steps, but that's normal here. Still cool though.

We eat some Honduran food because this guy will give it to us for free twice a week, it's way good. I've Only had 11 pupusas. My favorite investigator is Otmaro and Alexandra, or Luis. Mainly his family as a whole because they´re just fun to visit and talk with. Haven't had anything too outstanding spiritually, but I´ve started reading the old testament and new, and its pretty good. I don't know why we don't read it more. In the New Testament Jesus is spittin straight fire to all the newbs. It's dope. My area is fairly nice, and we have the nicer area where we live, then the ghetto where the streets are crappy gravel. Everyone is pretty nice though. 25 cents for a bus to one of our areas that´s fairly nice. If you thought hammocks were popular in the US, think again. EVERYONE has at least one hammock right in the middle of their living room or kitchen. P-days don´t feel like p-days yet, because they´ve been fairly disorganized. We play soccer at the church though and that's pretty fun. We write in a crappy internet cafe right now, but its aight. Sometimes we go to the stake center just depends. We´ve got like 12 people with a baptismal dates, not sure how many will follow through, but we got them. obviously we hope they all do. all is well, life is good and moving. The comp is good too. Huge-normous volcano that´s poking up out of no where.

Baptism, the bishop did it.
My watch tan.
My desk with the glorious bags of water.
Me, my trainer, and his trainer, our little generation I guess.

Monday, July 18, 2016

First Area, Colonial Ward, San Miguel!

Well I´m in El Salvador now! I´m in San Miguel! One of the hottest places in the country. I sweat like none other, and my skin is always so slimy and nasty, but its aight. My companion is elder Westra from Manti Utah. He´s been out for 6 months all of it in San Miguel. Things are good. I love bags of water. In the MTC they said, "Don´t drink the bags of water", but every day in the field we have 4-6 bags of water. Its cheap, easy, and delicious.

I don't know what you want to hear. Its pretty safe here. Not a lot of gangsters. Everyone here is pretty nice. There are some interesting people around here, but its all cool. My apartment is fairly nice. We got ants that like to hangout, and a cockroach that likes to shower with me. All is well though. I´ve only had 6 pupusas so far, but all the food is good. Spanish isn´t too bad. I can speak fairly well, its just hard understanding the people because they don´t talk normally. if you wanted to say we (nosotros) here the people would say "nojotro". They don´t really say their S's a whole lot. but other than that its not too bad. I saw a dude wearing a sounders jersey with Dempsey on the back, so that was pretty dope! I nut megged a Guatemalan pretty hard, so that was sick. (soccer stuff) Never loved mo-tab so much because its the only music we have. It's good here, so far so good at least. Ask me q´s cause I don´t know what else to say.

These are of us at the Guatemala Temple:
These are pictures from the Guatemala MTC:
These are some of the Elders with me in the Guatemala city center:
The San Salvador Temple:
The mission president and his wife:
Our group from the MTC after arriving at the mission president's home in San Salvador:
Enjoying the view of the city:
Me and Elder Westra in our house in San Miguel:
Elder Vaughan